You’ve probably heard a lot about the “cloud” lately. Everyone has their own version of the cliche buzzword these days. You’ve got Apple’s iCloud, Microsoft’s SkyDrive and even Amazon has gotten into the cloud business.
This is all well and good, but what does this have to do with your business?
It could have a lot to do with it.
As a CT REALTOR® you need access to all of your files on MANY different devices. You might be at the office one day, the home office the next day and on the road with your smart phone or tablet most days. What options do you have to access all of your files on the go? Very few actually.
You could use a flash/thumb drive which is a good option for small amounts of files, but there is also the possibility of having it lost, stolen or even just forgetting it when you need it the most (this has happened to me more then I care to admit.)
You can e-mail the files you need to yourself every time you need them.
You could copy over all of your files from device to device which would require you to transfer every time you make a change.
Or, you could put them in the cloud.
Imagine you’re in your car and a client calls and wants to put an offer in on a property, if your files are in the cloud you can simply pull up the document and have it ready to go for that client without a whole lot of running around.
Also, the “cloud” provides a great place for backing up all of your files. Think about the thousands of hours of CT real estate work you would lose if your computer just crapped out on you all of a sudden, it would be devastating. Now imagine your computer dies and you can simply restore all your files to your new computer from the backup. Handy right?
Which cloud is right for you? It’s hard to say because they all have different features, but one thing is for sure, if you do your research and find the right fit for you, you’ll be thanking your lucky stars.
Do you use the cloud? Share your take on this in the comments below.