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Outsourcing IT Services: Smart Moves for Small Businesses

August 13, 2016
As a small business owner, you have a lot on your plate. First of all, you handle the bulk of the work. You’re the one who knows how to create your product, and you’re the one that needs to take care of everyone else. Second of all, you’re learning as you go. There’s a certainly a learning curve that comes with owning your own business, from figuring out payroll, to creating good supplier and customer relationships. You probably have early mornings, and very late nights. So, if there was something you could take off of your plate, that would save you money, and make your business better, wouldn’t you do it? We imagine you would. What we’re talking about specifically is outsourcing your IT services. For many, outsourcing is a difficult decision to make. It’s hard to let go of such an important part of your company, and let someone else take control. But actually, outsourcing your IT services is a great way to save money, and streamline your production process. Here are 5 reasons why outsourcing your small business’ IT services is a smart move: Increase Efficiency Companies that do everything in-house have to spend considerably more time researching, developing, and marketing. This extra time and expense then has to be passed on to customers, which means your prices get higher. By outsourcing, you cut costs, which means you can cut prices, immediately giving you a more competitive edge. Tackle Projects and Problems Quickly When you outsource your IT, the company your hire has one job: to handle your IT. While they do have other clients, fixing IT problems is their singular focus. That means that when something goes wrong, they can devote their time to fixing it immediately. That also means that when you’re looking for some improvements, or you have an IT project you want taken care of, they can put considerably more energy and time into it, ensuring the project or problem is fixed quickly. Focus on Core Business Everyone has a finite amount of time. If you’re spending your time trying to learn how to improve your small business’ IT, you’re not spending time on increasing revenue, or ensuring that the rest of your company is running smoothly. By outsourcing the things that you know less about, and don’t actually have time for, you’ll be able to put more time into growing the core of your business, which benefits both you, and your company. Level the Playing Field If you’re trying to compete with “big” companies, you’re going to need to outsource. Unfortunately, there’s no way you can access or afford the same amount of tech and software without either a lot of money, or outside support. As a small business, if you only have one IT person, and are using only what you’ve got, you won’t be able to afford advanced IT solutions that will increase your efficiency. By outsourcing, you’ll have a full team of experienced IT professionals behind you, which means you

What Managed IT Really Means (And Why You May Need It)

July 29, 2016
Are you tired of constantly coming into the office only to find that the system is down again? Technology is supposed to make your life easier, but sometimes it feels like it’s just getting in the way. If your system goes down, your work has to come to a halt, making it difficult to get much of anything accomplished. On top of that, if you’re a small to medium sized business, it might be out of your budget to hire additional staff to help take care of these issues. The good news? You’re not stuck. There’s actually a great, affordable way to implement quality IT services that ensure your network is regularly updated and monitored, and it’s called Managed IT services. Managed IT allows you to cut expensive in-house IT costs in favor of a monthly flat-rate fee that pays an IT company to handle all of your business’ IT concerns. Essentially, you’re hiring an IT company to monitor your network, regularly perform updates, and make sure you’re kept aware of any useful upgrades or changes to your system. But what are the benefits of hiring a managed IT services company? Let’s tackle ‘em one at a time: Fixing Problems Before They Occur If you don’t already have a managed IT service provider, your IT security probably functions on an, “if it breaks, fix it quick!” policy. While this works for a while, there comes a point where you start to realize there might be an easier way to go about that. If only you could just get on top of the problem before it even began! Managed IT is your solution to that. When you hire a managed IT service provider, you get to forget about IT problems as you knew them. Of course, there will still be scheduled maintenance and regular communication, but with someone monitoring your network all the time, you’ll be considerably more productive, since you’ll experience less downtime, which leads us to our next point: Increased Productivity Let’s be honest, you absolutely need your system to work at all times. How can you contact clients, and how can they contact you, when your network is down? How can you perform your typical duties if you don’t have a working computer, or internet access? The truth is, you can’t. You rely on technology every day to get your job done, and if you’re just fixing your IT issues on an as-needed basis, you’ll have too much downtime. Managed IT services do more than just monitor your IT system regularly, they increase your productivity. When you don’t have to worry about fixing a downed system, and when you have very little downtime at all, you have more time to put towards actually running your business. One Flat Rate Remember those crazy emergency fees you used to pay when you had to have an IT expert come out to your company when your server went down? Well you can say goodbye to those with managed IT services. For

