There’s nothing easy about being a small business owner. Making the decision to bring your data to the cloud is no small choice and once you’ve made it, therein lies the question of which service will best suit your needs? Many services claim to be the best but indeed fall short of their promises–a problem you don’t want to have when it comes to accessing and keeping your data secure.

We understand how important it is to find the best service for your business, that’s why we have sifted through the market and selected the best options for small businesses.

Amazon S3
If you are on a budget, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) could be a good option for your business. Pricing is based on several factors, including the features that are selected in the initial setup. Although the user interface is a bit more complex in nature and has fewer features than other services, it is more economical in the long run for many small business owners and it offers 5GB free storage.

Box
Box is prized for its security features, which is a feature many small business owners like about it. It offers 10GB of free storage and after that, it’s only $5 per user per month for 100GB of storage space or $15 per person for an unlimited data plan. Although you are not able to edit documents directly online using the Box software, you can share data with external users and collaborate with others outside your data plan, which makes it a great addition to your company’s overall workflow.

Dropbox
Most of us are familiar with the popular and well-known service, Dropbox. Although like Box, there is no online editing built into the software, it does allow you the convenience of dragging and dropping uploads and it is integrated with many applications. Using Dropbox on your smartphone, for example, is simple and provides access to your data anywhere and anytime at the drop of a finger. The service also offers 2GB of free storage space. After that it is $12.50 per user per month for 2TB storage space and $20 per user per month for unlimited space. There is a five-user minimum, so if you have a large firm, Dropbox might not be the best option for your business.

Google Drive
There’s not much of a downside here. Google Drive is a reliable secure service that offers a generous 25GB of free storage space to anyone with a Google account. This does not include the space you are already using with Google Docs, Sheets, or files shared to you from others. Perhaps most notable are the online editing and built-in software features. Even if you edit your files online, you can still export them into just about any file type. With Google apps, you can edit your data right on your smartphone or work offline. The support and compatibility you have with a variety of applications is unquestionably a benefit of Google Drive.

One Drive

Similar to Google Drive, One Drive likewise provides built-in features that allow you to edit many file types. Whereas Google Drive allows for more collaboration, One Drive is integrated with your Microsoft Office Apps. If your business is run primarily on Microsoft Office tools it could be a good choice for your business. It offers free storage for up to 5GB and after that, it is $5 per user per month for 1TB or $10 per user per month for unlimited storage space. Unfortunately, One drive lacks compatibility with many applications, however, If you are a primary Microsoft user this isn’t a problem you really need to worry about.

At the end of the day, there is nothing forbidding you from trying out multiple services to decide what is the best fit for you and your business. In the end, any of these apps will change the way you do business. After all, the future is in the cloud. There’s nothing as good as being able to access your information from anywhere. For more information about what’s best for your company or for help getting started, contact us anytime. Until then, happy clouding!

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