Something that a lot of small business owners get into the mindset of is: ‘that isn’t for us.’ This includes applying for big funding, competitions, awards, training programs, and so much more. And Unfortunately, while that mindset is often a safe mode, it can be restrictive too. 

There are many opportunities, systems, partner companies, devices, and software that can make a significant impact on small businesses. One of those things that are often overlooked is IT services from a managed service provider

The world in which we currently do business is heavily online based — and it is that same world that both your clients and cyber criminals are in too. 

Often the words ‘managed IT’ make smaller businesses think about huge offices and complicated structures. But in reality, it is a small dedicated team who takes the workload of your IT — so that you don’t have to think about it. 

The benefits to small businesses are many. Here are a couple worth considering. 

The Edge

Doing well in business is about having a great product but also being competitive. A huge amount of SMEs now use managed IT. In fact, it is believed to be around 70 per cent. With improved business functions, less internal staff, and the ability to have more complex projects, it gives you an edge.

Less Risk 

Hiring the wrong person for the job is already a risky move, but hiring someone who needs to perform a specific special function is an even bigger issue. Or, say that your business grows too quickly and your small IT team can’t keep up. Disaster.

With an MSP, you get a plan, scalability, and all the support you need to make sure you can cope.

There is significantly less risk and less worry for you as a business owner.


In a bid to save money, one of the first places you need to look at is how to save time. Because we all know that time is money, and where you spend your time matters.

If you or some of your team are taking on IT responsibility, but your experience and expertise lie elsewhere, it is going to take you a lot longer to complete any given task. When you outsource it to an MSP, you save time.

And in the world of small business (and freelancing), any time saved makes for a healthier work-life balance.

In general, the time saved isn’t just yours. The impact will be felt by customers and clients, too, because your process will be more efficient. A win for everyone.


Small businesses are at a higher risk than ever before of having their data stolen or destroyed. And part of the reason for that is that their security isn’t as good as it should be — and in many cases, it is non-existent.

You can add a security option to have your systems monitored 24/7 or come up with another construction that works for you.

In the end, an MSP can make a significant and positive impact on small businesses.