As the jobless figures continue to rise, it isn’t perhaps surprising that many highly skilled individuals from the financial and public sectors are taking their skills to the market through self-employment and new start-ups. According to CreditSafe, 2011 saw 470,000 new company formations which is an increase of 18% over 2010. This figure does not include sole traders whom traditionally count for a significant proportion of new start-ups, so the true number of new ventures is likely to be considerably higher.
There are many things to consider when starting a new business and it can be daunting for even the most capable. The learning curves are steep, and in addition to the predictable challenges of financing, staff and premises, the budding entrepreneur will also find that many of the services previously taken from granted are now also yours to organise and can be a big distraction from your core business. This is the time to stay focused; not be side-tracked or delayed by a temperamental IT system or one not fit for purpose.
A good IT system is not only a necessity for accounts, proposals and communications with customers and suppliers, but if used strategically can also give you the all-important edge over your competition, driving your customer service, sales and marketing. With the advent of cloud computing, many of the tools previously only available to your larger competitors are now also available to start-ups at a modest monthly subscription and without the cost of expensive servers or infrastructure.
EasylifeIT™ was formed in 2006 and specialises in IT support and services for professionals and small businesses in Peterborough, Norwich and Sheffield. A small business ourselves, we are fully aware of the unique technology needs of start-ups and how to deliver effective systems and exceptional, trusted IT support within tight budgetary constraints which can grow as your needs grow.
To find out how EasylifeIT™ can help with your start-up or small business IT needs, call us on 0800 043 9186
© Lindsey Hall. Managing Director and Co-founder of EasylifeIT™