When you’re your own boss, it’s difficult, especially as industries of all types are becoming more competitive and agile than ever before. So what makes an effective business owner? They might have started with a good idea or intellect or connections, but ultimately, what gets you started doesn’t keep you in business. We all know that. There are many business owners out there – some of them fail, others succeed; what’s the difference between the two?
You can’t simply snap your fingers and become an effective business owner, but you can start thinking about where to allocate resources to make your company the most efficient and profitable it’s ever been. Let’s start with information technology. Where are you allocating resources?
- Leaving information technology management to the most tech-savvy individual within your organization?
- Hiring internal personnel that leave you spending a lot of money on salary, bonuses, vacation pay, and more?
- Paying a third-party company that only responds to requests and/or emergencies, instead of taking a proactive approach?
If any of these situations sounds familiar, it might be time to better allocate your resources. This means keeping employees focused on what they’re supposed to be doing, even if they’re tech savvy. This also means considering what you’re spending on internal personnel/break/fix third party organizations.
Another area to make your business more efficient and profitable is what procedures do you have in place to protect the company against cybercrimes? Cybercrime continues to evolve and security breaches are increasing. Your business can’t afford to have a third-party responding to threats or getting an internal tech savvy employee, who’s not quite sure what to do, in order to properly secure your network.
You need an experienced team of professionals that are able to do the following:
- Assess all of the risks and/or vulnerabilities you might be facing
- Take any industry-specific compliance regulations into consideration
- Implement security measures to eliminate those risks and/or vulnerabilities
- Educate staff members on proper best practices
- Stay ahead of ongoing threats that arise within the industry you’re operating in
The cost of security is well-worth the investment, if you’re not ensuring you’re protected, you’re going to end up with tons of costs associated with reputational damage, system recovery/repair, and loss of revenue due to lost customer trust and missed business opportunities.
You need to make sure the team of professionals you choose to work with is able to spend your IT security dollars wisely – choosing the right security measures, such as enterprise-grade anti-virus software, firewalls, and web-content filtering, to fully protect your business against all types of attacks.
Contact One Up Solutions Northwest to find out more about what effective business owners do to handle their information technology. Call (503) 278-5011 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about our managed IT services, we handle your systems and secure against threats – all for one flat-rate monthly fee.