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Whether you’re launching a startup or growing your current business, your time is best spent on initiatives to expand into new markets, acquire new customers, and grow profits — not managing technology issues. If you own a small business, these five tech challenges that might resonate with you and your company (and that might mean it’s time for some help).
When you have a slow network, productivity and efficiency suffers. Sometimes budget restraints require you and your team to “work with what you’ve got,” but an IT company can help increase your network speed without losing money to low productivity.
When you own a small business, every program, every piece of equipment, and every new software application you buy basically comes out of your own pocket. Naturally, you want to purchase technology that will be efficient and won’t break the bank. When it comes to IT, find a company who can help guide you in the right direction.
It’s probably safe to say that “fully integrated IT staff” isn’t part of your yearly budget quite yet. Still, this doesn’t mean that IT problems won’t occur, so when a problem arises, what do you do? It’s possible your web developer-turned-CFO might have a little IT knowledge, but not enough to fix more than your surface level IT issues. Bigger problems require dedicated pros.
No matter what your business is, keeping your data and assets secure should be top priority. Your intellectual property is what makes your small business unique (and successful!). Having an IT company that can help with email encryption and network security will give you peace of mind knowing that your data is safe.
As your company continues to grow, your IT needs will grow as well — you’ll have to hire more people and make processes and software more efficient, all while managing the technology that keeps your company running smoothly. Seems like a lot to do, right?
Hopefully, these problems show that IT should be an integral part of your business strategy. Good IT management can help you save time and money, boost efficiency, and gain a competitive advantage — something that every small business needs to stay afloat and be successful in today’s market.
Robert Lamm is the president and CEO of LammTech. He blogs about business and IT for CBT.