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Running a Business?  Seek Advice Before You Make Website, Email and Server Decisions

Running a Business

There is no doubt that running your own business is a very exciting and challenging.

Running a business usually involves seeking advice in a number of areas.  Quite often, people are in such a hurry that they don’t seek the right advice.  For example if you don’t speak with an accountant, you may end up paying too much tax or be involved in an investigation from the HMRC if you are not keeping the right books and records.  If you don’t seek the help of a lawyer, you may end up signing agreements with suppliers and business partners that won’t stand up should you need to pursue issues.

Seek Advice Before You Make Website, Email and Server Decisions

Technology decisions are equally important.  It’s very easy to logon to the internet and start searching, only to be quickly bewildered by an array of advice, products and services that claim to solve all of your problems.  Some services may also be free, or costs pence per month.  You are just starting a new business; you want to save money, should you click?  You can always fix things later?

This is the point that you should seek advice from a company that can listen to what you are trying to achieve with your business and advise you on two or three options that are explained in simple terms and allow you to make a clear distinction between the options.

Some common terms you may come across when searching for your own solution are:

  • Email – Gmail, Hotmail, AOL, Exchange, Hosted Exchange, Spam Filtering, Cloud
  • Files – Backup, Server, Hosted file server, Cloud, Backups, Sharing, Data safe, Data store
  • Websites – Domains, Website building tools, WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Free, Easy, DNS, Hosting, Design, Templates
  • Telephones – PBX, VoIP, Handset, Headset, Mobile, 3G
  • Other systems required to run your business – Sage, Invoicing, Mamut, CRM, Zoho CRM, Salesforce, ACT, Microsoft Dynamics, hosted, cloud, Google apps
  • Computers – Desktops, Laptops, Windows XP, Windows 7, Mac, Linux, iPad, Notebook, Netbook, Hosted desktop, Remote desktop, Cloud
  • Remote access – VPN, Logmein, Cloud, Hosted, Remote desktop, iphone, ipad, blackberry, BES, security
The list is quite bewildering.  Unless you are a technology expert, it’s very difficult to know what you should do and what the right choices are for your business.

You will probably need different solutions at each stage of your business growth.  Starting with the right technology choice will not only take away the worry of not quite knowing which technology to choose, it will help your business grow from day 1.  Additionally, if you choose the right step from day 1, when your business grows, you will be able to build on good foundations.

Making the right choice at the start by seeking advice is in almost all cases easier than trying to make the decision yourself and then having to go back and fix later.  It will also save you money and give you the peace of mind that you have made the right choice for your new business and that you have advice on hand when you want to grow your business or move in to other areas.