Running A Business is Hard: 3 tips to Make it Easier
Every Frodo needs a Sam.
Every Batman needs a Robin.
And every Zuckerberg needs, well, whoever actually created Facebook.
As your business is just starting to grow, you are in charge of your own destiny. You have ideas to meet needs that have yet to be addressed, and you’re doing everything you can to make your vision become a reality.
Whether you are aiming to disrupt an entire industry or simply make a cozy life for yourself, many entrepreneurs of small and midsized business find it hard to let someone else take control.
You took a risk on yourself by starting your own business, so it’s understandable that you don’t want your fate in someone else’s hands.
But, micromanaging every aspect of your business only slows your growth and upsets your employees. Your vision will never see its full potential unless you let go of the little things.
Chances are, you’ve been keeping everything in house, especially your IT. Instead of using a talented IT team to find ways to capitalize on tech trends, they are stuck monitoring your network security all day.
Maybe it’s time to find someone to trust. Someone to take the reins while you navigate your vision in the form of managed services. Find the peanut butter to your jelly.
Spreading Too Thin
When you first hired your IT staff, you were probably looking for people who had new ideas and skills that could help further your vision. But as you began to grow and expand, this small team was spending less time looking at the future and more time solving rudimentary support issues.
Hiring more people to help monitor your systems seems costly, but continuing to pile on tasks to your small IT department might create costs that far outweigh hiring someone new. With more tasks comes more room for error. Your systems likely run 24/7, but even the most gifted IT employee does not have the skills or resources to maintain that kind of support. Managed services give your system the support it needs at any point in time. Why? Because that’s its purpose.
Don’t think that hiring a managed service provider gives them sole control of your IT functions. Think of MSPs as a consultant or a second opinion regarding how effectively your tech is used. When you micromanage, you lose control of the big picture. Ironically, being overly controlling leads to losing control.
It’s okay to not be an expert on everything, but in a world where information technology is essential to function, having an expert manage your technology is the most cost effective way to go. Now, you can focus on your vision and leave the semantics to people who genuinely care about the IT infrastructure of your business.
Look Before You Leap
If you decide to go with a MSP, it’s important to choose someone who is willing to look after your best interests. A neat feature that some MSPs provide is an audit that analyzes your infrastructure to see where your IT is at and where it could be going. These audits also indicate certain weak points in your system that you may not have realized were there. The best part is, you don’t have to pay for them to check your system out. A good managed service provider will audit your system pro bono, almost like a trial period, to see if they are a good fit for your business.
This enables you to make an objective decision as to whether or not an MSP is right for you. Oddly enough, there are people that wish to see your business succeed. Managed services provides the expert opinion you need, while taking care of the rudimentary IT procedures that weigh your IT department down.
Every hero needs a sidekick. Don’t try to take on the complicated world of IT on your own.