Many small businesses start out bare bones – without HR departments, accounting departments, or IT support. And while cutting corners is often essential in the beginning stages of a business, IT support is one corner you shouldn’t cut.
According to an infographic published by Couno, a UK-based IT solutions provider, a staggering 27 percent of small businesses don’t have IT support. In other words, when things go wrong with their IT, they choose to stick their head in to the sand. This doesn’t sound like a good plan.
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Read on to hear the top 3 reasons to make sure your company has IT solutions at all stages of its development, and how this investment will ultimately save you a lot of time and money.
IT Departments Protect Your Business
This is probably the number one reason to have your IT solutions outsourced. Forget for a minute all of the “technical” things they can do for you (which are also important) and just realize this: IT departments ultimately do one thing better and more importantly than any other service you could hire: they protect your digital investment.
Not having an IT department is the digital equivalent of starting your business in a rough neighborhood, stocking the office with valuables and leaving the door unlocked at night.
The Internet is unfortunately full of predators, and if you are without an IT department you are leaving the door open to them.
IT Departments Save You Headaches
In addition to the big ways in which IT solutions are important for your business, there are a myriad of smaller services they offer that are essential to saving you the time you’ll need for other aspects of developing your company.
Setting up company emails, websites, and cloud services are all things that will take you hours to complete, and that’s only if all goes according to plan. The second a glitch happens or a server is down; kiss your self-made peace of mind goodbye, because you have chosen to be your own IT department.
So why not focus on the aspects of your business that you excel at, and leave the tech support to the professionals? When problems arise, (and they will) you’ll be happy you did.
IT Departments Optimize Your Content
If you want to make the most of your new company’s product, then hiring experts is the best way to do so. Your mobile app isn’t going to make itself, nor is your social media campaign going to self-launch.
So rather than making an app that no one enjoys using (or having no app at all), hire IT support. The credibility and value of your product is highly tied in with its presentation. And having a great product that is badly presented is often worse than a bad product expertly presented.
So don’t waste time developing something that won’t be perceived as valuable by your potential customers.