Delegate, Focus, and GROW Your Business

Dropbox vs. Box.com: Pros and Cons

As a small business owner, you might be at a prospective client’s and realize you left that other critical document on your flash drive back at the office. That’s where remote storage systems like Dropbox and Box come in handy. But if you’re like most solopreneurs, cloud storage may leave you feeling a bit, well, cloudy on the whole issue! Both providers offer the three S’s: storage, syncing and sharing, but there are some differences you need to explore.

Think Dropbox for Small Businesses

There are many benefits of using a cloud storage company, but chief on most people’s list is the need to retrieve information from wherever you are via your Smartphone or the web. Say goodbye to on-site storage, email attachments and flash drives. No need to bother the tech gurus because Dropbox offers self-service features such as unlinking so others in your company can perform common tasks. In the long run, there’s less time training and troubleshooting. Audit logs make it easy to track what’s being shared and who’s doing the sharing. If you lose your Android phone or other device, remote wipe secures your data and information can be restricted through simple controls. Finally, you can create a personal and work Dropbox that are linked but stay separate so product lists and special snapshots are never intertwined.

Box.com Benefits for Enterprises

This storage solution company boasts unlimited storage, 24/7 technical support, and real-time updates for its clients. Offering unmatched security with seven permission controls, it’s easy to see why Box.com is fast becoming a recognized leader among enterprises rather than Mom and Pop shops. While at first glance both appear to offer the same services, it’s important to know the difference because the needs of the two business models vary greatly. Enterprise clients care about integration with other apps and data encryption. As an enterprise, your business strategy and financial resources are based on the outcome of the different parts of the business working together so integration is critical. Small businesses just need to get on board with cloud storage and sharing files.

Read up on data security for business owners. Both of these providers have variations in their storage capabilities and fees, so do your homework before you sign on the dotted line. Make sure the storage company you go with offers what your business really needs for the short and long-run.

photo credit: Johan Larsson

Posted on June 16th, 2015 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

No Comments »

No comments yet.


Your comment
Your name
Your email address (will not be published)
Website
Twitter ID

CommentLuv badge

Subscribe to our Feed Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook Connect with us on LinkedIn Watch us on YouTube Pinterest!