If you’ve read any of our articles, you’ll understand that we are big on cloud based business for its efficiency and reliability, but it’s also a big business-saver when it comes to business continuity. This time of year reminds us of the importance of having a solid backup plan in place, as it comes with its own natural disasters. Worldwide pandemic aside, in the past month, we've had earthquakes, hurricanes, and tropical storms, as well as hard core thunderstorms with tornado activity. Both of our offices are in areas that see both hurricanes and tornadoes, so Accountfully is not immune in Charleston or Nashville, and neither are our clients, who have offices across the nation.
If you are still on the fence about whether or not cloud based systems are worth it, or if you are looking for some inspiration, we’ve got you covered. Now is a good time to rethink it, especially with the current pandemic and work climate (pun completely intended) as tumultuous as the weather this time of year. Let’s revisit why you need cloud based essentials, a business continuity plan and see which of our go-to’s may help your situation.
As COVID precautions closed businesses, and schools went online in 2020, we were all plunged into the way of remote and cloud based operation. If businesses and their employees hadn’t dabbled in ways to function on the cloud before COVID, they certainly got a crash course in it when quarantine and social distancing started. Making lifestyle and workplace adjustments to stay healthy and socially distant are here to stay, which means so is the cloud based functioning and remote collaboration.
Employees may miss the camaraderie and social time with coworkers, but there are some benefits on both the business and employee side coming out of the new way of functioning.
Businesses are likely seeing more productivity from happier employees, employees are seeing the added benefit of less commute time wasted, and feel they have a better work-life balance. Companies may even realize that there can be serious benefits to being open to hiring remote workers, now that they have adjusted to accommodating it. That means hiring from a wider pool of talent and potential cost savings on office space, supplies and benefits (if they are hired as contractors).
Companies and employees know they can go remote when necessary now, so it’s a great time to step up and incorporate the efficiencies of cloud based systems permanently.
Employee and employer efficiency aside, let’s steer back to the nuts and bolts of why staying cloud based is good for business continuity in general. We’ve written a few articles on this subject, where you can read in more detail why it makes sense to be able to function from anywhere, but we’ll lay out some bullet points here:
The benefits are vast, but don’t forget to make and communicate your business continuity plan itself, so that your team knows what to do, what to expect, and where to go to be most efficient while operations are outside of the office or outside of the norm.
We are all a bit overwhelmed nowadays so some ideas and examples may help get the gears turning for what works best for your business. We dedicated any entire page to this on our resources page, so feel free to dive in and read more there. In the meantime, here is the bullet point version:
This is only an abbreviated version of some of the cool systems we use and recommend to our clients. Make sure to visit our Cloud Based Resources page to get the full rundown.
Are you sold yet? We hope that you can sleep a bit easier knowing that your business doesn’t have to suffer each time a storm hits or the internet goes down. By incorporating cloud based tools into your company, you can stay on track and keep your employees engaged efficiently, whether they are in the office or not.
If you need Accountfully to help get things set up and take over the numbers side of your business, let us know. Head over to our get started page and tell us a bit about your situation.