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The Best Small Business Resources: Online Storage, Backup and Operations Tools

Online Storage, Backup and Operations Tools

In this series about the best small business resources, we will share how the great tools of today make it easier to grow your business and stay productive, organized and efficient. Check out this list of 5 online storage, backup and operations tools for small businesses.

Resources for Online Storage and Backup


What it does: Carbonite is a cloud-based backup solution designed for small businesses. They securely store copies of your digital files in the cloud, so you can access or restore your files anytime and anywhere. Carbonite can support all of your business’s computers, external drives, and employee locations.

Cost: Carbonite offers a 30-day free trial. Specific pricing depends on the amount of storage space, with plans starting at $199.99 per year. All plans can backup Windows/Mac, EHD, NAS, Remote Deploy Policy Enforcement. They also include database backups such as SQL, Exchange and others.

Google Drive

What it does: As we mentioned above, Google Drive is an online storage system that is part of Google Apps. Google Drive integrates with both Google Apps and files stored on your hard drive, so you can keep everything in the cloud and share them via email with anyone on your team.

Cost: As part of your Google Apps for Work subscription, for $5 per user per month (or $50 per user per year, plus tax) you get 30 GB of online Google Drive storage per user. You can get more storage by signing up for unlimited storage, which an additional $10 per user per month (or $120 per user per year, plus tax).

Operations Tools for Small Businesses

Back Ops

What it does: Back Ops is an automated back office platform that combines and integrates multiple back office tools for accounting and HR so that you can manage all of these functions in one place. It will integrate all of your office tools like Expensify, QuickBooks, ZenPayroll and more into one dashboard view. If you don’t have the budget to build an HR team, Back Ops has individuals that will be your HR team for everything from payroll and benefits to talent management and HR compliance.

Cost: To get a detailed price quote, contact Back Ops.

Stitch Labs

What it does: Stitch Labs is an inventory management tool that saves time, money, and boosts your business’s profitability. It helps you keep track of inventory quantities, process orders correctly, track orders and automate your ordering and fulfillment process, and make sales across multiple sales channels.

Cost: The Stitch “Starter” package costs $29 per month, but the “Business” package (with additional features that many small businesses might need) costs $199 per month.

When I Work

What it does: When I Work is an employee scheduling tool with an intuitive interface to schedule hourly employees shifts and reduce absenteeism.

Cost: When I Work’s monthly fee starts at $19 per month for a 10-employee company.

Even though we have come a long way since the pre-Internet era, some things related to running a small business have not changed. Having the proper mechanisms for online storage and backup and ensuring business operations run smoothly are key to ensuring your business continues to remain efficient and profitable.

We have shared 5 online storage, backup and operations tools to make it quicker and easier for you to accomplish all of your small business objectives. If you are looking for even more resources for your small business, check out this BIG list of small business resources we created and watch your small business thrive.


Kabbage Team

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