Small businesses rarely have the same amount of resources as larger companies, requiring small business owners to improvise in order to be more efficient. Sometimes, overcoming these challenges can be quite daunting.
Fortunately, a growing selection of cloud computing services is available today -- services which provide cost-effective alternatives to spending money on IT support, according to a Small Biz Technology report.
Moving to a paperless system is one of the easiest ways for small firms to lower costs without sacrificing the ability to scan and faxes, the news source said. By using online fax services and backup solutions, small businesses can eliminate their dependency on paper, while still having the ability to scan, save and transfer important documents.
Additionally, saving paper and eliminating the need for toner (which a fax machine requires) reduces a company's carbon footprint.
Cloud computing also offers unique advantages for small and startup businesses, as the technology enables decision-makers to implement enterprise-class solutions for a low price, Small Biz Technology noted.
In many cases, cloud services such as online fax and a local or toll-free virtual phone number are available for a small monthly fee, allowing companies to expand and reinforce an established business image without dramatically increasing IT budgets.
According to a recent study by Microsoft, roughly one-third of small companies are utilizing cloud services today, with another 48 percent planning to use them within three years. By taking advantage of cloud services for business, companies of any size -- from a sole proprietor to a company with hundreds of employees -- gain a competitive advantage over rival firms without spending too much money.