Let the Cloud Help with Your New Year’s Resolutions

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After staying up late this December 31st and counting down to midnight, it will soon be time to start in on your New Year’s resolutions.  Here are a couple of resolutions that the Cloud can help out with so that you don’t have to rely on eating black-eyed peas (or your fortuitous food of choice) for good luck this year.

Take the Plunge and Start a Business

You’ve been kicking around an idea for a while now and have considered turning it into a reality.  This is the year to do it – but don’t go at it alone.  Use the Cloud help with some of the logistics of getting your business off the ground and running.

In the past, setting up your web infrastructure to support a business was a considerable cost to entrepreneurs.  The Cloud has removed this obstacle by providing pay-as-you-go compute power without a contract.  The flexibility of the Cloud allows you to get started with your idea without investing a lot of upfront cash enabling many small teams to have a big impact.

After you get your server up and running, there are tools that allow entrepreneurs to run their business at little to no cost.  Google offers a suite of Cloud apps for free to businesses with less than 10 users that include web-based calendar, documents and spreadsheets.

When you’re ready to go to market, you can provide a live demo or easily share a presentation to people across the globe with Join.me, a web app that allows potential clients to view your screen.  And once you earn clients, you will need to invoice them.  FreshBooks offers an easy to use solution to get paid, ensuring that you will be in business well into the New Year.

Stop Worrying About Technology

You are aware that technology occasionally breaks.  All of us have fallen victim to losing files and having our computer freeze up.  There are several options to help you stop fretting about technology in 2012.

While spreadsheets and documents are important, those family photos from that road trip last summer are valuable too.  By backing your files up to the Cloud, you can know they are safe.  Options like Jungle Disk enable you to make automatic, real-time backups of your entire file system between multiple computers.  Dropbox provides a solution for you to drag and drop files into a folder that can be shared across computers.

If you’re in a business that is administering servers, you know that those systems can stop working at inopportune moments (namely nights, weekends, holidays or a combination of all three).  There is a misconception that you’re on your own when you move to the Cloud.  This is not the case with Rackspace.  We offer a Managed Service level where our trusted system administrators can ensure that your system is up and running.  Managed Cloud provides peace of mind for entrepreneurs and their team so you can focus on what matters, your business.

Let Your Voice Be Heard

You might have a passion for independent zombie films.  Or it could be that you want to explain the differences between Southwestern cuisines.  Or you might enjoy discussing emerging trends in technology.  Whatever your interests, make your voice be heard by launching a blog.

WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr and Posterous are all popular platforms to get your thoughts out there.  Theme your blog with different colors and styles to compliment both your personality and the topic that you are blogging about.  Be sure to resolve to update often; the single factor of a successful blog is producing consistent content.

Here’s to a prosperous New Year to all our readers.  Let us know if there are any other resolutions that the Cloud can help you with in 2012.

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Garrett Heath develops content and supports customers on the Rackspace Social Media team. His previous experience includes technical project management in the cloud, content marketing and social media marketing. He enjoys writing about how the cloud is spurring innovation and telling stories about the people behind the tech. You can also read his work at MarketingBytes.io. In his free time, Garrett writes about food and local San Antonio culture at SA Flavor.


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