5 Reasons for a Small Business to Outsource IT (Part 2)
4) You are Effective Once You Learn a New System
The main reason a company would need an in-house tech is that they have a constant need for technical support and infrastructure management. Reasons to have a local IT professional include legacy software system that must be continuously maintained or a steady demand from clients for some kind of IT service.
However, most small businesses are pretty self-sufficient in their use of computers and company software once it is all properly set up. You don’t need to know why your cash register or record keeping software works to make it work properly until it’s time for an update or the rare instance of technical difficulties.
If you and your team are perfectly capable of managing the day-to-day computer usage for your business, then an outsourced IT team can provide everything you need. They can help you set up new systems and train employees to use them. You can rely on them to make solid recommendations for upgrades and implement those upgrades smoothly. And there will always be someone to call if something goes wrong. But other than that, you’re more than capable of handling things on your own.
5) You Understand the Dynamic of Supply and Demand
Finally, there is the simple matter of supply and demand. There just aren’t enough skilled IT technicians, much less full-service teams, to go around. There are far fewer skilled network administrators than there are successful business owners simply because far more people want to own businesses than those who dream of administering networks. Not to mention that it takes a team of three to ten differently-specialised IT technicians to provide the full gamut of business services ranging from hardware setup to advanced cybersecurity.
At the same time, we’ve already discussed how most small and even medium businesses simply don’t have full-time IT work available. IT outsourcing agencies are the ideal solution. An IT agency is essentially an independent IT department that can create the equivalent of full-time work for themselves by offering part-time and on-demand service to several small businesses. This way, small businesses get the benefit of an entire IT department and the professionals get full-time work on an interesting variety of projects.
You know your small business better than anyone else. You know how it runs, what your system needs, and approximately how much IT work you find yourself calling on in a given month. The fact of the matter is that most small businesses will never need their own IT teams because the business plan doesn’t involve constant computer upgrades and maintenance. Most likely, you have gone out of your way to establish a robust technical infrastructure that your team can use easily and is mostly self-maintaining. While your system may need to be upgraded on occasion and checked to make sure everything is still optimally functional and secure from hackers, this requires less than a few hours a month. Not nearly enough to justify a full-time employee.
If this sounds like your business, or anything close to similar, then an IT services agency is the perfect compromise between practicality and high-quality service. By outsourcing, you can get all the benefit of a fully-staffed IT department that works well together and understands your system without the expense or concerns of building an IT department of your own. Ready to cover all your IT bases in one easy step? Contact us today!