As for me, I have tried many but I wish to share and freely recommend 4 of them to you. Recently, I was having a chat with my buddy Earl Okezie, CEO of Wordmart Nigeria who is currently editing my upcoming book on Internet Marketing – watch out for it, a must read!
So, I asked him, hey Earl, what happens if you lost your laptop or your hard drive or motherboard goes ‘gaga’?
He quickly responded “God Forbid” and I started laughing uncontrollably, why would God forbid what already has a solution? Is it not easier for you to grab the solution, than wait until it happens and then regret.
The solution is what I am about to share with you and that is online storage services. They allow users to host files online or in the cloud using their infrastructure.
Why Use an Online Storage Service?
If one have ever lost a disk or jump drive, or had your computer crash and important files vaporized, you know the benefit of having a backup of your files. Online storage services allow you to backup your files on the Internet where they are safe and easily accessed.
What to Look For in an Online Storage Service?
There are many online storage services on the Internet so it is wise to evaluate your storage needs and the quality of service before creating an account. Some services offer a free membership so one is able to test drive the service before purchasing an account. I have used these 4 services and highly recommend them.
My goal with this post is to share with you how I have managed to gain 19 GB online storage space using different services at no cost and how you can do same. Now, before I go on let me make this clear that it costs next to nothing to become a premium client of any of them, so you have a choice to be like me or simply pay.
So, here are the 4 Online Storage services I recommend:
This happens to be my favorite but sadly they give only 2 GB free when you sign up but have other options when you upgrade.
I dont deny my background is largely network marketing and this is a business concept I recommend big time! I like dropbox for one major reason, they reward you for the work you do by giving you more free space.
So, I urge you my friend and partner to dock over here and sign up for dropbox. Yes, I’ll get some free GB (which you can also get by referring others) but more importantly you get to become ‘cloud compliant’ 🙂
With a free 2GB from dropbox you can securely backup your key files and folders. In my case, I use dropbox to backup all business/work related files/folders/documents.
2. Sugar Sync
I have also used sugar sync for a while, very similar to dropbox. They offer 5 GB of free space in the cloud when you sign up.
SugarSync is a free service (up to 5 GB) that enables you to access, sync and share your files across all your computers and devices. We enable you to back up, sync and share all of your documents, photos, music and movies so that you can access them from your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, or any other device.
During installation, a folder called magic briefcase is created on your hard drive, where you can save any file or folder you want uploaded on sugar sync’s servers. It is also a cool service and I recommend it.
3. Sky Drive
This is Microsoft’s response to the growing importance of cloud computing. With SkyDrive you can get 5 GB, you can securely store your files and get to them from any of your devices, including your PC, phone, Mac, or iPad. You never have to worry about forgetting a file at home or work, because the latest versions are always automatically there for you.
When you download SkyDrive on your PC or Mac, your desktop SkyDrive folder is automatically created. Any file or photo you put in this folder will be automatically synced to your other devices that have SkyDrive.
4. Google Drive
Google drive is the successor of Google document. It’s a service that makes it possible for you to host your documents in the cloud and access it from anywhere and at anytime. During the installation, a Google drive folder is automatically installed on your computer’s hard drive and from there you can upload or access your documents and files. Google drive offers free 5 GB storage.
Although this is the newest, yet I use it more often simply because it is powered by Google 🙂 and I don’t just use it personally, I recommend it to everyone that attends my free Internet marketing training. If Google had a network marketing program, I would have earned handsomely because I have personally brought in over 100 people into the Google family in diverse ways.
I use Google drive mainly to share files within our team both locally and internationally and sometimes I share very huge files without having to upload anything manually, all thanks to G drive – I simply drop it in the Google drive folder and the rest is history.
So, what’s the whole essence of writing about online storage?
Simply to let you know that techonology/the Internet is changing the way business is done. Cloud technology has come to stay and as far as am concerned it represents one of the major ways business will be done in the future.
He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Matthew 11:15
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