Start An Online Backup Business

Here’s a terrific service –start an online backup business.  Start this today and begin protecting your customer’s valuable computer information.  

Just think about how many small companies and/or individuals there are with computers.  And how many fail to back-up their computer files on a regular basis?   

I am one of those individuals who have to make a personal effort to backup all of my computer information on a consistent basis. 

When you start your backup business, you'll become a lifeline for individuals and businesses who use the computer frequently and a loss of information would be devastating. It's usually not a matter of if, but when, will the computer "hick-up" and information can be lost?  We've all been there . . .

For some it's more painful than others when it happens.

I know a variety of individuals who have multiple computers in their household who would benefit from a regular backup schedule, alleviating them of the worries about when the last time was the data was properly stored.

You may choose to start an online backup business alone or add a variety of different services such as computer repair, setup, or diagnostic work.    

This is a legitimate online business where you work with your customer’s to access their computers via an internet connection to backup their information, pictures, videos, etc.  You can also provide offsite data storage for disaster recovery should the data be lost.  

Computer Backup Service Cloud Computing

Research data storage companies for best practices and prices, determine if you'll need to invest in additional servers as your business grows, link with your customer’s and get them backed-up so they have the peace of mind knowing all of their information is stored safely and securely.

Help your customers by educating them on the cost of losing their information (cost, intrinsic value, etc.)

Take a look at this terrific infographic on the future of online backup services -- citing 2.4 Billion internet users in 2013; 90% of the world's data being created by users;  data doubling almost every year; and storage per household growing 7X.  This is going to be a huge growth area to consider for your business.  

N2 - Niche Notes

Niche Notes!!

After you start an online backup business, you can expand in other directions such as

1) With your "cloud" capacity, offer web design/hosting,

2) Offer your customers computer repairs and maintenance services.

3) Teach classes on the importance of computer backups.

4) Add database management/design to your business services.

5) Are you a wiz at social media?  Provide support to businesses who want to increase their social media presence.

6) Include web graphics design for your customers to enhance the look of their web pages.

7) Provide your customers with cellphone and tablet repair including backups and security to keep their technology safe and working.  

Start An Online Backup Business -- What's It Take?


  • Knowledge of online and offline storage systems
  • Organization Skills
  • Computer skills – internet connectivity troubleshooting ability
  • Software skills
  • Time management for handling backups efficiently
  • Communication skills  

Resources: You’ll require at least one good quality computer and probably a couple (including a laptop or tablet). I always recommend a couple of monitors for efficiency. You’ll want to work directly with a couple of online storage companies and have a supplier for external hard drives, CDs, and flashdrives to meet your customers needs.    

Time Required: Part Time 8-10 hrs/wk; Full-time 30-40+ hrs/week

Training:  A good working knowledge of computers, troubleshooting internet connections, and backup challenges. There are a variety of training sources including jobs where these skills are practiced, colleges/universities, and there is a variety of online training on these subjects.  You can also network with other computer techie types and gain a great deal of knowledge to help your customers.

Market:  Individual computer users, small businesses owners

Home Based:       Yes

Internet:              Yes

Location:             Local, National, Regional, Global

Start-Up Costs:    $500 - $5,000

Minimizing Start-Up Costs:  Reduce your costs by using your existing equipment and researching online storage companies who have good pricing.   Request full or partial payment upfront from your customers to cover your out-of-pocket expenses prior to performing your services.   Market your services on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis to grow your customer base and provide you with an ongoing income.  

Network to individuals, home-based business people, and small businesses when you start an online backup business.   These are the folks who cannot afford to hire computer staff and need to focus on their business – not on keeping their data backed-up.

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