By Andrés Uribe, Expedition PR
When starting an online company, one of the biggest logistical issues to work out early on is where to store company files. From the day you hire your first employee you will need a way to share files and collaborate on projects that doesn’t mean throwing a flash drive around your office, or sending the newest version of the file over email for everyone to have. For this reason, signing up for a cloud storage provider is a must. But with all the options out there with different sign-up incentives and pricing, it can be tough to choose the ‘right one’. No fear, we have narrowed down the list for you to our top 3:
One of the original names in file storage and collaboration, Dropbox is a very easy to use platform. As do all platforms on this list, Dropbox features a web, desktop, and mobile version of their app where you can easily save files to or open previously saved files from. As far as the free storage space goes though, Dropbox has fallen far behind its competitors. Currently new users are given 2GB of free storage space for signing up. If they would like to upgrade that to 100GB, it’s $9.99 per month. Although this free storage dwarfs in comparison to the two alternatives on this list, it should be noted that things might soon change. Dropbox recently closed a round of investment at $250 million, valuing the company at $10 billion. The reason for needing the extra cash…battling Box.
A newcomer with a lot of buzz, Box is direct competitor of Dropbox and offers a very similar service. Currently they are offering new users 10GB of free storage upon sign-up, and 100GB for just $5 per month. But download their newly revamped iOS app and Box is giving away an extra 50GB of free storage.
Having all the same features as Dropbox, Google Drive is a steal when you look at the numbers. When signing up for a Google account, you will receive 15GB of free space! The only catch is that this 15GB is to be shared amongst your Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos. One way around this though is to set up a separate account with your company email address. Google does not require you to have a Gmail account or Google+ page in order to use Google Drive. Using this method, you’ll be sure to save all 15GB exclusively for your Google Drive.
With such similar services offered, it’s up to you to choose the best pricing system that works for you.