Top 3 IT infrastructure needs for small businesses

Whether you’re planning to start a new business—or already running one—know your basic IT needs, and how to solve for them

by The AT&T Business Editorial Team

Whenever I hear stories of successful small businesses, sometimes they don’t include all the steps, bumps, and wrong turns it took them to get started and start growing.

Fortunately, small business owners have a lot of How-To information they can find online. Things like business plans and goals, obtaining funding, and setting up a tax ID. 

However, these resources often neglect information on how to set up basic IT infrastructure.

Here are my top 3 basic infrastructure needs for small businesses—and tips for addressing them, with your capital expenses in mind. 

1. Webpage

You’re going to need an IT-as-a-Solution plan. You may not have the expertise yourself, but many online solutions have extensive tools and templates that can get you started quickly and economically with a webpage on a cloud server. No upfront capital investment is required, just an affordable monthly expense. Get it started and let someone else manage it while you do what you love to do.

2. Email Perceptions

Of course, it’s cheaper to use a free email service like Gmail or Hotmail, but if perception of professionalism is high on your business-model list, an email address reflecting your website should be considered as part of the package.

3. Backup plan

With so much on your To-Do list to get your new business up and running, you might not consider an IT backup plan. But IT issues are so much easier to deal with (especially when you’re not tech savvy) when you have a backup plan and a disaster recovery plan mapped upfront. Don’t wait until a disaster strikes to prepare. You can enlist a virtual IT department to support your desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, smart devices, IoT devices, and even devices that connect to a computer with a USB cord like digital cameras, scanners, and printers. Plus, they may be able to help you back up data and secure business files in the event of a data loss incident.