Should you move your small business to cloud?May 24, 2017
Article Written by Mike Thatcher
Cloud computing can bring small businesses to big changes. And, that’s exactly what it’s supposed to do.
The first ones to realize that these big changes are taking place at the very moment while we are talking about it are both small-business owners from tech startups to local crafts shops.
Around 37% of US small businesses have fully transferred to the cloud, and this percentage is about to grow, naturally.
Intuit study predicts that the number of businesses who transferred their business online will even double by 2020 – making 80% of all the businesses.
The cloud has changed the way small businesses do and think about business.
If you are a business owner, here are four reasons you should consider migrating to the cloud:
1. Safe and secure
The cloud is probably one of the most secure ways to store all your data. Using cloud software will prevent the access to your data if your laptop is stolen.
As opposed to your hard drive, cloud software will keep all your data safe, even in cases of natural disasters, fire, floods, etc.
As long as you have WiFi connection, your data will be accessible at any moment, and you will be up and running.
What’s more, you can track with more precision who has access to your data and can control the level of access people have.
This is much more secure than the old-fashioned way of emailing your files, which we hope you don’t do anymore, or even worse, sending out a USB stick.
2. Better collaboration
Collaboration is made easy in the cloud, especially if you are working with a remote team.
Cloud collaboration tools, such as Google Drive and numerous other SaaS solutions will allow all the team members to upload, remote, edit and comment on documents.
Additionally, more timely responses are obtained if your colleague just has a mobile phone.
A mobile phone, combined with tools like Hangouts, Skype or Slack, means numerous ways to stay in the loop with your team or clients.
3. More agile
One of the most powerful benefits of storing your data on the cloud is being able to access them from any device in any place at any time.
Transferring to the cloud will eventually speed up traditional workflows and challenge teams to adjust to the change and think differently.
While initial issues are prone to happen, make sure you make time to everyone to overcome the obstacles.
4. More hiring opportunities
Moving your business to the cloud will not set any boundaries to hiring professionals from all around the world who work remotely.
The first ones to adopt outsourcing all around the globe – were the people who had all their processes on the cloud!
As a matter of fact, most of the online companies are already using the remote hiring strategies as their top ace.
Cloud computing makes it easier to handle employee’s work outside of the office. Numerous apps help that too. If you multiply that two – you can get yourself a remote professional and cut some costs.
Cloud computing solutions will give your business the possibility to expand quickly and scale back to lower branches without any additional and unnecessary costs.
Earlier businesses had to keep some reserve (additional servers, software licenses, storage capacity) on the bench for the unexpected growth of their computing needs.
Cloud computing solutions make scaling easier. If you decide to add more staff, or otherwise needs additional resources, SaaS solutions will allow you to do that in a snap.
About the Author
Mike Thatcher is a Digital Ninja with a years’ long experience. Digital nomad by the place of residence, he is passionate about entrepreneurship and leading small businesses and startups. His current focus is helping businesses create better growth systems.