Guest Post by Jason Hunter:
Using the cloud for business is quickly becoming a standard. With the versatility, security and ease of the cloud, any business big or small can integrate services into their current processes and procedures. With so many possibilities, some small business owners are still wondering if the cloud is right for them. The fact is that it’s right for everyone. So if you are still on the fence about whether your small business should start using certain services, consider what the cloud is and how it can be used.
Cloud Services for Small Business
There are times in business when you are looking for ways to increase productivity. Perhaps you hired new employees and need to find a solution for sharing, sending and giving access to data they need. Some businesses are making the change to mobile computing and remote employees. These are all cases where cloud services can benefit your company. Here a few cloud options you may want to consider:
- Cloud Storage: One of the main uses for the cloud is storing files virtually. With cloud file-storage you have the ability to access your company’s files from anywhere. This also allows for multiple users so your employees can access as well.
- Large File Transfers: Even with technology evolving, one innovation that is lacking is the ability to email large files. If you have large files that are important to production, the cloud allows you to upload and share these files or send them to users directly depending on the service you use.
- Mobile Access: As mentioned, the world of business is constantly moving, literally. With tablets and smartphones making it possible to work from anywhere, integrating mobile technology with your current business practices is easy to do with the cloud.
- Backup: Computers are unpredictable, and when they crash, they rarely give you a warning. With the cloud, you can virtually backup up your files and assure they are accessible in cases where your computer crashes. This offers peace of mind that your business will survive the most unpredictable computer issues.
Cost Benefits of the Cloud
For many small businesses, the initial start-up costs are high. The cloud is a cost-effective way to start your business and increase steadily as your business grows. Without knowing what the future of your business holds, you can start your cloud services low and increase the services as needed. This eliminates the costs of high end servers that won’t initially be utilized. Customizability and scalability are among the most attractive characteristics of the cloud for business.
Aside from less needed equipment costs, you also save on energy. Less office equipment transfers to less spending on electric. The cloud is one of the methods businesses are becoming greener by using less energy, saving on overhead costs and are only using the services and storage space they need when they need it.
For small businesses, options for increasing productivity and lowering costs are limited. However, with cloud services and properly utilizing them, a small business can immediately see savings. As your company grows, so can your cloud.
Jason Hunter is a blogger offering small business advice, such as how to use the cloud to send large files.
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