Why use an IT Consultant?

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Small Business Benefits of Employing an IT Consultant

If your company is in its infancy, you need to make sure that you have the IT systems in place to build your business.  A strong computer network forms the backbone of any growing business, providing you with the tools and security you need to provide a good service to your customers.  Accordingly, you might like to think about using the service of an IT Consultant.

Initially, it’s likely that your new business will be based around only one or two key people.  Whilst, it’s possible that IT is something that this team can deal with, for a number business people it can be a headache.  It’s likely that setting up systems and processes, to help you work more effectively with your customers, will be a deflection away from what your business needs to be doing on a day to day basis.  Conversely though, it very likely there will not be enough work in the early days to warrant having  somebody with the necessary know-how on hand all of the time.  This is were being able to call on an outsider, with the right skills, could really benefit your business.  An IT consultant will be able to provide the necessary knowledge and support as an when you need it and not be a constant drain on your companies finances.

Those working in IT consulting jobs need to be efficient and have strong people skills.  Project management is vital in this area where delivering on time and to budget can make all the difference. Many IT projects are costly, and a delay of several weeks can push the costs up to a point where the project becomes unaffordable for a small business.  Your IT consultant is trained to manage both the scope and the deadlines of the project to ensure that costs are controlled and the project is delivered as promised.

There are a number of ways working with an IT Consultant will be able to help your business:

Improve efficiency

Your IT consultant can advise you on the best way to use technology to improve automation and productivity in your company. They will assess your needs and recommend systems which speed up business processes, allow for greater accountability and free up man hours for other work. They can also help improve communication in your organisation and the sharing of information.

Help keep you at the cutting edge of technology

We work in a challenging marketplace and being at the cutting edge can give you the advantage over your competitors.  A good IT consultant will be fully up-to-date with developments in your field that could improve your bottom-line, or make your product more marketable.

Protect your data and stay legal

You need to know that your data, and that of your customers’, is protected.  You don’t want to be sued because a hacker has stolen credit card information from your IT systems.  Not only could this cost your company a lot of money, it could also result in loss of business as your reputation is dragged through the mud.

Ongoing support

If something goes wrong with your IT systems it can stop all work in your company.  An IT consultant offers ongoing support in case of an emergency, so you can reduce the risk to your data and get your network back up and running before your clients are affected.

Any business can benefit from the advice and services of an IT consultant.  Your company can learn to manage its information, communicate more efficiently with customers & suppliers and benefit from the cost efficiency the right technology can often bring.

Based in South Ribble, servicing Preston and Lancashire AWP Computer Services offer specialist IT Consultancy for small and start-up businesses throughout the county.  We have many years experience in delivering up-to-date advice to small and medium sized business on many aspects of their modern information technology needs.  This includes help with Information Technology set-up, unbiased guidance about current best practices, general IT advice and assistance with IT equipment purchasing.

For more information about IT Consultancy and the benefits of using an IT Consultant for your business CONTACT AWP COMPUTER SERVICES TODAY!

CALL 01772 698078


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