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When starting a business, you may only need basic devices and software to get by. However, as your business grows, you may start to notice that your technological needs change. Below are just a few IT mistakes that businesses make when growing and what you should be doing instead. 

Not scaling up your software

Cheap basic software may be all you need in the early days of owning a business, however as your business grows, you may start to notice that this software has its limitations. A lot of basic software is only built to support 1 or 2 users at a time. Once you start building up a team of employees, you don’t want each employee to be waiting to use software. Similarly, you need to be sure that software can handle all the functions you need without crashing or taking ages to process information. By upgrading to a more advanced software plan, you could find that you’re able to handle complex tasks more quickly. Most popular software applications will have multiple plans available to choose from depending on the size and demands of your company – make sure that you choose the right plan for you.

Clinging onto outdated technology

If your business has been slowly growing over several years and you’re still using original machinery and software, you should consider whether it’s time to modernize your tech. This is particularly the case if software is no longer supported or if hardware has exceeded its recommended life. Growth isn’t all about fine-tuning old methods – sometimes it’s beneficial to switch to completely new methods in order to adapt. This post lists a few signs that your tech may be outdated.

Failing to train staff how to use IT

When introducing new technology, it’s important to thoroughly train your current staff how to use this tech. You don’t want to keep introducing new tech without giving employees time to familiarize themselves with it, otherwise you’re likely to be hindering your team rather than helping them. Similarly, make sure that new employees are taught how to use all technology so that it’s not just your oldest employees who know how to operate it.

Hiring in-house IT staff instead of outsourcing

Hiring your own in-house team of IT staff generally isn’t necessary unless your company starts to get really big. You’re much better off outsourcing a managed service provider to handle all of your IT. What is a managed service provider for companies? A managed service provider (or MSP) is basically another company that specializes in business IT. They’re able to handle all your IT needs from fending off cyberattacks to managing infrastructure. Outsourcing an MSP is generally a lot cheaper than hiring a team of in-house IT specialists and often a lot less hassle. 

Failing to step up your cybersecurity

As your company grows, you’re likely to face more elaborate forms of cyberattack. Hackers will go to greater lengths to steal data or extort money because they know that you have more to offer. For this reason, it’s important to step up your cybersecurity as you grow. Start using more complex passwords and take extra steps to secure your network.