Should you be using cloud services for your small business?

Author: Kieron Doyle

It could well be a great option for you. Cloud services have revolutionised the way businesses operate and make it much easier to access business data from anywhere in the world. It also provides added security if anything were to happen to your physical business premises.

Using cloud services means smaller businesses can get access to technologies which would have been impossible before, allowing them to compete more equally with much larger competitors. Cloud services help to level the playing field. Here are a few reasons we think you should be considering using cloud services for your business:

Access to Accounting Services

Previously, desktop accounting services were incredibly costly and out of the range for small businesses but many of these have been replaced by good value cloud-based services which are ideal for small businesses and often include starter packages.

Incorporating Apps

You may be able to combine all your apps into one cloud service.

You can also get Microsoft Office via the cloud now without having to spend a fortune on software packages which need updating every year. This alone can significantly cut down on a business IT bill.

Reduced requirement for hardware

Because you are now storing all your information, software and data elsewhere, you will no longer need the large servers and computer equipment which you would have had to maintain and upkeep previously.

Easier to work remotely

With cloud computing services you can work remotely and it is easy to manage remote workers within your business. With cloud services everyone can access the data remotely at the same time so you can collaborate on a document even if you are in different countries.

Regular updates are automatic

The apps within cloud computing are generally updated automatically and regularly so there is no need for you to worry about having to spend money on buying the latest updates to your business software. You will always use the latest software version.

Easy access at any time

Cloud applications are easily accessible on all devices, so if you are out and about and remember you needed to pay an urgent invoice, you can do it from your mobile device. No need to worry about being away from the office when expecting an urgent email as you can easily access all your business information on the go.

Easy to get up and running

It’s very easy to get up and running using cloud-based services for your business straight away – no waiting for servers to be delivered and installed – you can get your business up and running straight away and it’s easy to grow and expand within the cloud.

If you are considering moving to cloud-based services for your business then please do get in touch with our experts at Hampshire Business Computers and we can work out the best solution for you.

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