Ever since the beginning of this company, we have benefited from the nearly exclusive use of cloud-based software. Things such as Google Suite and our cloud-based task manager Asana, have been immensely important to us. When COVID-19 arrived moving to remote workplaces was a non-issue for us while other companies struggled to conform to their new reality.
We estimate over 90% of the programs we use for work are cloud-based. We have a server that’s about 10 years old, but it hasn’t even been plugged in for at least four years. (We just can’t bear to part with it yet). We have no need for the server though or even an IT department. Everything is in the cloud!
If you’re just starting a new business Erik recommends making everything cloud-based. It will make things easier in the long run. Two well-known suites of office products are Google Suite for email, documents, spreadsheets, calendar, storage and more. Office 365 is another one, and it offers similar features.