Using cloud services is a great way for small businesses to save time and money, reduce risk and improve the ease of collaboration for employees. Let’s find out how.
Even if you haven’t quite realised it yet, you’re using cloud services every day. How? Consider this – when you check your email from your laptop at home you’re using cloud computing, when you make a payment using an app on your phone you’re using the cloud, when you advertise a job opportunity on LinkedIn, you’re using…well, the cloud again.
You get the picture – using cloud services to manage our day-to-day workload has become so common for most of us that we don’t even think about it. But let’s take a look at the specific advantages of using multiple cloud services for your small business:
- Using cloud services helps cash flow:
Remember the not-so-good-old times when businesses had to account for high costs related to hardware set up and IT teams required to manage computing demands? Thanks to pay-as-you-go and subscription-based cloud models that take care of mass-scale computing power, you can cut out a lot of those costs and don’t need to shell out a large amount in one go.
- Using cloud services provides more flexibility to employees:
The other big advantage of the cloud is that as long as you have an internet connection, it doesn’t matter where you’re working from. In fact, now with an increasing number of cloud services offering mobile apps, you could easily be working from your smartphone. This helps small businesses offer their employees more flexibility and work from home options, which means less pressure on the business for infrastructure and better work-life balance for the employees. Win-win.
- Using cloud services improves ease of collaboration:
Cloud-based services like Dropbox or Google Docs, allows multiple users to share and edit files at the same time with administrators controlling access permissions. This means different team members sitting in different locations using different devices could all be working together on the same document saving the business some significant time. You no longer need to email files back and forth as heavy attachments trying to track the ‘final’ edits to copy or format. With a cloud, files get stored in one place, clearing up the space on everyone’s devices.
- Using cloud services reduces security issues:
Another great thing about using the cloud is that it reduces the risk of cybersecurity issues such as attacks from hackers or viruses. You don’t need to worry about losing precious data or classified information if a device is lost or stolen. Your data is stored online and is not tied to your machine. Plus the vendors of your cloud service will take care of not just software updates but also security updates.
- Using cloud makes your business more efficient:
Apart from cutting costs, moving to a cloud service also means you don’t need to worry about maintaining heavy-duty servers, which takes the pressure off from things like power requirements or space considerations. Plus, most importantly, it gives you access to the latest technology giving you the opportunity to be a market disruptor while remaining agile and cost-conscious.