Keeping IT During An Economic Slump: The Ups and Downs

Christopher Lentz | January 14, 2009 04:30 PM

At a time when the economy is slow many small businesses find themselves asking "Can we really afford to keep an outside IT team?" Many people will say "yes" and many will say "no", but the answer relies on your individual needs.

For example, if your IT team comes in once or twice a month to do routine patches and some minor application tweeking then chances are you won't really need them during the slowdown. You can set your machines to update automatically for both Microsoft Updates as well as your particular anti-virus program.

However, if your IT team is in your office more than 4 times a month you may want to hang on to them for a few reasons. First, they may be providing additional support to the users.

Secondly, they may be working on IT projects that you have already paid or contracted them for. And lastly, if IT is in your place of business that often its because you need them there that often to keep things running smoothly and users in a happy and working state. Now is not the time for an inner-office coup!

So before you sack your outsourced IT team, determine your true need by talking with the members of your staff about how often they require the assistance of your tech guy.


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