Even when your business is not specifically in the IT or tech industries, it is very likely that the majority of your work is done on a computer. Whether you spend all day emailing, designing or writing, computer systems are now integral to the way we work and even hour lost to a downed system is going to cost you money.
With that in mind, you need to make sure that you have either got a fabulous IT department who can work wonders or have outsourced to the best possible team. Though you might assume that having your own team is best, services like IT are increasingly being outsourced.
Here are just a few reasons why.
Get Access to a Whole Team of IT Geniuses
The biggest benefit of outsourcing to another company is that you guarantee yourself a large range of skills at your disposal. If your IT department is made up of one person and they don’t know how to fix a problem, you have run out of options very quickly. A company specializing in IT will have many more people to suggest solutions and, as they do this sort of thing all day, may have experience of other ingenious solutions you would never have thought of.
One of the most common IT problems is attempting to recover data and, however tempting it might be to try and do this yourself, an IT specialist is much less likely to lose your files forever. Leaving your IT problems to the experts (especially when trying to recover virtual machine data) is always the smartest move.
Get the Best Value For Money
Consider it this way: if you hire one member of staff, you will get all their capabilities, but if it costs the same to outsource to a company of 50 experts, then you get a whole lot more for your money. This is significantly better value and you are much more likely to find a solution for whatever the problem is faster.
With their reputation on the line, people tend to move faster and think more creatively about problem solving. This is great for you because it means that an outsourced company is always competing for you to stay with them. They are fully incentivised to work through your problem as soon as possible because, like you, they potentially lose money with every minute of inactivity that goes by.
Stay Focused on Your Business Priorities
Finally, the main reason for any business to outsource anything: you need to focus on your business priorities, not on the periphery. Business operates much like a network and as IT and tech have advanced, more and more companies rely on each other to provide essential services, IT being just one of them.
Small businesses especially should be looking to outsource as much as possible including IT, HR and marketing services as this will free them up to do the thing they are good at. The more you can focus on building your company, the less you should be worrying about all the other stuff. Get someone else to do that.