One of the Best Tools I’ve Found This Year! | July 25th, 2011

I’m always looking for ways to make my life easier. It’s not that I’m lazy. I don’t mind putting in a long day if that’s what it takes to keep my business running. However, if I can automate some tasks so that I can concentrate on more important things (like writing this newsletter), I’m all for it.

One of the things I’ve always struggle with is keeping my files backed up. It’s really, really important given the staggering amount of hours of spent creating artwork for numerous businesses and organizations, but I always seemed to fall short of the ideal daily backup.

This was my backup procedure: I’d manually backup my files to an external hard drive. If I left home without my computer, the hard drive came with me. If I left the house with laptop in tow, the hard drive resided on my dining room table.  Occasionally, I’d go a couple weeks without backing up because the hard drive was in my truck and I didn’t want to take the time to go grab it. Or sometimes I’d realize that both computer and hard drive were in my truck as I barreled down the highway. I’d immediately reduce speed to a geriatric pace and I’d start a mantra in my head – “nothing is going to happen, nothing is going to happen, nothing is going to happen.”

Then a colleague introduced to my new friend. Carbonite is a handy little tool that saves me time and allows me to offer a value added service to my customers. A win-win. Carbonite is an online service that backups up all my files off-site. So if something happens to my computer, my clients’ files are safe.

The software was simple to install and I had my first backup running within minutes. The backup took place quietly in the background and didn’t interfere with any of the programs I was running – a good thing since it took almost two full months to upload my enormous files.  Once it was complete, I double checked my online account. The folders were easy to access and were well organized and simple to navigate. I don’t have to think about keeping it up-to-date either. New backups run automatically, backing up any new or changed files daily.

I admit that I still manually backup my files once a month, but I no longer panic when both the hard drive and computer are on the back seat of my truck.

Want to check it out for yourself? Go to www.carbonite.com.

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