All businesses are looking at creative ways to save money (#ConserveCash). Sure, there are things you probably invest in for your business, like marketing or R&D, but if it’s possible to save money and get the same results or better, that’s the solution you’ll pick every time.
Most business functions could be outsourced, from HR to accounting, marketing to IT. And many companies choose the outsourcing route because they understand the many benefits it has to offer.
4 Ways Outsourcing Your IT Can Save Your Business Money
In this blog, we are going to discuss outsourcing your IT and how it can save your business money while providing the same, if not better, solutions than an in-house IT department could. Here are the benefits:
1. More Efficient
Executech, a Utah-based IT Provider, states that one of the major advantages of choosing an outsourced IT provider is access to a large pool of technical knowledge. If you are hiring IT personnel in-house, you may only be able to afford a handful of employees — or even only one. Technology is such a broad and complex area that no one person can know everything. If you only have a small staff at your disposal, they will have to spend a significant portion of time researching different issues and how to fix them.
With a managed service provider (MSP), on the other hand, they often have a much larger staff of technical experts. For example, Interlaced has technical experts that fill a variety of roles: Project Managers, Customer Success Managers, Solutions Architects, Project Engineers, Customer Service Engineers. Beyond this bread to expertise, many MSPs (Interlaced included) offer 24/7 remote support via a help desk.
Because of this, outsourced IT technicians will be able to spend less time researching and more time providing solutions and value for your business. More efficiency means more bang for your buck.
2. Flexible & Predictable Billing
IT providers offer a range of billing methods, from ticket-based, to hourly, to a subscription model. Interlaced clients are billed on a subscription basis. This means that you get charged for the number of employees who are actively consuming the services. Need to add a new team - the bill simply adjusts to reflect the change. Need to reduce the number of employees - the bill will lower automatically.
Hourly and ticket-based methods can be difficult to forecast, leaving you with unexpected charges.
We have found that the subscription model helps align business incentives with our clients - we’re successful when you are successful.
3. Remote Support Enablement
All technology needs to be monitored and tended — issues arise and equipment breaks unexpectedly. Interlaced prides itself on using industry-leading technical solutions, that work well together, which are optimized to work with Apple technology - all that can be monitored and troubleshot remotely. During recent events, our clients were fully-supported and enabled to work remotely - this was all due to proactive and strategic implementations from their Interlaced support team. Interlaced helps ensure your team can stay productive, no matter where they are working.
4. No Hiring, Onboarding, or Training Costs
Employees are expensive. The costs go beyond just salary… training, onboarding, equipping, and benefits. By outsourcing your IT (or any other) needs, you’ll be saving on all of these costs. You don’t have to worry about HR costs, bonuses, or insurance. You also don’t have to worry about managing that employee.
This saved time and money can add up, and you won’t have to deal with the costs of turnover either. Many of these hiring and employment costs go forgotten, but they can make a large dent in your budget. By outsourcing your IT with an MSP, they handle hiring, training, and managing. And all of the costs of employment fall on the MSP’s shoulders.
Outsourcing your IT is a great way to save your business money. And there are many other benefits as well. If you’re looking to cut back on some of your business costs, this may be the perfect solution. You’ll be paying less for the same, if not better, level of tech support. And you’ll be able to focus on your core competency, giving your business an even better leg up on the competition.
Justin Wells is the CEO of Interlaced.io. Justin is passionate about hiring and empowering smart, dedicated, and customer-obsessed teammates to solve complex problems for Interlaced's partners. Prior to Interlaced, Justin built partnerships for Intuit, led a Startup, and spent more than 10 years as a Naval Aviator. Justin resides in San Diego.