It’s tempting for us to say, ‘because it’s new, it’s exciting, you’ll experience great new technologies, everyone is doing it and in-house IT is so last decade’. This isn’t what startups and small businesses need to hear. They need technology that works and that helps them grow their operations.
Hypothetically, a one-person show may not need to invest large sums of money in IT infrastructure as the likelihood is they will work from home and use several free online services to tackle things like email, file storage and sharing and even telephone calls. In fact, the most they’ll spend on IT software will probably be Microsoft Office for their PC or laptop.
When it comes to transforming your business from a one-man show to a multi-division organisation it’s likely you’ll have much less time for dealing with IT. Instead you’ll want to concentrate on running your business. This is where outsourced services come in handy as they remove the burden of IT management and even provide clear passage for your business to achieve growth.
Juggling multiple email accounts, free online file management and storage, and business phone services can be a pain. Then there’s the added complication of maintaining your company’s hardware, configuring and managing all of the free software you need to run your business, and contracting ‘fix-it’ suppliers to solve problems that occur. Doing all this ad hoc can waste a lot of time and money and often leads to confusion with bills. In the end, dealing with the IT aspect of your business in this way will lead to expenses building up and productivity crashing through the floor.
When the time comes money will need to be spent and decisions will need to be made. Outsourcing your IT can seem daunting at first as you will need to put the success of your business in the hands of another party. The solution to deciding whether to outsource your IT is to accept that it depends on a number of factors. It depends on the type of business you run, who your users/subscribers/customers are, but importantly it depends on the value of your time. Can you afford to be doing something more profitable? Are your colleagues prevented from doing their jobs because of stagnant IT practices?
We recognise the challenges faced by startups and small businesses when it comes to managing IT. That’s why we have developed a modular service that enables businesses to select the services they need to get started and add others as they grow. Business in a Box makes sure IT works for you so you can get on with running your business.
One support team. One bill. No headaches. Why not take a look at Business in a Box to see how it can help your business grow?