Most business owners and executives understand that small businesses need good IT support. However, many would struggle to describe exactly what that looks like.
From our perspective we would say that you need a tech provider who is competent, affordable, and responsive. They need to be dialed into your goals and keep your company running smoothly so you aren’t caught with unexpected issues or outages.
However, we would also add that your approach to IT should be scalable. This is something we have been talking to our clients about for years and it seems to become more and more important with each passing month.
Why is it so important for small businesses to have scalable IT systems in place? Let’s take a look at two of the biggest reasons…
You Might Have Room Left to Grow
Most small business owners and executives are trying to maximize profits today while keeping one eye on the future. Unless they are in an extremely stable industry or have grown satisfied with what they have, future growth is the name of the game.
However, that growth almost never occurs in a linear fashion. It comes in fits and starts, with unexpected jumps that can only take place when opportunities are seized. Often, getting technology (in the form of workstations, mobile devices, software licenses, etc.) in line with bigger business goals is an important part of the process.
Because growth can be hard to predict months or years in advance, it’s good to have an IT strategy that allows you to adjust your funding and usage as you go.
The Future Can Be Unpredictable
Of course, even if growth is the goal there might be times when you need to pull back, cut expenses, or move in a different direction. In fact, for many of our clients that was the exact lesson 2020 delivered again and again.
Because the future can be unpredictable, it’s nice to have the flexibility to scale your technology budget (and capabilities) up and down with very little notice. That doesn’t just free up cash flow, it gives you a little more breathing room to experiment or respond to market conditions. You aren’t locked into big investments or cash outlays, so you’re free to figure out what’s working from one quarter to the next.
Agility and efficiency go hand in hand. It’s no secret that small businesses can’t afford to get caught on the wrong side of a cash crunch, or paying for equipment and services they don’t need. That’s what makes scalability so valuable, particularly in our current business climate.
Want to Know More About Scaling IT for Your Small Business?
In some situations, having a scalable IT plan can be the difference between profitability and unexpected cash flow struggles. In the next post, we are going to explore some of the ways you can keep your company flexible when it comes to tech spending.
However, if you’re looking for faster and more personalized answers, remember you can always contact the Fantastic IT team to schedule a free consultation. Why not get in touch today and see what we can do for you?