4 ways the cloud can change how you do business

While there was once a time when small businesses needed to make significant investments to compete on a global scale. Cloud computing has changed all that. If you’re intrigued by the idea of bringing the cloud to your business, you need to learn the benefits. Now is the time to go explore them.

You’ll reduce your business costs while growing it

Historically, growing your business was expensive because of the need for resource investment. One of the major advantages of cloud technology is that you cut out the costs of hardware. At the same time, you can increase or decrease your IT resources as your business’s demands change.

Being able to decrease your resources means you avoid wasting money on hardware that you don’t later use. Many cloud computing contracts are flexible, too, especially those that come with pay-as-you-go models. As a small business, this allows you to save money on an area that’s usually expensive. With the money you save, you could increase spending elsewhere and scale your organization accordingly.

Disaster recovery comes naturally

Imagine a day in your business operations where all your IT resources are lost. Depending on the size of your organization, this could mean a significant reduction in revenue. To add to this, your clients are likely to lose some faith in you and may begin suspecting that you’re unable to protect their data. As a small business, you probably can’t afford to take hits to your reputation.

Disaster recovery has traditionally been a slightly sore point for small businesses. Many have lacked the financial resources required to navigate periods of system downtime. Thanks to cloud computing, disaster recovery now comes naturally. Don’t worry anymore about what you will do if your IT systems fail because everything is stored on a cloud database.

Employees can enjoy remote working

According to Business Insider, 50% of employees will work remotely by 2020 and cloud computing is helping to facilitate the movement. By using the cloud to host your work files and collaborative databases, it’s easy for employees to work at a distance while remaining on the same page as their in-office colleagues.

Remote working can become an advantage to your business in several ways. In addition to reducing overhead, allowing employees to work from home for two days a week or more could boost productivity. Additionally, you can send employees on trips and to conferences while remaining confident that they can access the same files as everyone else with ease.

Security and updates become easier

Running all your software from your office means you’re the person who’s responsible for security and updates. When you fail to keep up with the pace, you allow your system to become vulnerable to viruses and hackers. Once again, data loss is an easy way to lose your clients’ confidence and it can harm your business’s reputation.

In contrast, using cloud computing ensures that all the maintenance takes place without you having to put in the time and effort. Those who provide your cloud server will manage the maintenance for you, which gives you one less task to do. In addition to reducing the likelihood of you forgetting to perform an update, this approach frees up your time for other areas of your business.

Overall, cloud computing reduces costs for small businesses, it increases security, and it prevents reputation-damaging data loss.

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