We’ve published a couple of articles on the specific benefits that an outsourced IT services provider can deliver to a business, but maybe you have wondered, what types of businesses use outsourced IT services and is my business a good candidate for them?
As a whole, outsourced IT services is best for small-to-mid-sized businesses that are not large enough to have–or be able to afford–a full time IT specialist on staff. Here are some of the types of businesses that may benefit from outsourced IT services:
Small specialty retailers, resellers and locally owned retail stores may be great candidates for outsourced IT services. Setting up hardware and software for a point-of-sale system (POS), inventory tracking, or even an online accounting system may be some of the tasks performed by an outsourced IT specialist. Maybe you need help setting up an online website, or email accounts for the business. This hardware and software will need to be maintained, updated and replaced once it becomes obsolete.
It is also good to have an expert on standby just in case you encounter any technical issues such as a printer or copier not working, getting infected with a virus or spyware, or any number of other IT issues that you may encounter.
Small medical practices that are not affiliated with a large hospital or medical clinic do not receive IT support from that larger organization and may not be big enough to afford a full-time IT specialist. Since the security and privacy of your patient information is critical and mandated by HIPPA, it is a good idea to consult with an IT specialist to make sure that your network and computer systems are up to the challenge.
Getting an expert opinion on hardware and software purchases to support the practice, as well as providing technical support for problems that arise can also be good tasks to outsource to IT professionals.
Cafés, Bars and Restaurants
It seems like every bar, café and restaurant offers free Wi-Fi these days, and customers have started to expect this as one of the perks of being a customer at the establishment. But chances are, you are not a Wi-Fi networking expert, so how do you set up a network, keep it secure from hackers, make sure that your customers don’t break any laws or abuse it while they are using your network? An outsourced IT services professional might be an excellent resource for this type of assignment. They can set up a secure network, install content-control software (if desired), set up acknowledgements and disclaimers for those who use your network, and address any problems with it when they arise.
Do You Need an IT Outsourcing Service Provider for Your Small Business?
At Scenic City Business Solutions, we have experienced IT experts who can help your business with any of your IT needs. Give us a call at (423) 777-4822, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our online contact form to speak with an IT outsourcing services specialist today.