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If you own a business, you need this one thing to survive

If you own a business, you need this one thing to survive
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One of the worst things I've experienced as a business owner was when the hard drive on my laptop died. Sure, it might sound like a small thing - but think about it. Imagine everything you keep on your work computer, all of your contracts, documents and client files. Now, imagine what would happen if all of those files were gone. How far would it set you back? Not just in dollars, but also in time and resources.

When it happened to me, I thought I was covered. I took my laptop to my staff IT guy, and simply asked him to change out the hard drive. I thought I'd be back up and running within a few hours, but that wasn't the case. To my surprise, my IT guy informed me that he could swap out the hard drive but I'd lose all of my files.

A few years later I had a similar experience, only this time I was traveling. While on vacation with my family in Paris, I tried to access my work computer remotely. I logged in using Go To My PC but received an error message about a hard drive issue. It was on a Saturday, no one was available for the weekend, and I was once again stranded without access to my files.

You know what they say: Fool me once, shame on you - fool me twice, shame on me.

I learned my lesson the hard way. It was at that point I discovered Carbonite. Having experienced the headaches and stress that came along with not having the files I needed, I was determined to never find myself in that position again.

Later on, when Carbonite approached me about a potential sponsorship, I was already well aware of what it was and why people relied on it. I was already using the service to protect the critically important documents I needed for my business. So, naturally, I was already on board.

Carbonite's business plans back up all your office computers, external drives and even file servers and databases to multiple secure remote locations. Even better, the backups are updated automatically as information is created, changed and deleted, so it's always current.

In the event of a disaster, you can restore your information to new computers with a few clicks or log in from any gadget to pull critical files as needed. Not only is Carbonite easy to use, it's easy to set up. If you're not using Carbonite already, you should be. Click here to get a 15-day trial and two months FREE.

Backing up your data isn't something most people think about every day. In fact, we only realize how important it is when we lose access to our documents. Until then, we think we're covered, and that the worst will never happen to us.

By the time that happens it's already too late. Take my word for it and watch this video that proves it's not just me. Business owners everywhere struggle with the same challenges, and could lose everything if they're not prepared.

Press play to hear the story of Boston Common Coffee Company:

Computer failure isn't the only reason you need to back up your files. Local disasters and other emergencies could completely destroy your businesses' equipment and records. You can never be too careful.

With Carbonite, no matter what the issue is, you can be back up and running in no time from any other computer. There's even a courier recovery option that will send you a hard drive with your data on it. If that's not enough, here are six huge reasons Carbonite is the perfect tool for your business:

  1. Unlimited cloud storage
  2. Automatic backups
  3. Expert support
  4. Easy file recovery
  5. Accessible files on the go
  6. Dependable protection that gives me peace of mind

Don't make the same mistake I made. Start protecting your business data today, before you lose access to critical data. Click here for your 15-day trial and two months free from Carbonite. Be sure to use promo code KIM at checkout.

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