When starting up your very own business there will be plenty of factors to consider. You may find that you have a ‘to do’ list longer than your arm and a shopping list of things you need that is just as big. One of the most important things to consider on that shopping list will be the type of IT systems you use and the support you will need once they are up and running. Here’s a quick shopping list of IT support to help make it a little easier for you.
Of course before you even consider what type of support you need you will have to invest in the right equipment. Depending on the type of small business you run it may be a case of a simple laptop you can use for e-mails or a whole system that is top of the range. You may actually find that contacting an IT support company will be the best place to start before buying any equipment. They can give you advice and expert opinions on the right system for you and your business. They may even be able to sell you the things you need! If you would rather do it on your own then make sure you read through as much information about each piece of equipment before making a final decision.
Backup and security
One of the most important things for any business is security, especially if you are going to be keeping personal information and customer details on your computer systems. Having the right security measures in place will ensure that you are keeping all of that data and information away from prying eyes. If ever your system were to be struck by a virus or stolen and you lost that data there needs to be a way of backing it up. Disaster recovery and backup is an essential for any small business. Backup and security tends to come as one support package by most IT companies.
Cloud computing is a fairly new idea in terms of IT support but one that many more small businesses are using. All of your software, resources and documents are safely stored in a ‘cloud’ that is accessible wherever you have an internet connection. The great thing about cloud computing is that it is flexible and can save you a fortune in buying software. Packages such as Microsoft Office can cost a lot of money, especially if you need to buy one for each member of staff. Small businesses that have started to recruit new employees will find that cloud computing can save them plenty of money in new software and so on. Not only that but it is another effective way of keeping everything safe as only you and the people you give passwords to, will be able to have access. If anything were to happen to your systems then you know you will be able to login to your cloud and retrieve everything back.
These are just some examples of the IT support you need when starting a small business, which can completely depend on the size and type of the company. You may find that you need 24/7 support and advice when things go wrong and many IT support services will provide that too. As long as you use one company for all of your support you will find it to be a cost effective way of protecting your small business.