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31 of The Best Cloud-Based Apps
for Micro-Businesses and Freelancers

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It used to be that small businesses, solopreneurs, freelancers and alike were at a distinct disadvantage in terms of finding effective and affordable tools and technology. Now, thanks to the one-two punch of cloud computing and mobile devices, the playing field has been leveled.

What is Cloud Computing?

In the Flare blog post, What Is This “Cloud Computing” of Which You Speak?, that unravels this mystery provides the following definition from Eric Griffith, Feature Editor at PC Magazine:

Cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. The cloud is just a metaphor for the internet.

Penning an article on the same topic, The New Jersey Institute of Technology chimes in with:

Cloud computing is a process that allows users access to a certain set of shared resources. Data stored in the cloud, specifically on servers, is accessible from almost anywhere and can be used on demand.

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What Is This “Cloud Computing” of Which You Speak?

Cloud computing
Recently, a question was asked of me by a friend who isn’t particularly tech savvy. “What is cloud accounting”, he asked?

I pondered for a moment and answered as best I could. “Well…it’s an accounting application that runs in a web browser on the Internet instead of being downloaded and installed on your computer. You log into it from a browser and the data is securely stored ‘in the cloud'”. As soon as I said the word “cloud”, I knew, judging by his expression, that the next question was already being formed: “When you say ‘cloud’ what exactly do you mean?” Read more