Why Those Clouds Definitely Have A Silver LiningPosted by Tracy Baker on Jul 18, 2012 in Blog, Technology | 0 comments
There are so many opportunities for an avid entrepreneur who may wish to open a business and compete on a national or international stage these days. No longer do you need a sizeable amount of resources or huge capital injection in order to get things off the ground. Indeed, it’s better if you do not invest in concrete assets, so-called “long-term” resources that may hold you back from expanding in the future. It’s far better not to invest in real estate, furniture, fittings and fixtures. You would be far better off and able to more quickly react to changes in your marketplace when you are leaner, fitter.
One of the ways that you can achieve a lean footprint in terms of your asset base is to ensure that you outsource all of your administrative work and anything that is in any way repetitive. This is where a virtual assistant team can be a highly efficient and cost effective way of doing business. Leave it to them to invest in the necessary hardware and software to enable them to provide the work that you need to be done. No longer is there any need to fork out for the latest technology and all those software upgrades as and when they come along. As we said, the trimmer you are the better.
Continuing with this theme all you effectively need as an entrepreneur is the lightest and smallest laptop or tablet. You do not need any massive storage capacity and all you really need is access to a browser. So long as you have Internet access you can establish your business wherever you like and communicate with your virtual assistant team this way. Rely on cloud computing whenever you want to access a particular software solution, and virtually every different type of business programme imaginable is now provided under a “software as a service” type of agreement.
Whenever you are looking to archive your ongoing business affairs or to store anything at all, look for an organisation such as Amazon S3. For hardly any cost at all you can access a sizeable amount of storage space “in the cloud.” Security issues are quickly becoming a thing of the past in terms of this type of online storage, but it also means that you don’t have to rely on a “home base” per se, a place where all your records, storage and other business affairs are kept.
As you can see, therefore, you can operate any type of business as a location independent professional, so long as you have access to a browser, access to “the cloud” and are able to keep in touch therefore with your virtual assistant team.
Not only can you run your day-to-day business effectively this way, but you can reap additional benefits from what cloud technology is able to offer these days if you plan to expand. In short, you able to ramp up your storage capability at a moment’s notice and pay for software services as and when you need them. All of this cuts down on capital costs needed in order to grow.
Do you have a truly location independent business? We’d love to hear about it!