Is it Time for Your Small Business to Hire an MSP?

Deciding if it’s time for your small business to hire a Managed Service Provider (MSP) involves assessing your current and future IT needs against your capability to manage them internally. Here are some key signs you might want to hire an MSP for your small business.

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20 Signs Your Small Business Should Hire an MSP

1. We do not have the IT expertise we need to be successful.

Managed Services offer a great benefit: Access to a wealth of knowledge in technology. Even a small MSP team can have specialists with expertise in various IT areas. The right MSP will help you avoid technology headaches and optimize your IT for peak performance.  

They may even offer IT consulting services, providing insights and advice in plain English whenever needed. They use current technologies to support your business goals, saving time and money, and preventing you from making poorly judged technology investments.

2. I find it challenging to learn about and implement new technologies.

When you hire a knowledgeable Managed Service Provider (MSP) for your company they will learn (and adapt to) your business’s strengths, weaknesses, and objectives. In doing so, they will quickly identify necessary services and solutions that increase work efficiency and customer satisfaction.  

A dependable MSP will provide comprehensive coverage to your organization and offer you the best plan for your business’s needs. You will be empowered to set long-term goals with more confidence when you’re partnered with an MSP, and able to focus on business strategies knowing you’re equipped with the tools and expertise you need to succeed.

3. We need faster technology deployment.

By leveraging years of experience and a team of certified technicians, MSPs can rapidly enhance your capabilities and implement customized services and solutions for your business. This boosts your agility and ability to adapt to the constantly changing competitive business landscape, enabling you to take a proactive approach to driving innovation rather than just reacting to problems after the fact.

4. Our technology infrastructure is not up to date.

Managed Services offers a cost-effective solution for small businesses to keep up with the ever-evolving IT systems. By partnering with vendors, providers can offer discounts on the latest IT solutions. Additionally, Managed Services automatically update software and patches – improving security and IT performance while making the most of your current setup.

5. Our IT infrastructure isn’t as scalable, or flexible, as I’d like it to be.

When you use Managed Services, the technologies and equipment used are scalable. This means that as your business grows and requires more IT capacity or new services, they can be easily added. Scalability includes all aspects from services and solutions to hardware and software.  

The expert providers should fully understand your goals so they can customize current/future technologies and equipment to enhance your business. This saves you from investing in costly technology solutions that do not generate sufficient return on investment.

6. We lack mobility.

Big businesses can enjoy the advantages of a unified connection, which results in increased mobility and cost savings on their IT infrastructure. This capability also enables employees to work from home or other remote locations while still having access to all the voice and data applications they need to perform their duties. An MSP can ensure your staff can access this through VoIP and cloud solutions.

7. We don’t have a centralized network.

Using a managed network, you can consolidate all your applications and servers into managed data centers. This network allows employees to access centralized data centers through the office intranet. Additionally, it enables access to virtual services such as storage and backups. 

8. We do not have a disaster recovery plan in place.

Disasters, whether caused by nature or humans, can occur unexpectedly and cause significant data loss and costly downtime for businesses. A reputable MSP understands the severe impact that data breaches or disasters can have on small businesses.

As a solution, MSPs can create a comprehensive plan that includes encryption, security protection, and off-site data backup to ensure that your business’s data and critical files remain secure and accessible without compromising their safety.

9. We lack capacity planning information.

Managed Services allow you to access tools that monitor your file system space, database size, network bandwidth, and other vital metrics in real time. This capability will enable you to analyze performance and capacity trends for specific databases or devices – allowing you to make informed decisions about future IT capacity and performance needs.

10. We experience a lot of downtime.

With the help of an MSP, technical issues can be tracked and resolved faster and more efficiently than relying solely on your in-house IT personnel. A team of professional technicians will detect and fix problems before they cause downtime. A reputable MSP will provide proactive management and monitoring of your IT infrastructure around the clock to ensure maximum uptime and productivity.

11. We don’t possess a clear understanding of our infrastructure.

Navigating the world of technology can be overwhelming and time-consuming. It’s difficult to get a full understanding of your technology infrastructure without professional assistance. That’s where MSPs come in. They provide constant monitoring to identify potential risks to your IT environment and explain everything in terms you can understand. They can also help you prioritize your technology products, hardware, and software based on their criticality to your business functions. This enables you to assign different service priority levels.

12. We spend far too much time on IT issues.

IT issues can be resolved without causing any disruption to your business by utilizing proactive monitoring and remote management systems. In the rare case of on-site repairs, service providers can send a technician to your office, providing you with the necessary support to quickly get your business up and running again.

13. We lack continuous infrastructure assessment and auditing.

An expert MSP will conduct a comprehensive audit of your IT infrastructure and share a detailed report with you, highlighting the resources being used by your business, any potential risks or threats, and compliance issues. By regularly assessing and auditing, you can rest assured that your infrastructure is secure and compliant with industry regulations.

14. We seek third-party technical support.

With Managed Services, you can get quick and reliable technical support from third-party experts who are trusted partners of major tech companies. These experts take on the role of an internal support team and work with external technology providers to coordinate services and provide a single point of contact for resolving any technology-related problems.

15. We don’t have the time or people to manage a new environment.

Managed Service Providers support you at every stage of the process – from creating solutions to implementing, managing, and overseeing them. If you’re considering a switch to cloud computing – but are unsure of the best solution for your business and need more resources to make informed decisions – MSPs can assist you with their expertise.

16. We don’t have a clear roadmap to tackle current & future IT obstacles.

IT projects often fail to meet deadlines and exceed budgets despite having clear goals at the outset. This is usually due to the need for a well-defined project roadmap. Managed Services can guide how to easily achieve your business objectives and overcome current and future IT challenges.

17. We want comprehensive reporting and analytics to drive strategies.

By partnering with a technology provider, you can gain access to comprehensive reporting and analytics on your company’s performance issues, as well as valuable insights into the activities occurring on your network. This information is crucial for making informed decisions about future budget allocations, identifying the root causes of most issues, and ensuring their resolution.

18. We want to better budget for IT expenses.

By having an MSP as your technical support provider, you can pay one flat and reasonable rate to receive all the assistance you need. This means you can plan your budget accordingly and avoid any unexpected expenses for repairs. Unlike a break-fix approach, you can trust your provider to make adequate repairs.

19. We want to have technology peace of mind.

Having a team of skilled technology experts on your side means you can say goodbye to spending time on IT issues or waiting for assistance to make sure your technology is helping your business thrive. This takes one less worry off your plate, which is a significant relief in today’s busy business environment.

20. We don’t have access to dashboards to see key business metrics.

A dashboard goes beyond standard reporting and can be created to match the varying needs of your business. This gives you visibility and insights into your company’s performance in real-time which allows you to adjust corporate strategy accordingly and promote ongoing improvements.

Get Strategic Managed IT Services

An MSP can not only help manage day-to-day IT operations but also act as a strategic partner in your business growth. Teal offers responsive and secure managed IT services to small- to medium-sized businesses nationally.  

Learn what Teal’s strategies and responsive support can do for you.  

If you’re interested in learning about our premier IT strategies, contact a Teal business technology advisor today. 

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