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Benefits of Cloud Computing: Storage Options for Small Business

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What is cloud computing? The “Cloud” is a term used to describe the Internet. Information stored in “the cloud” is actually stored in servers all around the world, and accessed through the Internet. When you utilize cloud computing, you store data and software applications remotely, rather than saving information directly to your hard drive. This method of data storage has a number of benefits, including redundancy, convenience and improved operations.

Redundancy With Cloud Computing

Redundancy, or preserving data by ensuring that multiple copies are available at any given time, is an absolute necessity for business owners. By saving your critical data in the cloud, you’re reducing your chances of losing information due to a hardware failure, virus, natural disaster or any other calamity that can befall your computer. Online backups are a simple and convenient way to provide redundancy for all of your important files.

Convenience of Online Storage

Tired of messing around with CD backups? Too many thumb drives cluttering up your office? Try an online storage service, such as Carbonite, and you can enjoy the secure feeling of knowing that your files are safe without the hassle of performing the backups yourself.

Faster Computing Through the Cloud

Use cloud-based software applications, such as Chrome, Google’s online operating system, to speed up your computer. A computer has limited storage space to hold software and files. The more space you use, and the more programs you run on your computer at any given time, the longer it takes for your computer to perform common tasks. If you transition to Internet-based applications, your computer’s processor is freed up for other tasks, which tends to make everything move faster.

Choose a Provider Carefully

Before you choose a service provider for cloud computing, do extensive research. The company that provides storage and backup services for your business must be reliable and reputable. Do not choose a lower-quality service to save money – when it comes to storing your company’s critical information in the cloud, as with most other business decisions, you’ll get what you pay for.

Jun 7, 2011

Business Backups: Cloud Storage vs. Local Storage

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Should you choose backup media or cloud storage?

If you don’t want your business to crash and burn in the event of a disaster, you need to create a backup plan. You’ve probably heard a lot about “cloud storage” but should you trust your entire company’s financial records to the Internet?

What is the Cloud?

When people talk about the cloud, they’re just referring to the Internet. When you store information on the Internet, it’s not actually floating around in a cloud – it’s actually stored on someone’s servers. Most companies that provide cloud storage services offer robust security, to prevent hacking, and redundancy, to prevent data loss due to equipment loss at the storage facility. On the other hand, you never know… A sophisticated virus or a catastrophic power failure could result in the complete loss of your data.

Better Safe Than Sorry:

When choosing a method of backup, why not try both? An automatic online backup is a great way to keep your data safe, but augment it with monthly local backups, stored in an offsite location, and your data is irrevocably safe.

Need to choose between a paid Internet backup service and a free cloud backup? Don’t forget to do your research!

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Apr 4, 2011

Save Money with Free Printable Timesheets

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Save your timesheets in a binder for continuity

Tired of shelling out cash for timecards that are just going to end up in a bundle in your storage closet? Why not print off some timesheet templates instead?

Free Timekeeping Templates

Print off several timesheets on a single page, and print your pages double-sided to save even more paper. Have your employees track one week on the first side, and the next week on the second side. Just update the hours in your pay journal or bookkeeping program on Friday, and return the sheet to your employee on Monday. Ready to get started? Here’s more info and a free timesheet template.

Mar 29, 2011

Small Business Administration: Rock Stars On Tour?

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Don't Miss the SBA's Jobs Act Tour

The SBA, or small business administration, is a well-known organization that extends a welcome helping hand to small business owners on a local level. Nearly every town has an SBA office, with counselors ready and willing to help you out as you navigate the shark-filled waters of business ownership. So what’s the SBA Rock Star tour all about?

HR5279 AKA the Jobs Act

HR5279, also known as the Small Business Jobs Act, was signed into law in 2010 by President Obama. It has created new programs and changed laws, creating opportunities such as the STEP program for small businesses around the country.

What is the STEP program?

The State Trade and Export Promotion program (STEP) was created to encourage exports among small businesses. HR5279 authorizes the SBA to provide grant funds to states, for distribution to small businesses who need funding to begin or expand export operations.

Going to the SBA Jobs Tour

The SBA has put together a tour to go around the country, explaining the ins and outs of HR5279 and the STEP program. Check out the schedule here: SBA Jobs Tour.

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Mar 26, 2011

Getting Organized

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Organize Your Files to Save Time

If you run a small business, organization is critical to your success. It’s time to get organized!

From a well-designed office layout to a comprehensive file system, you’ll profit from following the maxim, “Everything has a place, and everything in its place” – if your files are in order, you’ll never have any trouble finding what you need, even at a moment’s notice. Also, you won’t have to wonder which customers are behind on payments, or whether you forgot to pay that company credit card bill again.

Mar 20, 2011