How To Start & Grow Your Business

12 Cloud Based Services Worth Checking Out

Asher Fergusson
Aug 12th, 2015

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In recent years, the “cloud” has become a big buzzword.

What’s all the fuss about?

Well, the advantages of cloud computing are VERY SIGNIFICANT, especially for small businesses.

It allows you to:

  • utilize incredibly sophisticated infrastructure, software and applications
  • accessible anywhere with an Internet connection
  • either completely free, extremely affordable or paid based on demand

This makes small businesses much more flexible to try new things and quickly optimize business processes and change if something isn’t working.

Below we list our favorite cloud- based services that we use everyday at bizHUMM.

12 Cloud Based Services For Small Business

1) Google Drive — Free Cloud-based Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Forms and Drawings. Google Drive can become the backbone of your small business document needs and because it’s cloud-based your team can access the docs anywhere anytime.

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2) Microsoft 365 — For a reasonable monthly fee per user (approx. $15) you have access on your devices to the entire Office suite of software tools including Word, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Access and SharePoint. No additional costs for upgrades. Versions for PC or mac.

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3) QuickBooks — The industry leader for small business accounting. This software allows you to keep track of all your business finances, sync with your bank, pay employees and analyze the financial health of your business each month with a few clicks.

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4) Dropbox — Premium cloud storage and file synchronization software that allows you to access and share your important files with any-one anywhere.

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5) WeTransfer — Free way to transfer up to 2GB files to anyone in the world. They also have an affordable paid version that allows for unlimited file transfers of up to 10GB.

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6) Skype — By now everyone must have heard of Skype. It’s an amazing, free way to have video meetings (and screen sharing) with employees, clients and partners anywhere in the world. It also has individual and group text chatting between members, which can be a great way to communicate amongst teams.

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7) Paychex — Paychex offers back-office solutions that help you run your business efficiently: online payroll; mobile apps; top reporting features; human resource management; employee benefits; 401(k) administration; and more. They are bizHUMM’s payroll provider.

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8) Join.me — Free screen sharing platform, which is better quality than Skype’s screen sharing function. It also has a premium version that allows up to 250 participants.

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9) GoToMeeting — Host professional quality online meetings with video and desktop sharing capabilities. GoToMeeting is like a premium paid version of Skype.

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10) GoToWebinar — Overall easiest and best way to host an online webinar where up to 1000 people can attend. As mentioned above, webinars can be incredibly effective tools for lead generation and sales.

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11) Trello — Free, flexible, & visual way to organize anything with anyone. An incredibly useful and versatile project management tool that is super easy to utilize. We use this one all the time at bizHUMM.

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12) Adobe Creative Cloud — Affordable way to get access to Adobe’s creative suite such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign etc. and only pay for the programs your team uses.

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What’s the bottom line?

The correct mix of cloud-based services for your business will depend on your specific needs and tastes. In our experience, there are a few real staples like: Google Docs, Skype and Trello.

The main thing is to do your research, experiment and see what works for your particular setup. If something isn’t working, don’t be afraid to let it go and try something else. Also being frugal is not a bad thing as long as you’re not missing out on some great tools that will save you time and money in the long run.

About the Author

Asher Fergusson

Asher has a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) degree and was the CEO of his own startup Internet marketing business for 6 years before selling it in 2014. He specializes in fields such as Search Engine Optimization and Facebook Advertising where he's helped countless small businesses successfully compete with large corporations. He is now the full-time CMO at bizHUMM sharing all his knowledge of how to start and grow small businesses in the most powerful and cost effective ways.