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For some businesses, IT duties are slowly (or quickly) becoming the main avenue of overall growth. But IT duties, while important, are also a hassle. It's not always affordable to hire someone to handle them. Even if you do, you may find it's still not enough.
Too Many Tasks, Too Little Time
Many people never realise just how much time and effort they must provide strictly to their IT systems. For example, if you run a very small business, consider the things you have to take care of.
Not only must you do these things regularly, you have to do them while also handling everything else that comes with running a business. As your business grows, these tasks will increase in frequency, importance, and complexity.
Even if you eventually hire a dedicated IT person or staff, it's possible you will still need additional personnel to handle certain frequent issues. There's also the expense. Maintaining computers and a network can become costly. Hiring someone to do it for you adds to that cost. Just the searching for someone to fill an IT role is a drain on resources.
The Role of Your IT Hire
One of the other things people don't realise when hiring for IT duties is that many IT duties can take up an entire workday. For example, answering help desk questions and making backups can become the entirety of someone's day, every day.
While these are important duties, they don't take into account any of the many other IT related duties your business may require. Your only option is to hire additional personnel, or overwork the people you already have.
A Possible Solution
One possible solution you should consider is managed IT services. A managed service can handle as much or as little of your IT functions you would like. They're an especially good option if you would like to free up your staff for larger engineering and networking duties, rather than the smaller tasks.
For example, you can use an IT service for testing and deploying updates and patches, a task that can become time-consuming for someone who has other duties as well. Or, you can use a managed service to perform all of your help desk functions.
For a small business, a managed IT service can handle the entirety of your IT-related functions. This can free you up to go about growing your business without worrying about the computer-related minutiae.
Remember, you can give an IT service as much responsibility as you want them to have. The only thing you have to make sure of is that you start with a reputable and professional IT service to consult with.Share