Business Processes, Small & Medium Enterprise (SME), Technology

4 Ways Small Businesses Can Save Money On IT

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If you are a small business owner then you know that running a business isn’t easy or cheap. There are a lot of things that can end up costing you money but here are four simple ways to reduce your IT costs without hindering your business.

1. Outsource Website Design And Development To A Freelancer

Your business will need to have a website but it can be a costly thing to set up. Firstly, if you try doing it yourself you might end up taking time away from doing things you are more equipped to do and which will benefit your business more. Secondly, many professional design and development companies charge a lot of money.

You should instead find freelancers online to do the design and development for you. They often offer quality service at very affordable prices. You will also be able to rest assured that your website has unique look to it instead of a ready-made template. It will give your website a more professional and finished look.

2. Take Advantage Of Free Trials

Many on-line tools and websites run free trials for their products and you should always try these out before you purchase the real thing. Although you might not always get an offer on the website, if you contact the company directly you might be able to get an offer to test it before you purchase.

By testing the product before purchase you can avoid purchasing a product that fails to match your specific needs.

3. Use A Cloud Service

A really simple way to save money is to opt for a cloud service, such as Dropbox. Not only does this provide you with a cost effective option to store your files in a secure way, it also provides you with a cheap way to keep a backup copy of your files.

With a cloud service you can also increase collaboration with other businesses and this can help you save money on sending the files through post. It is even quicker than attaching files to an e-mail and thus an essential part of saving money on IT costs.

Another benefit of using a cloud service is the accessibility it provides you. You can access your files from anywhere you have an internet service available. Therefore you don’t need to worry about not being able to check and manage your business while you aren’t at the office.

4. Get A Professional Web Host

If you are running a website for your business, a good way to save money is to get yourself a managed web hosting service. The reason why managed web hosting can save you money is the amount of time you can save on having to check and manage the server yourself.

When you have professionals taking care of this for you, you don’t need to spend your own time fixing small problems that may arise throughout the day. If you are a small business there is no point in hiring your own IT staff just to look after web hosting. Check out JaguarPC’s website to find out more about professional managed web hosting.

Derrick is really into technology and he loves to help out businesses and private individuals make the most out of technology. He is also a big fan of cooking and loves to use gadgets to help him out in the kitchen.

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