There’s so much to think about during this era of COVID-19 shutdowns: meeting payroll, generating revenue, tapping into government stimulus funding … not to mention homeschooling the kids and not going insane. The first instinct a lot of business owners have is to freeze spending, and that makes sense—for most things.
But there are still essentials that every business needs, and one of them is giving employees the ability to work together from wherever they are, mostly at home right now. Spending a little money on remote working capabilities and technologies that enable collaboration shouldn’t be part of a spending freeze.
Companies that want to succeed during shutdowns and thrive afterward need to let multiple employees work in the same application, such as QuickBooks Desktop, at the same time. And business owners need to outsource maintenance and updates to a third party so that they can concentrate on everything else they have going on, which is a lot.
If anything, a global pandemic represents the best time to give the cloud a try. Why?
There are benefits to the cloud that go beyond collaboration and outsourcing. One is security, which is becoming more and more critical as would-be data thieves try to capitalize on panic related to the coronavirus to launch devastating attacks on small businesses. There’s also 24/7 support and automatic backup of critical files.
But more than anything right now, moving to the cloud gives small businesses the assurance of being able to replicate something close to business as usual during an unusual time. And with so little risk and no commitment or disruption involved up front, now is the best time to give the cloud a try.
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