Nowadays, we are increasingly working in the cloud and that’s where we keep most of our files. Google Drive has become a place where we can store files related to both professional and private life. This tool gives us a lot of possibilities such as browsing files from various mobile devices and sharing them with co-workers. Storage for data is shared between Gmail, Photos, uploaded files in various formats, and files created in Google office productivity apps.
Free Google account holders only have 15 GB of cloud space. However, in reality it turns out that storage of this size is not always enough for private users, and it is running out especially quickly if you’re using it in business. What can you do if there is not enough Google Drive space?
The truth is that the free Gmail wasn’t made for businesses. If you are a company owner or a private user who has their own website, you should consider subscribing to the Google Workspace service. That way you’ll get professional email accounts in the domain, full control over data security, plus, an enhanced cloud storage. The Business Standard edition offers you 30 GB, while in the Enterprise package you have as much disk space as you need, and there are two tiers in between.
The use of data depends in particular on the nature of our business. Software development companies, marketing agencies or accounting offices – each of these organizations will store and manage files differently. Even a 2 TB per user (in Business Standart) or 5 TB (in Business Plus) may not be enough for some employees, so it’s important to learn how to scale it up for specific users.
There are two ways of increasing Google Drive storage
✔️ The first is to buy 100 GB or 1 TB of additional space at https://www.google.com/settings/storage. The payment is made on a monthly or annual basis by direct debit. Bills are available on Google Payments at https://payments.google.com/payments/home, through the account from which the purchase was made. By connecting a payment card to a user account, in addition to adding Google Drive storage, you can buy any applications from the Google Play store. After making purchases, the fee for the selected service will be charged to your account. This method seems very convenient, however it’s designed with private users in mind. The problem occurs when the invoice is generated. If you want to receive a tax-deductible purchase confirmation, you need to contact Google support. Then you will receive a VAT invoice issued in Euro.
✔️ Better way to increase Google Drive space in Google Workspace is to purchase a licence through a Google Cloud partner, which you can assign to a specific user. That way you can get professional support and monthly invoices in the currency of your choice.
The rates in the partner offer are regulated directly by Google, therefore it is not possible to negotiate. Still, if you decide to work with FOTC then partner discounts can significantly lower your overall Google Workspace bill.
The full price list of additional storage can be found at https://support.google.com/a/answer/1726914?vid=1-635785885519043666-1761410998