Part 4 of this 10-part blog post series on the Modern Mom’s Guide to Time Saving Tools is all about using cloud services, what they are, and how it can allow you to access important files wherever you may be.
I love cloud sync/space. I mean, LOVE it. What it enables me to do is be able to access my files from any computer and on my phone – ON THE GO. I am an instant gratification/instant response kind of girl. If someone emails me, you can bet I’ll see it on my phone within the hour and a response by that time. If you ask for files, and I don’t have access to it, I’ll be peeved at myself. On any given day, I could be on three different computers and want access to my multitude of files.
Solution: I have signed up for three of the main services: Dropbox, Google Drive, and Copy. For each one, I have a main purpose:
Dropbox: I use to store my YNAB files so that my phone is in sync with my computers. I used to store all my personal files, but I think for the purposes of my sanity and to ensure I have enough room (they offer only 2GB during signup), I’ve decided to make its sole purpose YNAB files.
Google Drive: I use this to store all my personal photos and pictures. Since I get 15GBs, its large enough for me to store most of my images.
Copy: I love this service because its so easy to set up and, mainly, referrals give you bigger storage faster! On this one, you also automatically get 15GB of space free just for signing up! Exciting stuff!!
Obviously, the best thing to do is to consolidate. But why consolidate when they are giving space away for free?
Another area I have not researched enough is Amazon Glacier. From what I hear, this would be a great backup solution for all my photos. As a photographer, I need multiple TBs of space – so the cloud sync wouldn’t cut it for me to backup all my photos.
This article goes into detail on the pros and cons of each storage option.
P.S. Love this post? Great! Check out the other part of this series here: the Modern Mom’s Guide to Time Saving Tools.