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Outsourced IT: What is it and why should you consider it

IT deptOutsourced IT may be the answer you have been searching for. If you have been sitting at your desk trying to figure out how you are supposed to have enough hours in the day to concentrate on sales, marketing, accounting, HR, and IT, there is good news. You can hire a company to be your IT department so it’s one less thing on your plate.

What is outsourced IT? When you hire a company to focus on all of your IT issues, you are outsourcing your tasks to them. You pay them a flat fee each month to take on these responsibilities, thus allowing you to work on all of the other things needed for you to run your business efficiently.

You can hire a company to do virtually anything and everything having to do with IT. This includes:

  • Setting up cloud computing
  • Creating a network infrastructure
  • Hosting your domain
  • Designing your website
  • Hosting your phone solutions

You have to ask yourself: Where do you need the help? As soon as you meet with an IT company, they can review your business, provide you with suggestions in terms of where they can help and then quote you with a price. Not sure if you like the price? Compare the costs with a few other IT companies in town. Remember that the cost is likely going to be paid for thanks to the productivity you gain and the work hours that you don’t have to spend working on IT problems.

It’s important to at least consider outsourced IT because you can’t afford to have downtime to your network or your website. Downtime on your network may mean no internet access and no ability to process credit cards. Downtime on your website means losing the inability to collect revenue 24/7. Neither of these is good and both of these can cause you to lose money and customers.

What could you do with an extra 5-10 hours a week? This is the average amount of time that a small business owner spends doing their own IT. You may be spending even more, but on average, these hours could be spent working on new product lines, marketing your current product lines or training new employees to go out in the field and pitch your products.

Regardless of how you spend the time you free up, you are spending them towards building your business. You can be successful as long as you delegate your time and funds wisely. Outsourced IT will allow you the time and money to do the things that weren’t previously possible. Forget about looking at the idea as something you can’t afford. Instead, it’s something you can’t afford NOT to have. It’s all a matter of finding the right IT company to provide you with the services.

The moment you get outsourced IT, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t get it ages ago. For more interesting posts, stay tuned!!!