If you are like most female entrepreneurs, you operate your small business from your home office and most likely have very important files on your computer. At some point, you most likely have experienced the "where did I save that file" moment. Let's be real here, who can say they have never lost a file? Most business women who work on a computer and create files and documents have experienced the frustration involved when you lose a file. It’s even more aggravating when it’s a really, really important file that you have spent endless hours working on. Let's take a look at how we can ease or eliminate your frustration of losing files.
Dropbox. Let's take a look at this online tool that can help ease the overwhelm, especially when you are operating from your home office. One of the neat things to note is that it is a free download on any Windows, Linux, MAC and Mobile operating system. No matter how great your computer system is or how faithful it’s been to you in the past, it is asmart business decision to back up those important files.
With Dropbox you can:
* Store all of your business documents, photos and videos
* Share your documents with others
* Access your files from anywhere
* Protect your precious documents
Having the flexibility and convenience of knowing that you can access your files from anywhere, at anytime and not having to worry about your files being lost or damaged is enough to ease the worry and frustration that goes along with file storage and potential loss as you operate and grow your business.
As small business owners we sometimes outsource projects to virtual assistants; design teams and other consultants on a project by project basis and Drobox allows the sharing any of your documents with your team easily. All you have to do is send them an invitation to folders you give them access to in your Dropbox and they can view those files on any computer just as if the file is actually saved on that computer. It’s a great option when it comes to having to share files with your team or even your family members.
Dropbox is fast and super-easy to set up. Storage for up to 2GB is totally free as well as, you do have the option to purchase a storage package that will allow 50GB of storage for $9.99 per month. A great sharing and data back-up solution for your growing business.
Knowing there are options like Dropbox can definitely ease your fears of losing those valuable business files that you store on your computer. Added to that is the convenience of being able to access your files from anywhere; your client's office, the library, your favorite coffee shop...and the added feature of being able to share your files with others and recover those files as you need to. One other really neat benefit of Dropbox is that it actually works with smart phones, iPads and other devices that connect to the internet.
The convenience, ease of use and security of knowing your files are stored safely is probably the biggest reason more small business owners who work from home on their computers are turning to Dropbox for help with file storage.
If you are one of those women entrepreneurs who work from your home computer and have never suffered the frustration of losing one or more important files, consider yourself lucky.
Still, it’s better to be one step ahead and make sure you have a method of storing backup files. Starting all over isn’t always the only option. If you currently use Dropox to backup and store your important business files leave us a comment by telling us how it has helped you in your business.