Small-Business-Clean-TechnologyWhen you're in the process of running a business, technology has the potential to makes leaps and bounds and completely change the way you do things. Instead of just conducting business as usual, taking advantage of these advancements in technology can potentially revolutionize your business. Many of these advances are also cleaner technologies, which help you minimize your businesses impact on the environment. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when restructuring your small business with clean technology.

Switch to a Cloud-based infrastructure

If you're stuck in the old way of handling your business data, making the switch to the cloud makes a lot of sense. The "cloud" is a term that refers to an arrangement in which your data is stored on a remote server. You can access the data from any Internet connected device from any location. If you currently have old servers that you're thinking about replacing, switching to the cloud would help you avoid this scenario. Just dispose of your old servers and “move” your data center to the cloud.

When you're starting a new company, it makes sense to avoid setting up and maintaining physical servers and go straight to a cloud-based infrastructure. You can save quite a bit of money because cloud infrastructures are cheaper to run and maintain, you won't need to allocate room to setup a data center, and you won't have to incur the costs that come with purchasing data center equipment.

Leverage Software as a Service

Another cloud-based technology that you might want to take advantage of with is software as a service. This is a variation of cloud technology that makes it possible for you to access software programs via the Internet from a multi-tenant, third party host. For example, you could easily access your company’s web based accounting program or sales software from your smartphone or tablet in a sales meeting or on an airplane on the way to a business conference.

These multi-tenant software models are also Eco-friendly. Businesses that utilize software as a service models generally produce up to 95-percent less carbon than businesses that run and maintain the same services in-house.

Walk the path of the paperless office

As a small business, it is also possible to greatly reduce or eliminate the amount of paper that you use. By doing this, you will reduce the number of trees that have to be cut down to support your business, and you'll save quite a bit of money. Using an online fax makes it possible to receive faxes right on your computer instead of having to print everything out.

Any record keeping that you do could also be done digitally. Instead of wasting paper to print out invoices or customer information, you can keep it in the cloud or in a database. This will also make accessing business files a lot more convenient and streamline your business to be more productive and efficient overall.

About the author. Pearlie Davis is a freelance writer and blogger for Techbreach where she specializes in all things mobile and electronic.