Free Cloud Storage Options for Entrepreneurs

by Christine Mortensen on August 20, 2014

As your small business starts to grow and become more successful, you will probably find that your emails and other computer-based data are starting to overwhelm your computer. Small businesses require more room to store all of their data for a variety of reasons including government regulations that require companies to back up certain types of data, archived emails and large media files that take up a lot of storage space. In order to safely store all of this important information without rendering your office computers utterly useless, many entrepreneurs are starting to look to the cloud for their storage options. Fortunately, there are a lot of great cloud storage options that will help to back up and store your vital files at no cost. For example, consider the following:

Hightail

Formerly called YouSendIt, Hightail allows business owners to send huge files via the Internet quickly and easily. Since many email systems balk at handling large files with lots of photos and videos, Hightail is a terrific way to ensure that your clients and employees receive the important files you are sending them. As Top 10 Cloud Storage notes, Hightail can easily handle file sizes up to 2 GB, and it’s also a terrific choice for entrepreneurs who need to sign documents electronically.

Amazon Cloud Drive

Amazon Cloud Drive provides an impressive 5 GB of free storage, which means that entrepreneurs can work with this user-friendly cloud storage system to store a huge quantity of data, emails, videos and photos. It is available for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Kindle and Web, so if you do a lot of your work from your Kindle Fire, Amazon Cloud Drive would be an outstanding choice. If you require more storage over time, you can purchase additional space at 50 cents per gigabyte; this would work out to about $10 per year for 20 GB in storage. But for many small business owners, the free 5 GB will give them plenty of space.

Dropbox

Dropbox’s popularity have made cloud storage a well-known concept. Unlike some of the other cloud-based storage systems, Dropbox does not require you to have a web-browser interface; this means that it can work on just about any PC. For entrepreneurs who are looking for user-friendly file storage without a lot of confusing bells and whistles, Dropbox is it. It comes with 2 GB of free storage, and you can earn more by inviting new people to the system.

MediaFire

If you have an incredibly large amount of data files, MediaFire may be perfect for you. It features 50 GB of free storage, which is almost unheard of in the world of free cloud storage. However, one main caveat to keep in mind is that its free version features ads and each file can only be 200 MB in size. In many cases, this file size restriction will not affect your business, but for larger videos it might not work. Of course, you also can subscribe to it for about $1.50 a month, which will eliminate the ads and the 200 MB file size restriction.

About the Author

Christine Mortensen, Owner of Sprk'd Online Marketing and Design in ChicagoChristine created Sprk’d Online Marketing and Design in order to help startups and small businesses grow by creating content and marketing that doesn’t suck. By combining the learnings of User Experience Design with the principals of Visual Design, she leads the Sprk’d team to create content that drives conversions. No matter the industry, she believes creating quality content that’s relevant to user needs (i.e., your potential customers) is not only achievable but fun too. How can we help you? When she’s not busy writing about herself in the third person she can be found playing volleyball, or writing reviews of Chicago’s Bloody Mary’s.

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