03 Jan

3 Reasons to Invest in Managed Hosting Services

As technology is typically a part of your business that is “behind the scenes”, it can often be a bit neglected. Unfortunately, as a “Check Engine Light” in your car that is ignored or a slow leak in your ceiling that you keep putting off fixing, a neglected IT environment can lead to big problems for you and your business.

Like in those cases, if something goes wrong, it’s nice to have the experts on your side.

Even if you aren’t experiencing issues with your technology, it’s crucial to have a good handle on that aspect of your business. Need a demonstration of how crucial IT is to your company’s productivity? Switch off the wifi and see how long before panic ensues.

Technology can either be a crutch or a catapult to your growth.

Here are three big reasons to turn your IT from an afterthought to a strategic business advantage.

FLEXIBILITY

 

Your business is unique and has unique technology requirements. Don’t settle for an “out of the box” solution when you need an environment that will truly support and propel your business forward. At Softsys Hosting, we own all of our hardware from servers to network switches. This provides us total control over your infrastructure. In turn, we have the ability to build custom configurations that are perfectly suited to your needs.

There’s no longer a need to wonder whether a certain package will work for you and your business. We’ll make sure of it.

 

PEACE OF MIND

 

Is there anything worse than upgrading a software service, making a change to your website, or adding a user to your technology environment only to find out that your service has completely crashed? Of course not! That moment of panic can (luckily) be avoided with a program of consistent backups.

With our managed hosting services, we back up your entire service both weekly and daily to help ease the stress of a potential mistake.

Don’t realize your services are down right away? Accidentally deleted information that you realized you needed? We retain backups for the last 6-7 days so you have access to the data you need.

 

SUPPORT

 

Technology can seem overwhelming at times. It has the ability to make our lives and businesses much more effective but can also cause stress when it’s not functioning properly. That frustration is compounded when there isn’t a clear fix or someone to help get back on track.

Our in-house support team is available 24 hours a day to help solve your problems LIVE.

Service is our main focus and we pride ourselves on serving clients with speed and accuracy. We feature on average between 10-12 minutes response time to support tickets and work to make sure your experience is as seamless as possible.

We also monitor issues on your account for you and, in many cases, can fix problems before you even realize they are there. This keeps you focused and your business on track.

Don’t wait for your next technology emergency to reevaluate your IT systems. Invest in your company’s growth by devoting the time and resources necessary to support your critical systems with Softsys Hosting managed solutions.

03 Jan

5 Systems to Outsource and Scale Your Business in 2018

With the flip of the calendar comes a new year of opportunities. A new year of goals, revenue targets, and challenges. A new year of growth for business owners around the world. While goals and projections for 2018 have likely already been established, as people are getting back into their offices after the holidays, the question becomes HOW.

If you’re looking to grow your business in the new year, your approach will make all the difference in whether your growth is temporary or sustainable. For example, growth can come from additional work. Maybe you spent 30 hours per week working on your business in 2017 and plan to grow by dedicating an additional 15 hours in the coming year.

For many entrepreneurs, 30 hours of work pass within the first couple days of the week so working longer hours isn’t an option. In that case, it’s imperative to work smarter. Prioritize. Delegate. Outsource.

 

While outsourcing services and giving up control over certain systems can be intimidating initially, it frees you up to focus on your core business and revenue-generating activities.  

 

Our advice? Start small. Choose one aspect of your business to outsource and continue from there.

 

Here are 5 things we recommend outsourcing to enable you to grow in 2018:

 

IT Services: Unless IT is your core business, it’s time to bring in the experts. Moving your technology to a managed hosting environment will allow you to enhance your business and minimize distractions. IT is also a key component of your growth as it often needs to grow with your company so ensuring that you have the technology and service needed to keep your business running is crucial.

 

Accounting: Not only will this save you time, it may very well save you money. Hiring a professional to take care of your bookkeeping and tax preparation services is an investment that often pays for itself.

 

Payroll Services: This is another area where an outside professional can handle a task more effectively and efficiently than you are able to.

 

Legal Services: If you have growth plans for 2018, you may be looking to acquire a business, start a separate business, or otherwise change the structure of your company. While you likely can file your business paperwork yourself, ask yourself if the benefits and costs savings outweigh the risks. In this field, especially, hire a lawyer to look over your business legal needs and save yourself the potential headache.

 

Assistance: If you’re not ready to hire a full-time office assistant, look into virtual assistance to help with smaller tasks like data entry, research, or cold calling.

 

Not sure where to start? Consider the tasks that require a good bit of your time and are not a core competency of yours or your business’ and start researching outsourcing options.

Outsourcing parts of your business requires an investment of time on the front end, but will enable you to focus your energy on growing your company over the course of the year. Not to mention giving you peace of mind that your trusted partners are handling your business functions while you plan for the future.