As the owner of a business, you may have many different roles, such as CEO, accountant, marketer and salesperson and you may switch between these rolls daily. You probably know the basics when it comes to computers, but you’re probably happier hiring someone who offers business IT consulting services instead of trying to tackle the network setup, data back up, virus removal and network security on your own.
Finding IT Consulting Services
Where do you start when you need IT help? Start by listing all of your business’s IT needs. For example, are you needing assistance with occasional computer troubleshooting, or do you require someone to configure a network in the cloud? If you know what kind of skill set your IT consultant will need, it will help you to narrow down your search.
Interview some potential candidates. The simplest way to find someone is by doing a basic internet search. Look for someone in your area that has the skills you need. Another way of finding great IT consulting services is to ask friends and other business owners you know for referrals.
4 Tips For Interviewing IT Consultants
After doing a bit of research and talking to a few people, you presumably found a few potential candidates. So now how do you choose? The person who charges the lowest rates is not always the best pick so be sure to base your decision on the answers to these few questions:
Does someone answer when you call?
When you call it’s because you want to talk to somebody. You’re usually calling because you need some kind of support and if no-one answers the phone or returns your call within a reasonable time frame, they probably won’t be there when you need them.
How much experience do they have?
When it comes to IT consulting services you want the person you hire to have at least some experience and that they are competent to get the job done. It is a good idea to ask if they have done previous work for a business similar to yours. Of course, every business is different, but if they have some insight into a similar industry, then that is a bonus.
Can they provide a reference?
Talking to current and former clients of the person offering you IT consulting services is always a good idea. That way you can get a better sense of their skills and experience. If a candidate can not provide any references for you to check then that may be a red flag, and you may want to proceed with caution.
Do they have IT insurance?
When forming a new business relationship, you should also consider all the things that could potentially go wrong. As much as people try their best, occasionally a deadline gets missed, mistakes get made, and sometimes people get injured. When finding the right fit, check that any arrangement is legally sound.
Whether your business is a bakery o a bike shop, Blue Sky IT offers the right kind of IT consulting services. Give us a call to find out more.