By now you’ve probably seen some of the Microsoft commercials that talk about “going to the cloud.” (If you haven’t, you can check them out on YouTube.) Some of them are pretty corny, but I definitely agree with their sales pitch—it’s a really good idea to move your office to the cloud.
Going to the cloud, or cloud computing, has gotten really popular over the past few years, especially now that more and more people work from home. If you don’t know what it is, let me explain. Cloud computing is just internet-based computing. It means you have the ability to access things from any computer because those things are stored on the Internet.
Check Your Email in the Cloud
That might sound kind of confusing at first, but it’s not. If you have a Gmail or a Yahoo email account, you can check your email from any computer, right? If you upload photos to a drugstore’s website to print them out later, you can get at those photos from any computer, right? That’s taking things to the cloud. Your “stuff” is stored online.
Not only does cloud computing make it easy to access things anywhere at any time, it’s a way to back those things up in case your computer ever dies on you. I know a lot of people that have made the mistake of only storing their data on one computer … until that computer crashed and they lost everything! Now they back things up.
Store Your Files in the Cloud
I like to use DropBox.com, a cloud storing site. It syncs your files online and across your computers. You can even share folders with different people all at once if you’re all collaborating on a project. DropBox backs up your files automatically—you don’t even have to remember to do it—and a copy of everything gets stored on their secure servers.
If you take advantage of cloud storing and you have a laptop, you can work from anywhere in the world. That’s how I was able to travel for so many months last year. I’m starting think that the days of having an office are dwindling for most people, even the days of having a home office. If you can work at Starbucks or work sitting next to the pool, why shouldn’t you?
Start Cloud Living Today
“Cloud Living” is a phrase that’s used to describe earning a living from the cloud—the cloud being the internet, of course. Cloud living basically refers to the ability to do whatever you want, living the internet lifestyle, while you make money from the cloud. It’s what I do with my affiliate marketing business.
So today I’m going to urge you all to move your office to the cloud. Not only can you work from anywhere you want to work, you can thank me when your computer crashes and you still have copies of all your data.