Scaling up your small business? Scale up your IT, too

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By Henry Brown

Being in a position to grow your business is a sign that things are moving forward in a positive direction. This is the point where you’ll be thinking about taking on new employees, new office space and even outsourcing some of your functions to help you meet growing demand and perhaps provide new products and services too.

But as your company grows, you also need to think about scaling your IT services too. Having IT that serves your business and helps it succeed is a must for modern business, and it should be a priority as you expand.

Here are some of the IT factors you need to consider when scaling up your business.

Upgrade your equipment

When you first set up a business, IT can be one of the things that you cut back on to help save on those initial costs. As things improve, however, you’ll want to think about investing in new equipment and software. Consider the needs of your employees, in addition to the needs of your business, to ensure you have the right tools to do the job.

Put protection in place

As your business grows, so does its risks. Today, businesses have to deal with increased cybersecurity and data threats that put businesses and their customers at risk. You’ll need to ensure you have an IT security plan that provides protection and gives you confidence that your data is safe.

In addition to these threats, there are also more practical elements to consider. What would happen if your equipment became damaged, or you were faced with a significant outage? IT continuity planning is a must. By developing an IT continuity plan, you’ll be able to put processes in place to cover a number of events and ensure your business is able to continue its operations. This is a step that many businesses neglect, causing problems when faced with an issue that brings things to a stop.

Provide training to your employees

Training is important to help your employees become more knowledgeable about IT threats and how they can avoid them. Cybersecurity awareness training is essential for businesses, especially considering that many attacks occur as a result of human error. Your employees will feel more confident after receiving training, and it’s important that this is refreshed regularly to help keep up to date with the latest threats.

You will also want to consider employee training needs for different applications and systems, helping them to enhance their skills and knowledge as your business grows.

You have many mistakes to avoid as you expand your business, and a lack of plan for your IT is one of them. Make sure you include an IT strategy in your expansion plans that will help enhance and protect your business to help with successful growth. Investing in your technology can help improve business processes and even streamline your business, freeing up time to focus on further expansion and the future of your business.


Henry Brown is an online marketing executive. When he isn’t talking shop, he’s roaming the streets of London, uncovering the extra-ordinary in the ordinary.

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