As an entrepreneur you want to spend your time worrying about the important things like your company’s growth and bottom line, not data storage. Cloud storage has increased drastically in popularity among small business owners, details a study conducted by SugarSync, and choosing the right option for your small business saves you time and money, making it a worthwhile investment. The study found that 90 percent of small businesses consider file and folder sync an essential tool for success. So, stop relying on thumb drives and localized storage, and start experiencing the flexibility and freedom of the cloud.
If your small business often sends large files, Hightail is the ideal cloud storage option. According to Top 10 Cloud Storage, Hightail makes it easy to send files that are too large to send via email. To be more exact, this cloud storage solution has the ability to send files that are up to 2GB in size. Additionally, the Hightail Professional option offers a secure way to sign digital documents. This feature can potentially save your company money and time by making the print, sign and scan method obsolete.
Price: Free for 2GB of storage or $15.99 per month for unlimited storage.
We know that as a small business you’re always looking for ways to save a few dollars. Dropbox is a free cloud storage system that provides its users with saving and sharing capabilities while keeping documents secure. Although Dropbox for Business is not free, it does offer tools tailored for small businesses including unlimited file recovery, remote wipe, single sign-on and a collaborative platform. When deciding between the free and paid version of Dropbox, consider the size of your business and the amount of file sharing that takes place on a daily basis.
Price: Dropbox for Business is $15 per user per month with a minimum of 5 users.
This well-known cloud storage solution is great for small businesses that need more than just a way to save and share files. Google Apps for Business offers a full product suite including a professional email system, online storage, shared calendars and video meetings. By using Drive, Sheets and Hangouts, your team can simultaneously view the latest version of your budget, or by using Gmail, Drive and Docs, your employees can work from a computer, tablet or smartphone. Plus, Admin, Drive and Gmail keeps your company’s data secure.
Price: The first 30GB of storage per user are $5 per month with unlimited storage plans starting at $10 per user per month.
SugarSync is best for entrepreneurs that like to keep it simple. This file-syncing program and storage service works behind the scenes to provide the most recent version of a file to its users. Plus, it offers the ability to access previous versions of a file, says PCMag. SugarSync for Business comes with admin controls and live phone support. Companies that need to store large amounts of data will find SugarSync’s high storage capacity more than adequate.
Price: $7.49 per month for 60GB, $9.99 per month for 100GB or $24.99 per month for 250GB.
Microsoft’s cloud storage solution OneDrive was previously known as SkyDrive, and is the most generous when it comes to free storage space. And, because OneDrive for Business is part of Office 365, it’s compatible with Windows, iOS and Android, making it easy for small businesses working on various platforms to share files. Also, the OneDrive app for Windows Phone is considered the best mobile cloud storage solution on the market since the OneDrive features are already integrated into the Windows Phone operating system, comments CNET.
Price: The first 15GB are free, and 1TB is $2.50 per month per user with an annual commitment.