The ability to work remotely has become a critical element of small business operations. Giving employees the option to work from home is also a great recruiting and retention tool. Working remotely can be a boon for business owners, too. Cloud-based tools give you the flexibility to manage your business from anywhere, anytime.
We’ve found the two largest obstacles that get in the way of businesses adopting cloud-based tools are 1.) not knowing which products will best support their operations and 2.) concerns over data security. The Now IT Connects team is here to help you with both. Here’s a look at some of the most popular cloud-based business tools and an easy and affordable way to secure your data wherever you are.
Keep Tabs on Your Business from Afar with Cloud-Based Tools
At the most fundamental level, cloud-based tools help you communicate more efficiently and productively. File-sharing and collaboration tools such as Datto Workplace and OneDrive make it easy to collaborate on files, too.
At Now IT Connects, we find the suite of apps available through Microsoft 365 is a powerful solution for small business owners. Microsoft provides a one-stop shop for project management (Teams, Project), communication (Teams, Outlook), and collaboration (OneDrive, SharePoint).
Use a VPN to Secure Your Connection
Virtual Private Network, or VPN, is a secure way to access your files and data on a public network, such as the Wi-Fi at your favorite coffee shop. A VPN replaces the IP address of the network you’re on with one from the VPN provider. This protects any data you transfer over public Wi-Fi.
Using a VPN is an affordable and easy way to protect your data while you’re on the road. Microsoft offers a VPN through its Azure cloud product. WatchGuard also offers a VPN with some of its products.
Cloud-based tools help businesses stay productive and connected even when the team is working remotely. Offering flexible work options such as working from home can help you attract and retain employees while making it easier for you to keep tabs on your business while you’re out-of-office.
For help getting your cloud-based tools set up, contact Now IT Connects today.