Perhaps you’ve thought that your startup business could benefit from the cloud, but didn’t know how it could serve your particular needs. Well, business in the cloud means having online automatic backup services and easy, automatic file syncing and sharing. This doesn’t even include being able to access any file from anywhere in the world at any time. When your business is cloud based, saving money becomes an automatic perk, as well.
The following are just a few more reasons why your startup business needs the cloud.
Companies spend a lot of money on hardware, software and hiring and maintaining an IT staff when first starting their businesses. Fortunately, using the cloud can now change that. Your cloud service provider installs, manages, troubleshoots and takes care of all ongoing support for your IT staff. It also takes less hardware to run your business from the cloud, which helps to free up IT resources.
Your business consists of databases, documents, presentations, audio and huge amounts of files. Until now, this all has been physically stored on flash drives, network attached storage (NAS) and external hard drives, but these kinds of storage options make your business extremely vulnerable to loss. This way, your data can be stolen, your office can flood, your building can catch on fire or your system can suffer a devastating crash that wipes out your drives, destroying all your data.
On the other hand, the cloud is like a giant external hard drive that is conveniently located in one easily accessible online location. This way, you won’t have to worry about losing files. Furthermore, free online backup can be customized to be done at a time you specify. Zip Cloud, for instance, is a cloud service provider that has unlimited file storage no matter the size for only $4.95 per month.
Mobility and Sharing
Being able to access your entire business anywhere is priceless. Through the cloud you can share and access information wirelessly, which is one of the cloud’s biggest benefits. For example, Dropbox is a great way for employees to share documents, presentations and photos with each other. It also helps to eliminate time-consuming emails because everyone can see what is being worked on in the cloud. And, all files can be synced between all devices from smartphones to computers.
Customer Service and HR
Customers are your bread and butter; therefore, exceptional customer service is needed for a business to survive. The cloud provides various features for your customers such as giving them real time personalized video support, which they can access through any of their devices. They also can use the cloud to get quick answers to their questions 24/7. Salesforce, for instance, has always-on customer service, personalized service and multichannel support. Furthermore, the cloud gives you tools such as bookkeeping, invoicing and payment processing so you can deal with customers, employees and projects.
The cloud is cost-effective in many ways. For example, you don’t have to pay for training courses or software licenses, which can be expensive if you have a lot of employees. And, since you don’t need a physical location to store and backup your data, you save money on office rent.
Being a subscriber to a cloud service provider means free software updates and upgrades. Due to SaaS (software as a service) and API (application programming interfaces), a company’s programmers can write their own programs to be compatible with other programs and thereby save on application and program expenses.
One of the best benefits of the cloud is that many providers have pay-as-you-go payment plans. This means you only have to pay for what you use, and there is no long term contract to worry about.