Option 1: Utilize a part-time IT professional. There are plenty of IT professionals that can help you manage and maintain your information technology. They can be hired by the hour, or you can have an ongoing arrangement for them to check-in on a regular basis to make sure everything is running correctly.
Option 2: Utilize an IT Managed Services Provider. Many essential IT management tasks can be performed remotely over the Internet. Managed service providers provide many options including help desk services and on-site resources if needed. Having a “virtual” IT department is a great option if you need to be up and running 24/7.
Option 3: Hire a full-time IT resource. Depending on the size of your small business, and the significant risk of your computers, servers, printers or internet access not functioning correctly, the cost of this resource could very well pay for itself.
If you’re spending too much time on IT, and not enough time on growing your small business, these options can provide you with solutions to make sure your information technology is managed and maintained without impacting your time.
Dick Jones is the Founder & President of Jones Simply Sales in Alpharetta, Ga. As a 4th generation sales professional, he has over 30 years of experience advising, coaching, consulting and working with small business owners. Office: 770-663-4681, web: www.simplysalesllc.com