Generally speaking, small business owners want their business to grow. But not all owners have a business growth plan in place.
It’s easy to see why. Small business owners have an endless number of concerns to address on a daily basis. There never seems to be the time to sit down and put together a business growth plan.
Luckily, starting a plan off doesn’t need to be a major undertaking. In fact, your business growth plan can start by making the switch to cloud computing. It might sound simple, but a more flexible approach to computing can really help your business become more nimble and uncover a number of efficiencies.
- Enhancing Collaboration Between Team Members
If we’ve learned anything over the past year, it’s the importance of being able to access important documents outside of the office.
Previously, team collaboration consisted of emailing documents back and forth. It was a slow process that didn’t promote a healthy dialogue between teammates. Disagreements over analyses often played out over email, which often invited misunderstanding.
Now, teammates are able to work on documents at the same time. They can leave comments to explain their reasoning and address any inconsistencies in the moment. For a growing business, the advantages here are clear.
Employees at new businesses are constantly on the move. There are a million and one tasks to handle at any one time, and an endless number of meetings with potential clients and partners. Work time can become scarce. So when the rare opportunity arises to work on a project, you want your teammates to be able to easily access documents no matter where they are and easily pick up where they left off.
- Offering a More Scalable Solution
Not all that long ago, growing businesses in need of additional computing power had few available options. They either ignored the need and continued using their current server system, or purchased additional equipment to keep up with the growing need.
It was expensive and it required cordoning off a lot of space. Thankfully, those days have passed.
Businesses requiring additional computing power, storage space and networking can simply contact their cloud host and settle on a new rate based on the extent to which they need to grow. To make sure your company has the computing capabilities it needs, your IT administrators should be consistently testing your system to determine whether it’s at or near capacity. When the time comes to scale up, your IT administrator can also advise you on the amount of power your business will need for the foreseeable future.
- Data is Always Backed Up
We can’t stress enough to you how important it is to always have your company’s data backed up. For small businesses, necessity is even greater.
Catastrophic data losses, though rare, can serve as the death knell for even the most promising businesses. According to Unitrends, 94 percent of companies that suffer from a catastrophic data loss do not survive, with 43 percent never reopening after the event and 51 percent closing within the next two years. And such losses can stem from an event as commonplace as a brief power outage.
With cloud computing, however, your data is safe. The system frequently backs up your company’s data to keep it intact no matter the severity of a potential data loss event. Cloud hosting facilities are also equipped with multiple backup systems to ensure your data is secure even if the facility itself deals with conditions outside of its control, such as major weather events.
So, if you’re managing a small or medium sized business and have plans to scale up, we’re here to help. Timac Business Systems offers cloud hosting services for small and medium sized businesses from a range of verticals. Our experts are here to develop a cloud computing solution fit for your business.
Contact us today for a free consultation!