The title "Managed IT Services" can be confusing for most people. What are Managed Services? How do I find the right team for my business? How much does it cost?
Technology is frustrating, but Managed IT services are the best way and getting your problems solved easily and inexpensively. Managed services remove business overhead, and eliminate the costs of hosting an internal IT department. This includes the hiring and firing of employees, hosting office space, 401K, health insurance, company liability and more. Let's think about something for a minute... You pay your IT employees a certain rate per hour or salary. They will be at work all day no matter if they have work to do or not, and you pay them no matter what. They don't care how much work they get done because they get paid a flat rate either way. Managed Services run their own business and pay their own employees. Which means they have a very heavy incentive to make sure your business is running smoothly, because that means less time for them to spend troubleshooting, which means less money out of your pocket. It is a win win situation for both businesses. These kind of business relationships are extremely beneficial to both parties, and it's very rare.
Finding the right IT company can be difficult at first. You may not know where to search or how to find the right fit for the size of your business. Most IT companies are versatile and service companies from 5 employees to 500. When reaching out to these companies, there are a few things to look for. Do they ask the right questions about your company and see your vision? Do they seem credible? Try to ask details about the company like how long they have been in business, who their clients are, and make sure to take a look at their website. IT companies should have a strong website, after all, they are in IT right? If a company offers a free consultation, you should absolutely take it. You aren't obligated to anything, and you can get a feel for the attitude and professionalism of the company.
The cost of IT managed services are very different based on a few key ingredients. The amount of employees plays a large role along with the size of your business. Do you have one physical location or one hundred, or are you all remote? Do you host internal servers or storage solutions and do you want them? IT services for a small company of 5 employees can cost $100 a month if they are a small bar or restaurant. A company with 5 employees that works in real estate, and needs externally hosted storage solutions and drone videography can cost $1,000 a month. Consultations are very important for both companies to get a feel for expectations.
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