Small Businesses Can Compete Using the Cloud

As broadband comes to rural America, small businesses will be asking “Why do I need this if I’ve gone so long without it?” The short answer is that cloud services level the playing field. Small businesses can reach more customers and run more efficient operations; both of these put more dollars in your bank. Imagine having the back office capabilities of fortune 500 companies for a fraction of the price. Consider how many more customers are looking to connect with the small businesses on the cutting edge. The most successful providers have a network that supports these services.

In years past, small business owners had to run applications or software physically downloaded on a computer. This process was expensive, and if you’re still using it, chances are your business is at a major disadvantage. Thanks to the cloud, users—business owners—can access information on any device, anywhere in the world, at any time. It makes running your business much more efficient so you can stay focused on projects without sitting behind a computer all day. If you’re unsure about the cloud, here are some benefits for small businesses of switching to the cloud.

1. Increased Mobility, Flexibility, and Collaboration

61% of empoyees have reported that they work outside of the office at least part of the time. Today’s workforce is rapidly evolving into one that is constantly moving. Freelance workers can work remotely, or an employee can head home early and still collaborate with her boss back at the office. Cloud-based apps make accessing, sharing, and collaborating on information easier than ever before.

2. Increased Security

Server-based programs are more vulnerable to viruses, identity theft, data loss, and intellectual property theft than their cloud-based counterparts. One benefit of the cloud is that your data is backed up offsite. Cloud providers remain on the cutting edge in terms of security tools and controls, advanced encryption, etc,.

3. Disaster Recovery

Cloud based applications have been engineered specifically to save time, avoid extra expenses, and leverage third-party expertise. According to the Aberdeen Group, small businesses are more than 2 times more likely than other sized enterprises to have implemented cloud-based backup and recovery solutions.

4. Cost Efficiency

Instead of purchasing expensive hardware, requiring installing, updating, and maintaining, you can invest in software that will reduce costs like additional IT staff. Suppliers take care of maintenance and updates for you. Cloud implementations have been found to be up to 46% cheaper than their server-based counterparts.

5. Storage Capabilities

Cloud-based apps give you the ability to scale up or down based on your business needs. If your business grows, you’ll need to expand your storage. Instead of purchasing new hardware to do so, you can increase your storage through your cloud provider at a fraction of the cost.

Want to maintain a competitive edge and increase your productivity at a reasonable price? Move to the Cloud today.

This article is based on Eric Hebert’s post on CloudTweaks.