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In the world today, there is significant growth in the remote workforce, which has made moving to the cloud a necessity for almost every business. For small businesses, remote work is an important addition since it allows them to compete with heavyweights. Cloud solutions are incredibly valuable since they allow small businesses with limited infrastructure and staff to access affordable tools to help them do business and grow. As a small business considering a transition to the cloud, you need to understand the benefits you will gain from it. As a small business, here are some advantages that you can get by adopting cloud computing.

  1. Provides more flexibility for small businesses

Cloud computing is a solution to the ever-growing bandwidth demands for small businesses. It becomes easy to scale up your capacity with cloud-based services by taking advantage of remote servers. When you have more demands from customers or operations, you can easily increase the bandwidth. It is also easy when you want to downsize or scale down. This kind of flexibility gives businesses a real advantage in improving operational efficiency.

  1. Cloud-based services have data recovery

Data loss can be devastating to any business, small or large. The devastation is not only about the loss of files but also the time and money spent while trying to recover them. Investing in in-house data backup solutions is expensive and inefficient for most businesses. However, getting a robust data recovery is ideal. Cloud computing helps small businesses establish the robustness of data recovery methods. Due to the expertise that the cloud-based services have, they can provide fast data recovery after any disaster, including enabling data to be wiped from a stolen laptop.

  1. Eliminates tedious software updates

One crucial thing about the cloud is that you do not have the servers within your premises. This means a third party is responsible for the hardware and software and regular system updates. A cloud can also reduce the cost of maintenance by up to 16%. This means that the money saved can be put into other things, such as designing and developing market solutions and interacting directly with the customer.

  1. Subscription services ease cash flow management

With the rise in subscription-based business models, small businesses no longer have to invest massive capital in purchasing hardware, software and storage. Rather, they can pay as they go. It is also easy to set up and manage IT projects, which have become a lot friendlier. It has made it easy for small businesses to take their first step toward cloud adoption.  

  1. Cloud computing means employees can work from anywhere

Small businesses often lack enough office space or have none at all in terms of internet-based enterprises. With cloud computing, you can work from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. The most serious cloud services offer mobile apps, and employees will not be restricted by their devices. Considering there are millions of smartphone users globally, accommodating them through mobile apps ensures workers can use whatever device they have in their possession. With this flexibility in working, workers can enjoy a work-life balance that suits them without adversely affecting productivity. According to Gartner, a work-life balance makes employees happy and leads to an organization attracting higher-skilled workers.

  1. Collaboration

Collaboration is a key selling point of cloud computing that any business-small or large- can benefit from. When your teams can access documents, edit and share them any time from any location, they can work together. File sharing apps and workflow solutions help teams update in real-time and fully visualize their collaborations.

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