SMBs Spend Less on IT With These Top 3 Tips
Meeting the Challenge - How Small Businesses are Surviving Ongoing Restrictions
How did you feel on Sunday, 6 September, when our Premier announced the need for ongoing restrictions? For some businesses the announcement is a death-knell, whilst for many small businesses it’s a daunting prospect to continue to push on with no clear end date to restrictions in sight.
Now is a time that our feelings can overcome us, particularly if we read too many news articles and opinion pieces promoting varied and conflicting reports from different experts. Rather than focusing on matters outside your control, which can be draining, look at what you can control. For example, when it comes to IT you do have control over 3 key areas that help you both save and consolidate what your small business spends each month.
3 Tips to Save and Consolidate Your Spend on IT
With most of us confined to working from home, it’s more important than ever that your IT systems and devices work efficiently and reliably. Does that mean you need to be channeling money into your IT? Not necessarily! By choosing the right tools, IT partner and being cyber aware, you and your team can both save and consolidate the money your business spends on IT. For most small businesses there are 3 key areas to focus on that will save you money:
- Keep your devices protected with the latest security updates;
- Maximise use of what you already have (eg, Microsoft 365);
- Lock your IT spend to a set monthly amount using a Managed Services Provider you can trust
1. Keep Your Devices Updated
This tip is a huge saver to unnecessary IT spend. If you keep your devices current with the latest security and software patches you are maximizing your protection against your device being cyber hacked.
A good MSP (Managed Services Provider), such as itro, will ensure your work devices are automatically upgraded with the latest security, software and app updates as soon as they are available. But what about personal devices you and your team may use for work purposes? It’s really important you keep all of your devices with online capability, including your smartphones, up to date.
If you’re unsure how to update your devices, visit itro’s list of official Apple, Windows and Google Support site links so you can ramp up your protection today.
2. Maximise the Value from your IT Subscriptions
Do you already subscribe to Microsoft 365? It’s a brilliant way for your small businesses, Firm or new start-up to save money on software costs. Subscription gives you the full Office suite of apps – Outlook, Email Exchange, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Teams, which you can load on to up to five devices for a set monthly cost.
If you do have Microsoft 365, are you getting the most out of your subscription? This subscription gives you everything you need for emailing and scheduling, creating work documents, spreadsheets and presentations and everything you need to keep in touch with your team, vendors, marketplace and stakeholders using Teams. That means, when you subscribe to Microsoft 365 you don’t need to pay extra money for a conferencing app.
Microsoft have just beefed up their communication capabilities with the addition of Teams Calling. Teams Calling gives your business the full functionality of a traditional phone system across all your internet-enabled Windows, Apple and Android devices. You can make regular local, interstate and international calls from any location with internet. It gives you voicemail and shared contact lists across your Windows and Mac devices, and iPhone or Android smartphones that are subscribed to Microsoft 365. It’s as easy to use as regular phones and integrates smoothly across Microsoft’s business apps. You can also get Teams handsets for your home office or desk. If your business isn’t already maximising the benefits of having Teams, please call itro so we can help you reduce your costs and stay competitive.
3. Lock down what you spend each month on IT
The best way for your small business to spend less on IT is partner with a Managed Services Provider, such as itro, to control what you spend each month on your IT.
A good MSP will ensure you have everything you need to stay connected and keep your devices and team cyber safe whilst you work wherever you have internet! Your office, your home or when outdoors enjoying a coffee.
itro offers managed plans that are perfect for small to medium businesses with 1-100 employees who want a proactive and honest partnership with their MSP. As your MSP, we see our responsibility is to proactively keep your office working and your team cyber safe for an agreed monthly fee.
No one likes getting unexpected bills, and we don’t like passing them on, especially now with Victorian businesses so hard hit by pandemic restrictions! By joining one of our managed services Support Plans, you will reduce or remove your risk to unexpected bills. We don’t see ourselves as an IT company: we’re a customer service company that manages and protects IT for our clients, and we’d love to work with your business.
If you’d like to know more, please check out our Support Plans pricing and comparison matrix on our website here.
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Starting a business is big step. Finding a way to stay resilient and financially viable often depends on tapping into experienced insights of how you can make your money go further, and tips to help you maximise the benefit of what you’re already spending on IT. We have several articles on our website that give practical advice on how to maximise your businesses’ IT and devices.
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