With self employment levels rising over the past year, and small businesses popping up left, right and centre, we wanted to explore some of the ways in which you can leverage technology to keep outlays on IT services to a minimum. Starting your business can be costly enough, with investment into the essentials it takes to run your business efficiently often taking up large proportions of any initial budget. The last thing that’s needed at this stage is expensive IT support, infrastructure and maintenance costs.
Using a hosted desktop service can be a perfect way to keep your initial business setup costs down whilst you concentrate on kickstarting your company. At the same time as getting your plans off the ground, you can benefit from some surprisingly high performance systems at relatively low costs. Here’s some of the benefits of using a hosted desktop service as opposed to going for an all-out IT system installation with costly hardware and upkeep costs:
- Low Costs and No Initial Investment
As hosted desktop services tend to come as an all-inclusive package, they’re often a ‘one stop shop’ for everything you need IT-wise. More often than not, providers of these services won’t require you to pay an initial set up cost, as with most IT services. This is because everything you need for a hosted desktop is actually available already and all you need is an internet connection – no fancy hardware or high spec systems needed. They also come with many everyday applications that you will need to run your business at no additional cost, although this will vary between providers.
- Support And Maintenance Are Included
When you start setting up your IT systems, the cost of support and maintenance is usually something you have to consider and factor in. With a hosted desktop service, you needn’t worry! The service comes with support and maintenance included in the overall cost. You also don’t have to worry about software updates, application updates or back ups of your data either, as they are all done for you. What’s more, some providers, such as Manchester-based Synextra, even offer 24 hour support, so if you have a deadline to work to then there’s always someone there to help.
- Quick, Easy
Not only do hosted desktops provide an all in one service at a low cost, they’re also incredibly easy to setup. As everything you need is cloud-based, deployment and installation take no time at all. The majority of companies have engineers on hand to get the set up done for you, and you’re ready to get to work as soon as they’re done. Lead time can be as quick as same-day deployment depending on when you order.
You also have full flexibility, as the service is scalable as your business grows, unlike some hardline IT systems that require additional items as you add staff, clients or services. The flexibility means you don’t have to worry about any additional expense as your business expands.
- Access From Anywhere
As with all cloud-based services, all you need is an internet connection to access everything you need to run your business. Need to check your emails when on holiday? Not a problem. Need to put together a last minute proposal on the train? Go ahead. With a hosted desktop, you can be anywhere in the world and have access to your business essentials and know they’re all there for you to get hold of with no fuss or issues.
Hosted Desktop services offer a wealth of benefits to businesses in general, but especially when you’re small or staring out. Given the ream of positives, any small or startup businesses should at least take a look into how they could benefit from using these services. Often it’s all too easy to go with what you know, which is usually a full blown IT system, but it’s not the only option available, and often it isn’t the best for your business.