Whether you’re running your own business out of your home office or are part of the growing number of remote workers, your work files are important, no matter where they’re based.
Running a business from home-based offices is becoming more popular than ever. Companies like Apple and U-Haul have an army of customer service representatives that work from home remotely and many small businesses work from a home-based office to save time and money.
Approximately 43 percent of employed Americans spend at least part of their time working from home. And freelancing from a home office is becoming the new normal, with nearly 50% of Millennials already doing freelance work.
Our Disaster Recovery Team at Panic Button has been very aware of the trend towards home-based businesses and identified a need for the same type of file security as traditional offices have. We’re proud to have helped many home-based clients with a secure and affordable backup and recovery plan.
Your Files are Vital to Your Work, No Matter Where They Live
Just because your computer is based in your home instead of an office building, doesn’t make the contents any less vital. Most have the same type of data that includes work product, accounting, client files, marketing collateral, and more.
If a disaster like a hurricane, tornado, or flood happens, do you have a data recovery plan in place? What happens to your work if you have a computer meltdown or simply an accidental file deletion of a client’s presentation?
Top 6 Causes of Costly Data Loss
It’s easy to put off implementing a backup and recovery plan for your home-based business. You may think… “We don’t get many tornados around here.” Or “I’ll do it before next hurricane season.” But natural disasters are only one of the common causes of data loss.
There are risks you may not be thinking about just lurking around the corner, even when the sky’s blue and the sun’s shining.
Most Common Data Loss Causes:
- Viruses, Malware, and Ransomware
- Mechanical Damages to Hard Drive
- Spilling Coffee or Other Beverages on Computer
- Accidental Deletion That You Can’t Undo
- Theft or Loss of Computer, Laptop, or Tablet
- Disasters (Fire, Flood, Tornado, Hurricane)
Back Up and Recovery Plans Make Sense for Everyone
Do you think that flash drive copy of your most important files is enough if disaster strikes? What happens to your software, emails, videos, and other important data?
The right backup and recovery plan can copy your entire system in a cloud environment that’s accessible at any time, from anywhere. So your business doesn’t skip a beat if your computer crashes or your laptop is lost.
Are only big companies hit by cyber attacks? Not by a long shot. Actually, 61% of attacks hit smaller businesses, and about 60% of them have to close within six months of an attack that causes data loss.
Don’t Leave Your Home-Based Business Unprotected!
Panic Button understands small businesses because we’re one too! We know that the cost of a backup and recovery plan needs to make sense financially and ensure your data is safe, secure, and easily recoverable.
We offer affordable managed backup plans and other recovery services that always come with our fast and friendly support.
Before we get into the benefits of a backup plan, let’s take a look at four different types of system backups and how they work.
- Mirror Backup
A mirror backup is just what it sounds like, an exact copy of your system.
Advantage: You get a real-time copy of your system without obsolete files.
Disadvantage: If you accidentally delete a file and the system backs up, it’s gone on the mirror copy too.
- Incremental Backup
The whole system is only copied during the first backup. Subsequent backups only store changes made since the last backup.
Advantage: Backup process is faster.
Disadvantage: Restoring lost data can take longer.
- Differential Backup
The differential backup is similar to the incremental, the main difference is that it keeps backing up any changes since the last full system backup, not only since the last backup of any type.
Advantage: Allows a faster data restore time.
Disadvantage: Takes up more storage space.
- Full Backup
A full backup is a complete backup of your entire system, but unlike the mirror backup, it doesn’t delete files that are gone from your system at next backup.
Advantage: Restoring lost data is much faster.
Disadvantage: Backups take longer.
Backup/Recovery Benefits in the 21st Century
Gone are the days of dealing with a sluggish computer due to a backup running. Today’s backup systems are just as dynamic as your business. They’re designed to run unobtrusively in the background, grab new files regularly, and handle file updates, whether made on your desktop, tablet, or smart phone.
Here are some of the benefits you’ll enjoy when you work with Panic Button on a home office backup and recovery plan:
- Easy restoration of any file you need
- Data that is disaster proof
- Cloud-based backups can be access anywhere on the planet
- Seamless backups that won’t get in the way
- Reduced workload (you won’t have to manually save files to a disk or drive)
- Security for all your and your clients’ files
- A safety net that can save you thousands of dollars if you suffer a virus intrusion or data loss
- Rest easier at night knowing your data is safe, no matter what
Get a Free Backup and Recovery Consultation
Would you like to know more about keeping your home office files safe, secure, and recoverable… and how little it’s going to cost? We’re here to answer all your questions and steer you in the right direction, just give us a call or text at 951-501-8008.