Work anywhere, anytime
At the job I held before I started my own business I could access our database and email from any Internet connection. That meant when the truck broke down coming back from my yearly family reunion and I had to miss a day at the office, I was still able to do a few hour’s work via the hotel’s Wi-Fi connection. Better yet, after the birth of my “oops” baby I was able to do the majority of my work from home from 6:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (I worked 30 hours a week) and stop in at the office once or twice a week.
As a business owner in consulting I am fortunate because I am pretty sure I could place ALL of my back office in the cloud. I have not yet because I do not work from any devices other than my desktop. (Watch me use a tablet and you will get your daily quota of deep laughter, and I can not pinch so I do not even get a smart phone to turn on.)
My files already live in the cloud as I mentioned last time so only my programs live on my desktop. I currently work with Microsoft Office 7 and Adobe CS3 or 5 (depending on the individual programs) and if a disaster struck (or I decide they are too outdated for me to function with anymore) I could easily subscribe to the versions available online to access my files.
As am I writing this and looking at the other free-to-download program icons on my desktop I realized I need to create a file with their names and download link so I can get to them easily. Am I really going to remember the name of the program I use once a month to pull my YouTube stats after a disaster? I have approximately 15 of these types of programs and if my desktop was destroyed I am sure I would not remember them all.
You can see how having as many cloud-based programs as possible can make your business run smoother when dealing with minor (or major) employee issues or major disasters. I have more reasons to embrace the cloud coming in future posts.
Until next time…
Have a great day,
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