This post by guest contributor Sam Aubin, Partner Marketing Specialist, Right NetworksThe retail industry has changed so much over the past few years. With modern day POS applications like Square, Clover, and Stripe the purchasing process is simplified for retailers and for the consumer. No longer are you seeing bulky cash registers when you walk into stores, instead you are met with someone holding a tablet ready to swipe your credit card. Your customers want to feel secure when they hand over that card, and you want to keep your financial data safe. Security and backup, among other features are great reasons to cloud-enable your QuickBooks Desktop and Commerce Sync.Here’s even more detail on what you get when cloud-enabling your QuickBooks Desktop:1. SecurityWeek after week, it seems, another major company hack hits the news. It can be easy, even tempting, to tune this out or to think that your information isn’t at risk or isn’t “important” enough to be the target of a security breach. Reputable cloud providers encrypt communications, and have sophisticated firewalls and backup systems in place that most smaller organizations can’t achieve on their own.2. BackupsCloud solutions don’t just protect you from outside intruders or events. They also bring your security through backups by providing protection against a natural disaster, like a hurricane or fire, or even an electrical outage that brings your local servers offline.Disasters can also hit on a smaller, though no less devastating scale. An employee leaving a water bottle open in their carry-on – or perhaps having a laptop stolen out of their rental car – is no longer a major problem when you’re running your small business in the cloud.3. SimplicityRunning the traditional, local instance of your accounting software is a lot of responsibility. And it might not feel that way until there is a problem. But when there is a problem, your entire business is at risk. IT burdens like network maintenance, security patches and upgrades, and application upgrades all take time and energy. With a managed cloud environment, you get away from playing IT consultant (or paying IT consultants) and get back to helping your local customers.(… All Together Now…) ProductivityBeing cloud-enabled makes it easier to run your business.When you’re not maintaining IT systems, running backups, or chasing down client files – productivity is sure to rise. With your newfound time, you can be more strategic in your retail offerings and spend more time doing what you love.Solving Problems for Retail Small BusinessesTips for Boosting Revenue on Black FridayGet Involved in Small Business SaturdayAbout Right NetworksRight Networks is the leading provider of cloud-based accounting and business solutions for CPA firms, accounting professionals and small to medium businesses who want to gain all the benefits of cloud-based applications without needing to replace what they use today. The Right Networks cloud combines advanced, highly-available technology with 24x7x365, U.S. based phone, email and chat support to deliver an always accessible and always there for you service experience allowing customers to focus on growing their businesses.Visit https://www.rightnetworks.com/ to learn more about the solution, pricing and available plans.