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Why You Should Hire an Independent IT Professional

Bringing an IT Pro into your company can significantly improve your IT infrastructure and potentially increase your productivity. When you hire someone without the knowledge base or experience, you could be putting your company at risk. Asking a non-IT pro to configure any device could lead to security breaches. Hiring an IT Professional for your small business is not always affordable, and in most cases, not even necessary.

When you bring in your brothers friend, he or she may not have had the years of experience or qualifications to be handling your company data. I have seen this happen again and again. For example, an inexperienced individual has configured a router and has left the encryption set on WEP (WEP is easily cracked and is considered out-dated.) A knowledgeable IT Pro would know this, and use a more secure encryption method. Another example: the customer representative at your local “big-box” computer store has recommended an external drive for backups. This is excellent advice and highly endorsed, but an experienced IT Pro would suggest a more comprehensive backup strategy.

You should also choose an IT Pro you can trust. This is your business data, and you need to feel comfortable with whoever is managing it. A skilled IT Pro will allow you to be confident when they are working with your systems. Asking for certifications will ensure your consultant has the proper training to be working on your systems. A dependable IT Pro will ensure your systems are setup correctly and securely. He or she will help you develop a plan for your technical requirements. In most cases, a full-time, or even a part-time, IT Pro is unaffordable. A trustworthy IT Pro will be part of your team when required. This can save you money, but also ensures you systems are well looked after. Your IT Pro is there to work with your team, and advise on the best strategies for your company right now, and for the future.

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