I’ve been a small business owner & adviser for over 11 years now. I not only manage a small writing services company, I also mentor aspiring entrepreneurs. Learning from experience counts for a lot when you’re starting a brand. Because then you know what pitfalls to avoid, and what opportunities to seize. In my own journey, I was fortunate enough to have a head start with a Spectrum internet package. This resource allowed me to connect with a remote workforce – in the cloud. Since back then, I couldn’t even think about affording my own working team.
Cloud computing is one of the most prominent internet breakthroughs of this century. And when worked right, it can really help your small business to start off properly. In this blog post, I’ve listed a few of the common ways in which it can prove helpful.
Today, and seeing many of the cloud computing-based businesses that I’ve helped set up, I don’t know how companies managed in the past. But then maybe that was the reason why there weren’t a lot of brands in those days.
Cloud Computing 101
The working principle behind cloud computing is pretty easy to understand. Very simply, cloud hosts are servers that sell their hosting space to businesses – for a price. This arms small businesses and startups with the following major benefits:
- Little Investment in Storage Hardware Needed
- Automatic Access to the Latest Business Software & Utilities
- Access to a Globally Connected Workforce
- Round-the-clock Customer Services Support
- Powerful Insurance from Site Hardware Malfunctions
- Stringent Protection against Viruses and Cybercriminals
- Less Wastage, and Reduced Carbon Footprint
I’ve briefly elaborated on each of these points below.
The bottom line with these advantages is that small businesses get to save a lot of money through them.
Little (to No) Investment in On-Site Storage Hardware Needed
The main reason why companies choose to go cloud is because it provides them with tons of remote storage space. This space provides for a brand website’s file resourcing needs. Or to run live apps and utilities required for a business’s operations.
With this provision, small businesses only need to invest in basic (front) hardware equipment. Like computer processors, monitors, and keyboards etc. A big cost buster. Which makes room for spending on other expansion avenues.
Automatic Access to the Latest Software Utilities
A cloud host, in the package that you’re given, takes care of all your software updating needs. And in most cases, at very little (to zero) cost. This means that you’re no longer required to pay extra for updating licensing. Or seeing to a new software installation on the request of a specialist employee.
Your host has you pretty much covered on this front. So more saving on the budget.
Link With a Remote Workforce
As I’ve already pointed out above, small businesses often don’t have the luxury of a large, on-site workforce. To get their work started, they depend on the services of freelancing specialists from all over the world. And particularly if they hail from underdeveloped countries – because their service rates tend to be lower.
Cloud computing makes such connections possible – and with a great deal of ease. Once you’re signed onto a suitable hosting package with your provider, you’ll get linked in no time.
It couldn’t get more ideal.
24/7 Customer Support
As the proverbial ‘cherry on top’, most cloud hosts also provide round-the-clock customer support services. Because of this reason, small businesses don’t have to spend extra money in hiring support staff. This is a big plus since customer complaints can arise at any time. And it is not always possible for startups to have employees who are willing to stay up past the pm timeframe.
Insurance from Hardware Malfunctions
In the event of onsite hardware malfunctions or failures, a small business can stand to lose much. This is easily seen during instances of natural disasters and human errors.
When your major files load is in the cloud, it becomes possible to save thousands (and upwards to millions) of dollars in hardware damages. Should such scenarios ever come about!
Stringent Protection against Viruses & Cybercriminals
Along the software tools that they come with, cloud servers also provide powerful antivirus protection. And they help to safeguard users from the threat of cybercriminals too.
Reduced Environmental Impact
Cloud computing results in little paper use. Small business, as a result, get to become environmentally friendly too. Their carbon footprint, which is the measure for ruling out how environmentally friendly a company is, also decreases. A few companies, like Charter with its pioneering Spectrum Double Play project, are really going the distance on this front.