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As a freelance writer, your words are everything. They are how you make your money and your reputation. Therefore, protecting and accessing them is also extremely important.
If you are still storing everything on your computer, however, you could be setting yourself up for any number of fails. So, why are you not using cloud storage? You should be! Here’s why.
1. You Can Access it Anywhere
Having your freelance information stored in the cloud gives you many advantages, including the ability to access it from anywhere. In addition, you can also retrieve information from many different devices, such as tablets, phones, laptops, and more.
Do you travel often? If so, you will find it easy to take work with you when it is stored on a cloud server.
2. More Secure
Your information, once stored in the cloud, exists on a server in a warehouse managed by whatever company you choose to store it with. These companies take security seriously and provide many precautions, including encryption, to protect your information.
This makes it difficult for hackers to access. Furthermore, as far as viruses go, the risk is also much lower than if you were transferring data to a computer from a flash drive.
3. Large Storage Capacity
Storing your freelance work in the cloud can increase your storage capacity beyond that which your personal computer can hold. That means if you have a lot of information to store you can still do it even when you computer’s memory is close to its limit.
In addition, if you are trying to transfer data via a flash drive, what happens if you don’t have enough room on the drive to do it? This problem is eliminated when you store your freelance work on a cloud server instead.
4. Less Risk of Disaster
A couple of common reasons freelancers may lose work is from dropping their laptops or other equipment. They may also experience having others steal their computers or other devices.
And then there’s the unthinkable act of accidentally spilling coffee on your computer. Or unexpected power outages. Any of these scenarios could spell disaster for several hours of work and cause you to miss deadlines as well.
To avoid these problems and protect your freelance work, start using cloud storage.
5. You Can Grant Access to Others
Another advantage of using cloud storage is that you can grant access to others with ease. You can include only the people you wish to have access to the files.
For a freelancer, you can do this without having to email or send information over a network. The beauty of this is that you no longer have to wade through a ton of other garbage attached to the email.
6. Low Cost
One of the other reasons cloud storage is desirable over physical storage is the price. Some companies even offer a few gigabytes free. Once you go over, the charges for adding storage are usually minimal and can amount to only a few dollars per month for up to one terabyte.
On the other hand, gaining more storage by increasing what your computer will hold is a little more expensive. A one terabyte hard drive can be purchased for around $50.
When you make your living by the words you write, protecting and storing them is essential. So if you are not using cloud storage, why aren’t you? You should be!
This article originally appeared in Due.