Fact: No business is “too small” for the cloud.
In fact, one could argue that small to mid-sized businesses stand to gain more from the cloud than their larger competitors, given the technology’s potential to dramatically reduce costs, boost productivity and increase functionality—all for a relatively minor investment.
“The cloud levels the playing field a bit between small and large businesses,” explains Asher Singer, CEO of Expert Computer Solutions. “It’s essentially a wealth of big data that any company can capitalize on. You don’t need to be a huge company to need cloud computing—it addresses needs that are common to all business models and sizes.”
Singer also stresses that who can use the cloud has nothing to do with budget size, either. “You don’t need a huge bank account. You just need an open mind as to the many ways this technology can radically enhance your business,” he says.
While there are numerous ways the cloud can make you more successful, small-business owners should take note of the following:
1. Reduced costs.
Some people think cloud computing is expensive, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Plain and simple: cloud computing saves small businesses money.
Because all your data is (safely) floating up there in the “cloud,” you don’t need to buy as much hardware or software to store it yourself. Meanwhile the hardware you do have can be dedicated to other uses, so you can do more with less.
Having less costs less too. Using less hardware means decreased power usage, maintenance, installation and support costs.
2. Better collaboration among employees.
Ever been in a meeting where one guy has the second most recent draft of document? Frustrating, right? (Not to mention slightly embarrassing for the guy). The cloud streamlines workflow by allowing everyone access to the same documents and files. All changes and edits are made in real time, so no matter what, you’re always looking at the most current version of a document.
The cloud is excellent for project management too. When the whole team is working off one master document, everyone can see what everyone else is doing. It’s a great tool for clear communication and tracking progress.
3. The cloud minimizes digital clutter.
Rather than emailing updated attachments back and forth, you can simply refer people to, say, a Google doc, and tell them to view your changes that way (and vice versa).
This same technology also makes sharing large files that transmit slowly via email (or in some cases not at all) instantaneous.
4. Enables you to work from anywhere.
Small business owners are some of the busiest people in the world. They have families, homes and friends to take care of, in addition to entire enterprises resting on their shoulders. They need to be flexible about where and when they work, and the cloud allows this flexibility. Documents saved on the cloud can be accessed from anywhere at any time of day, so people can work from home, in the line at the bank, sitting in the vet’s office…you get the idea.
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