Benefits of G Suite Basic
"I'd like to use Gmail for my business account, but that @gmail.com address makes me look kind of like an amateur" – sound familiar? Gmail is a fantastic tool with vast storage and amazing search capabilities, but you look a bit like a schmuck for using it. With G Suite, you get the power of Gmail but get to front-end it with your own email address at your own domain.
In addition, you get 30 GB of storage space per account, 24/7 professional support, the ability to synchronize to Microsoft Outlook and other email providers, and a 99.9% uptime guarantee.
Given the above-listed features, you can run a sophisticated email marketing center through your G Suite email account. G Suite allows you to create up to 30 email aliases per user account, allowing you to receive and send email to (for example) firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and so on, all in a single user’s Inbox.
G Suite’s tools for document creation and collaboration are extremely powerful. There’s Docs for written content, Sheets for spreadsheets, and Slides for presentations. All three connect seamlessly to the Drive storage component of G Suites, and you can share documents freely within your entire organization on any device, whether Windows, Mac, Android, or iOS.
You can configure G Suite to work offline as well, allowing you to achieve maximum productivity whether you’re on the net or on the go. All the G Suite productivity tools were designed with collaboration in mind so sharing workflows with other people, whether inside or outside of your organization, could not be simpler.
All that content can be made public-facing, with powerful access controls – you can make entire sections of your business content library available for public view, letting you put your presentations and documents out there for the world to see. You can also share more specifically by sharing individual files with whoever you want to collaborate with. Drive provides each user with 30 GB of free storage (upgrades to 1 TB or infinite storage are easy to get and reasonably priced), shared with your Gmail account.
Okay so, storage is great and everything but when you really want to share your vision with the world, you need a website. G Suite has you covered with Sites, a powerful and flexible way to create intranets, wikis, and external websites with tremendous simplicity. No coding knowledge or HTML expertise is required; the Site’s interface lets you drag and drop design elements to create professional-looking sites quickly and easily.
Video conferencing has been the promise of the future for a long while now, but G Suite Hangouts has actually made it practical and inexpensive. You can host video chats with up to 25 members, and those chats have a lot of collaborative power. Participants can share screens with one another, allowing seamless integration of a video/audio feed while working together on documents. You can host your Hangouts on Air, a service that automatically live streams a Hangout and simultaneously archives it to your YouTube account, allowing you to create a steady stream of video content just from your meetings.
One of the most powerful tools in G Suite is the shared Calendar feature. Everyone in your organization can have their own calendar, and you can also create shared calendars for teams. Even better, you can make a business calendar publicly available, giving all your customers access to what your company has scheduled! Calendar integrates smoothly with other G Suite tools, so that users can add calendar appointments effortlessly via Gmail, and put Hangout links on the Calendar so that one click will automatically bring the Hangout to life.
We’ve only touched on the bare outlines of what your business can do with G Suite. There are a lot more tools and options available, from creating blog streams in Google+ to speeding up your notetaking with Keep to maintaining permanent records with Vault. G Suite is a powerful and adaptable tool for your small business, and you can get a tremendous amount out of it. Best of all, it’s free to try and cheap to use. Sign up and start collaborating today!