If you’re like many small-business owners, you can’t afford to have a full-time IT person on staff, but you need help with IT problems and questions. Here’s how to find the perfect IT consultant for you.
For instance, do you need short-term help choosing and installing the right hardware for your business or setting up a network, or are you looking for ongoing assistance troubleshooting tech problems?
Other small-business owners and professionals such as attorneys, accountants, and bankers may have suggestions for good IT consultants with experience in small business. Keep your search local so you’ll end up with a consultant who can visit on-site when necessary.
Once you’ve gathered some names, ask every consultant you’re considering the following questions:
Once you’ve answered all these questions …
Also check with the Better Business Bureau and do an online search to uncover any negative feedback about the company. If the IT consultant will have access to your sensitive financial or customer information, it’s a good idea to conduct a background check in addition to checking references.
What kind of guarantee does the IT consultant offer? Does the company have professional liability insurance to protect your business if he or she makes a mistake that negatively affects you? Can you break the contract if the relationship isn’t working out?
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