Obviously, the easiest advice we can give here is to hire Birmingham Consulting Inc. to be your IT consultant. But for people who want a second opinion, here are some common mistakes to avoid.
The IT industry has its fair share of unethical, incompetent, and inexperienced practitioners who survive only because most business owners aren’t technical. You may have heard horror stories from friends – or even have some of your own!
So how do you avoid the wrong IT consultant? I go over 13 common mistakes to avoid in my free ebook Business IT Support Made Easy, but here are some of them right here to whet your appetite:
Mistake: Choosing your next IT company based purely on price. We all know that you get what you pay for, and the same is true for IT. The last place you want to be cheap is when it comes to your IT security, data backups, and recovery of your data. But don’t automatically go with the highest price, either: spend time looking at qualified reviews and the answers to your questions, not just their price tag.
Mistake: Choosing your next IT company based solely on a referral. Of course, referrals are the lifeblood of any good IT firm, but different people have different needs for their businesses. A friend may really like one IT company, but that same company may be ill-equipped to fit your needs. Even if you’re working in the same industry!
Mistake: Hiring an IT company that doesn’t insist on doing a network assessment of some kind BEFORE they provide you a full proposal or recommend an action plan. Would you trust a doctor who sends you to surgery before sending you to an X-Ray? No! Beware of companies peddling out-of-the-box solutions.
If you want to learn more and read the other 10 common mistakes people make when choosing their next IT consultant, you can download out free ebook Business IT Support Made Easy from our website. Just scroll to the bottom of https://www.birmingham.ca/ to have it sent straight to your inbox.