Even though it’s still early in the year, we want to make a big prediction. We think we know the biggest IT-related mistake business owners will make in 2022.
Does that sound bold? Maybe a little bit assumptive? Possibly. But we aren’t reaching quite as much as you might think. That’s because the most common technology mistake business owners make this year is almost certainly going to be the one they make every year: thinking only about the short term.
This is something we see happen again and again. It’s as predictable as the sun rising in the east. Either because they feel confused by technology or because they are overwhelmed with other tasks and priorities, entrepreneurs and executives find themselves considering the here and now – and nothing else – when deciding how to manage hardware and software. They prioritize low up-front costs, ignore warning messages, and shrug off good advice. And they do all of these things because they aren’t considering the long-term implications.
Let’s look at a few of the reasons why short-term thinking can eventually ruin your IT strategy…
You Think You’re Saving Money When You’re Not
Often, business owners make unfortunate decisions because they are looking to save cash. That’s certainly understandable, but it hardly ever works. The upgrade you skip, the device that you don’t replace, or the service you put off will almost always come back to bite you later. In other words, procrastinating ends up being much more expensive than simply setting a realistic budget to start with.
You Never Get the Efficiency Gains You’ve Been Chasing
When it comes down to it, investing in technology or IT support for your business isn’t about getting the latest and greatest apps or devices. It’s all about making your business more efficient through increased efficiency, revenue gains, and cost savings. You can’t find those benefits if you’re constantly prioritizing today to sacrifice tomorrow. You might save time and money now, but in the long run you’re hurting your bottom line.
You Eventually Have to Bite the Bullet
When you only think about short-term expenses and concerns, you essentially tell yourself you’re willing to pay a bigger price later. At some point, you will have to update a device, buy an app to keep up with the competition or pay for emergency IT support. It’s much better to lower these costs and follow a predictable plan than it is to have them come “out of nowhere” and blow a hole in your budget.
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