A common business strategy today is to cut corners in certain areas in hopes of maximizing profits. Sometimes this approach can save some time and money and simplify things. Other times, it can have negative or even disastrous consequences. This is a tactic some businesses use when it comes to their IT. Here are three places where you never want to cut costs when it comes to your IT:

Equipment

Let’s say you want to set up a wireless network at the office, but you don’t want to spend more than $50. So, you spend that $50 and call it good. While this new router may deliver a wireless signal that reaches every employee, you could be making a mistake that will cost you dearly.

Routers are a good example of technology that are worth investing in to get good quality equipment that not only makes sense for your business’s network needs but will also perform reliably and securely. Cheap routers aren’t known for their security features. You want something that will complement the firewalls or security software you have in place (and you should have them).

This same idea applies to all other equipment, as well as software. When you cut corners by purchasing inferior equipment, there’s a good chance you’ll be opening your wallet again to fix the problem in the near future. On top of that, it puts your data at risk if you’re buying cheap equipment and any downtime caused by faulty equipment can be a very costly nuisance. Do research, ask questions and work with an experienced IT company to make sure your equipment is up to snuff.

Growth Of Your Business

Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been in the business for a while now, you always want to invest in hardware and software that will scale with your business. It’s safe to say that most businesses want to grow, which means adding more customers and more employees. When that’s the plan, scalability becomes a big deal.

Part of the issue comes back to the first point: cheap equipment isn’t typically designed with scalability in mind. It’s a quick-fix investment. It’s not made for the long haul. Where do you plan on being in five years? What are your growth goals? You have to ask these kinds of questions to determine what kind of investment you need to make, whether it’s in software, workstations or your network infrastructure.

If you don’t think about scalability, as soon as you start growing, you’ll be hit by growing pains. You’ll have to reinvest in technology, and you’ll be spending far more than you needed to - once for the first investment (on non-scalable tech) and again for the second investment (to catch up with your growth). Don’t make this mistake!

Data Security

Just because your data is locked away in the backroom doesn’t mean it’s safe. One reason is that small to medium businesses are the biggest targets for cybercriminals. This is because most skimp on data security, making them easy for cybercriminals to steal data.

To make matters worse, if you get hit with a cyber-attack or data breach, it can be incredibly difficult to recover, and many small businesses don’t ever recover. They struggle for a few months before finally closing their doors.

You need to invest in firewalls, malware protection, data encryption, data backups, password managers and, as mentioned above, good equipment that is designed with reliability and security in mind. You don’t have to figure it out by yourself. It can be a lot, and as you dive into the topic of data security, you’ll have questions.

This is exactly why you want to pair up with an experienced IT company that specializes in security. It is very hard to run a business and try to be a data security expert at the same time. Thankfully, you don’t have to do that. You can get the most out of your equipment, you can be prepared for future growth and you can be ready for threats to your data! You just have to make that first investment.

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