Looking to hire an IT consultant in Atlanta? These are 3 common misconceptions business owners have about consulting.
There is little doubt among small businesses today that technology is crucial to efficiently operating and growing a business. The problem for many business owners, however, is that they don’t have the time, resources, and/or knowledge to utilize modern technology to its full potential. In many cases, the best way to solve this issue is to invest in IT consulting in Atlanta. “But aren’t IT consultants expensive? And how will they know enough about my business to provide quality input?”These are just some of the common misconceptions about IT consulting. And, as we move through this article, we’re going to dive deeper into each of these misconceptions to show you how you may be missing out on a critical resource for your business.
#1 – “Experienced IT consultants are too expensive.”
This is easily the most common misconception when it comes to IT consulting in Atlanta. What many small businesses don’t realize, however, is that hiring in-house is often even more expensive. Even the salary of an entry level computer technician, with little skills or experience, will set you back between $30k-$60k per year. The other factor to consider here is the ROI that a proven IT consultant can bring to your business. While you may think that the quoted price range is “expensive” when you first see it, an experienced consultant could help cut costs, save time, and increase revenue in ways that ensure an ROI of 3x-10x the cost of ongoing consulting.
#2 – “A consultant will have no idea how I run my business.”
One of the most important things to realize about IT consulting in Atlanta is that most consultants have a treasure trove of experience before they ever get into consulting. In most cases, they’ve spent a decade plus operating as a tech manager at a large company or possibly even as a business owner just like yourself. This diverse experience gives them the ability to provide an outside perspective that’s given from a point of strength. They’ve been through trenches before and understand the challenges your business faces. With that experience, they can provide objective recommendations and a support network that can drastically improve your business.
#3 – “I can get support from software teams.”
Since it’s likely that your business utilizes several different types of software to run effectively, you may think that you can simply utilize their tech teams as IT consultants. There are two problems with this thought process. One, the recommendations you get from your software support team are not objective. They want you to use their software even if it isn’t the best option for your business. Two, you often have to pay significantly extra to get on-demand software support. And this support only relates to that specific software (and not the many other technology solutions you use).
Can Investing in IT Consulting in Atlanta Help Your Business?
At CMIT Solutions, we’ve served as an IT consultant for thousands of businesses throughout North America. And we’d love to do the same for you. All it takes is 30 minutes of your time for a free consultation to find out if our IT consulting services can help your business. No pushy sales. Just an owner-to-owner conversation to see if we’re a good fit. If you’re interested in setting up your consultation, simply fill out the short form on our website or call us directly and we’ll get you set up with a time/date as soon as possible.
We look forward to hearing from you!