As a general rule, business owners and executives find it difficult to manage technology. That’s because there are a lot of details and concepts that fall outside their area of expertise. Someone well-versed in sales or cash flow, for example, might struggle to deal with the subtleties of server speeds, ransomware vulnerability, or data backup and disaster recovery systems.

For that reason, we often advise new and potential clients to read blogs like this one so they can at least have a working knowledge of the IT world. Even that has its risks, though, because a little bit of advice about technology can be a dangerous thing. Why? Let’s look at a few of the reasons you have to be careful about where and how you increase your technical knowledge…

Almost Everyone Is Selling Something

It goes without saying that almost everything you’re going to read about IT and the internet is commercially driven. That’s even true of our blog, by the way, although some other marketers aren’t quite as ethical or client-focused as we are.

The old advice to “not trust everything you read” certainly applies here. If a marketer is telling you something that doesn’t quite pass the smell test, then be sure to double- or triple-check things. You don’t want to get caught paying for something you don’t need just because it was dressed up in technical language that was hard to understand.

Some Info Is Inaccurate or Outdated

Businesses and experts are great about posting information online. They are less great about removing it when newer facts come to light.

The point here is that not only are some people and businesses willing to stretch the truth, but others can leave outdated information in easy-to-find places – intentionally or otherwise. So, you have to be a little skeptical about what you learn and always double-check any details that might be time-sensitive.

The Advice Might Not Fit Your Situation

Finally, we get to the biggest reason you have to be careful about following someone else’s IT advice. Even when an idea comes from a trusted professional or colleague, you should take the insights with a grain of salt. After all, their situation might not match up well with yours.

Every business owner or executive would contact a company like ours for a customized consultation and technology plan in a perfect world. If you aren’t willing to do that, then at least realize that what’s working for someone else in their situation might not be the best answer for your business that is operating under a different set of circumstances.

Get Your Information and Advice From a Trusted Source

At Fantastic IT our growth has been fueled by positive customer reviews and referrals. Business owners and executives love working with us because we give them the information they need, along with fair rates and stellar service. So, if you’re looking for great IT advice, visit our blog again soon. Or better yet, contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about what we can do to help your business grow!