10 Cloud-Based Services for the Self-Employed

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Cloud technology is swiftly becoming the default for new services, and it’s easy to see why. Rather than storing information on your home computer or in your phone and essentially restricting it to one device, cloud services let you access your information, and information from others, anytime and anywhere from nearly every device you can think of.

The growth of this trend makes it clear that not being “in the cloud” will soon be unacceptable for most technology companies. If you’re looking to streamline your work and home life and start feeling organized and prepared wherever you go, check out these five services that are taking full advantage of cloud technology.

CloudFuze is the “cloud for your clouds” software. Manage files from Google Drive, Dropbox, SugarSync, Box and FTP with one login instead of five using their desktop, Android or web apps. Perfect for collaborations where you might not be used to using the same cloud-based storage solutions as the people you’re working with.

Google Drive
Earlier this year, Google Drive replaced Google Docs as the go-to web document app. Drive lets you create and share documents, from simple articles and notes to spreadsheets and presentations with the push of a button. Collaborate in real time on shared documents, and never worry about losing your progress, as every edit is immediately saved to the cloud. You can even upload pictures and videos to make sure you never lose track of them.

Do lets you organize, assign and track every aspect of your business from any phone, tablet or computer. Get updates as employees accept and complete tasks, integrate with Drive and Salesforce to keep even more information in one place, set reminders for you and your crew, get instant feedback and more. For the best idea of what Do can do for you, watch a few of their awesome videos.

With all the time that self-employed individuals need to devote to their business, one thing that can sometimes slip through the cracks is family or personal obligations. Luckily, Cozi lets you stay up to date with everything your family is doing with a shared calendar, shopping and to-do lists and more. Keep your home life as organized as your work life, and avoid scheduling conflicts easily!

iWork for iCloud
Until now, iWork has been confined to the Mac-only crowd, but no longer! The beta has already begun, and with the full release, users will be able to use Pages, Numbers and Keynote on the web from a Mac or a PC, and iCloud will keep your work up to date across all of your devices.

Other cloud-based services you may want to check out include:

Are you already utilizing the cloud in your business? Tell us what products you can’t live without in the comments below.

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