IT is often an expensive drain on the resources of small businesses. Although it costs a lot, the technological advances provided by IT investment can be invaluable. Here are some of WinWeb’s top tips for saving money on your IT budget:
Switch to VoIP: Huge telephone bills can be a nasty shock for a small business. You can make large cost savings by using free VoIP technology to speak to your own staff this way.. Try to persuade as many of your clients as possible to start doing the same, because then you will all benefit.
Work remotely: There is no longer any need for small businesses to have workstations both at home and in the office. For most businesses, it is now perfectly possible for employees to work remotely from their home. Remote desktops, instant messaging and VoIP have been the catalyst for this change.
Go online: Boxed software is often very expensive and is quickly out-of-date. Many people are shocked to find that there are a lot easy to use alternatives which will perform the same functions and often are actually even better. With the added bonus that you never have to worry about updates or your software being quickly out of date!
Consolidate servers: Running a large number of old single-function servers is a total waste of energy, space and money. Consider changing over to a powerful yet affordable single server solution like the WorkGroupServer offered by WinWeb.
Web-based apps: Switching your current critical applications to those with web-based functionality makes it far cheaper to keep back-ups of your data. Your accounts, payroll and marketing can all now be done online more efficiently online and also provide significant cost savings.