Free Windows 10 Upgrade Ends Soon

June 15, 2016
If you have a Windows device and you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 yet, you might want to. Back in May, Microsoft announced that the free upgrade offer, a first in Microsoft history, will end July 29. If you haven’t upgraded by then, you’ll have to either buy a new device with Windows 10 already installed, or you’ll have to shell out the $119 it costs to buy the software.   Personally, we can’t see why you wouldn’t want to update. Windows 10 offers all kinds of user-friendly improvements from previous Windows versions, and it works to make all Windows devices more compatible.  If you’re on the fence though, here’s a couple of reasons to upgrade: Advanced Tech – Obviously, most upgrades promise some sort of technical improvements. Windows 10 is no different. When you install Windows 10, you’ll get the digital assistant Cortana, who functions much like a Microsoft version of Siri. You’ll be able to keep all of your old apps through the upgrade, the new system is supposed to be considerably faster, and as a bonus, this the most secure version of Windows to date.  You’ll get all kinds of free spyware and malware designed to keep your computer, and your information safe. Familiar & User-Friendly – Windows 10 was specifically designed to be familiar to Windows users. Many Microsoft devices still Windows 7 versions of the system because the Windows 8 upgrade was so radically different that users were reluctant to switch over. Windows 10 aims to fix this problem, and allow people to upgrade for a better experience, without the learning curve. In addition to that, Windows 10 will increase device compatibility. The new system will ensure that all of your devices, phone, tablet, laptop, and desktop work together seamlessly. Um, it’s free – We mentioned this already, but just so we’re clear: the upgrade is free. And not only will you get all of the immediate benefits that come with Windows 10, but you’ll get free upgrades to the existing system in the future. That means when Microsoft launches new improvements, like their Anniversary Update later this summer, you’ll get all of that improved technology for free too.  If you don’t have Windows 10 by July 29, you’ll either have to buy it, and then pay for the new upgrades to it, or you’ll need to get a new device. We recommend you skip the hassle and just get everything for free now! The bottom line? The Microsoft Windows 10 free upgrade train leaves the station on July 29. We hope you’re on it! You can read the full article on the Windows blog.

5 Advantages of using VoIP at your Business

May 3, 2016
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is the new, easier way to manage your business’ communication more efficiently and cost effectively. Instead of using the old analog phone line system to communicate via telephone, VoIP uses the internet. Since it’s practically impossible to run a business without internet, it’s a handy way of streamlining office and outside employee communication without having to spend extra money. With VoIP, you no longer have call fees or long distance fees. Instead, you just pay for the internet use. Most experts agree that switching to VoIP can save your business up to 40% on on local calls, and more than double that on international calls. If that isn’t reason enough to switch, here’s an additional 5 advantages of VoIP that might just change your mind. Easy to Install & Learn While a lot of technology and new electronics out there today can be confusing and difficult to set up, VoIP is very user-friendly, and works to make your business run more smoothly with fewer communication issues. Setting up an IP phone is as simple as plugging it in. There’s no hardware, no software, just phones. And once you have a VoIP system, the adjustment period is short, since the technology itself is so user-friendly. Easily Configurable Whether your company’s business fluctuates based on seasons, or you’re planning to grow exponentially, a VoIP system can be configured to meet your company’s needs at any time. Phone lines are easily added, and if an employee leaves, you can just switch their line to another user, or remove it entirely. You’ll never have to pay for more lines than you need, and you’ll never be under-equipped. Call Routing Wherever you are, or wherever you might be, VoIP can be set up to dial all possible phones before sending the caller to voicemail. So if you have an office phone, a cell phone, and a home phone, VoIP can ring all of them at once, or one right after the other, depending on your preference. This means that employees on the road can answer calls out of the office, and anywhere they have an internet connection. Extended Features Beyond call routing, VoIP offers a tremendous amount of possibilities for phone calls. From three-way calling, to call waiting, to caller ID, the options are practically endless. The service itself is set up perfectly for conference calls, allowing you to mute individuals, ask questions, and check the status of call participants. As an additional feature, some VoIP services will even transcribe your voicemails to your email so you don’t have to remember names and numbers or frantically try to write them down. With VoIP you’ll have a highly functional, extremely practical phone service that comes at a lower price than standard phone lines. Do not Disturb This feature itself is worth its weight in gold. Now, when you have important business meetings, conferences, and lunches, you won’t have to worry about the office phone going off and disrupting the proceedings. Both

Best Practices for Computer Security

December 8, 2015
With constantly evolving technology, it can be difficult to keep up with all of the updates your computer needs, the scans, and the virus protection software. But if you’re just relying on your antivirus scanner to keep your computer safe, you might want to think again. Since technology is constantly updating, it’s hard for even your antivirus software to keep up with all of the changes, including new viruses and bugs that are created and improved every day. So, with all this continuous change, what are some good practices to get into to make sure your computer stays as safe as possible? Use antivirus – If you’re not using it, you’re not safe. As mentioned above, they aren’t perfect but they’re currently the best defense your computer has against viruses and malicious bugs. You might think you’re being safe, only opening trusted sites, no suspicious downloads, etc., but the fact is that viruses can still get through all of your precautions, which is why antivirus is so essential. Uninstall Java – Most people unknowingly have an old, outdated version of Java running as they surf the web. Because Java has a lot of security issues, you can easily contract a virus without even knowing it. So, avoid the risk, and just quickly uninstall Java from your computer. Update your software – We know this can be a pain, and those constant pop-ups always occur at the worst time. You can save yourself the trouble and just choose to have your software – Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Adobe Reader, etc. – update automatically. This way you don’t have to worry about updating the programs yourself, and your computer will be much more secure. Use caution in downloads – This might seem like a no-brainer, but insecure and untrustworthy downloads are a major risk for your computer. If you’re downloading software, for example, make sure you go directly to the software’s original website. There are a ton of sites on the internet that may advertise the software download as a disguise for a virus or malware.   Unique passwords – Do not reuse passwords. This just opens you up to more trouble. As soon as a hacker figures out one account, they’ll have access to all of your other accounts. Protect yourself and your computer ahead of time by making sure you’re choosing unique passwords.   Utilize your firewall – Most computers come with a built-in firewall. Leave it enabled. It protects you from malware and unsolicited incoming connections. Also, when your firewall prompts you with questions, make sure you provide it with the correct answers. If you tell your firewall you’re at home when you’re really at a coffee shop for example, it could make your shared files available to other people on that network. Instead choose the Public setting, if you really are in public.  
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