Much of the appeal of a lean startup is that you’re able to move more quickly, get into the market faster, and learn as you go. There are some instances, however, when you want to take your time to avoid costly errors.
One of these instances is when you are choosing an IT solution for your company. Your IT strategy can make or break your startup, as well as your budget if you make the wrong choices. Here, then, are five ways you, as an entrepreneur, can reduce your IT provisioning costs.
- Don’t create IT to scale if you’re on a budget.
Implement IT systems to solve the issues you currently have, then scale accordingly; otherwise, you could end up spending lots of money on a scalable solution that you may not even need if and when your requirements change.
- Take your time hiring an IT staff.
Start out with consultants and/or freelancers first to get a sense of your needs and their skills. Then, once you’ve worked out the details with that temporary staff over time, you can convert them to full-time positions.
- Beware of IT trends.
Rather than investing in the IT “trend of the day,” or working with “resume-padders” who are simply chasing new technology, consult with seasoned IT professionals who will steer you in the right direction for the long term.
- Consider open-source or “freemium” solutions.
Before you open your checkbook for an expensive license, try the lower-cost or free versions of software until you determine what solutions you will need.
- Don’t go it alone.
You don’t have to figure it all out by yourself when there are advisors who specialize in finding and implementing the best solutions. The right advisor should charge a reasonable fee while helping you achieve savings in your IT budget.
Luckily, we are here to be that advisor for you. If you need assistance choosing the right IT solutions for your lean startup, get in touch with us. We’ll help you navigate through the many options and alternatives so you can focus less on IT costs and more on getting into the market quickly.