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How to save time and money on IT start-up costs

Daunted by the cost and hassle of setting up your IT Infrastructure? Careful research and assessment of your requirements can help remove some of the headache

How much will a business spend on IT?

Many people can be put off from starting their own business by the initial upfront cost, along with the time and effort needed to research and source their equipment, software and services.

Baffled by the dizzying array of hardware i.e. computers, printers etc…, not to mention the telephone and internet providers available, it all makes for a very daunting task. Only to discover you still need to register a domain name, purchase hosting and get a website set up. And on top of that there’s email to think about and choosing the right office software.

According to the Lloyds Banking Group, a small business will spend £2,440 on their IT start-up costs, with additional monthly charges for phone and broadband. Leasing your business equipment is another option to keep initial costs down, but you can only really do this with computers and laptops.

Once you have obtained your equipment, you still have to configure it. In a recent survey the majority of businesses said that they prefer to have a regular monthly outlay for things like fleet, equipment and utilities, as there are no nasty surprise expenditures.

How long does it take to set up small business IT support?

Typically, small businesses tend to spend 40-50 long hours implementing any business technologies. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone came along and took all the worry and hassle away from you?

Have all your equipment delivered pre-configured and ready to go, along with a simple web presence and some advice on the best way to market your business. This would free up any would be entrepreneurs’ valuable time, and we all know time costs money, to concentrate on the other aspects of setting up a business.

The steps to save money on your IT solution

There are many companies providing hardware, software and services, a lot of which present special offers and bundles.

The following steps could make the difference between a cheap and nasty deal or a product that offers value for money.

  • Step 1 – work out exactly what you are looking for and what you need for your business
  • Step 2 – shop around and look for bundles that can be tailored to your requirements
  • Step 3 – look for well-known and brand name products within these bundles
  • Step 4 – make sure the bundles are offering a good deal (remember the cheapest deal isn’t always the best deal)
  • Step 5 – speak to the providers before buying, you never know they might be able to do a better deal over the phone, don’t just buy online

Following these steps could make the difference between buying something you don’t need or getting a deal that is best for your business.

Bob Dabrowski of ACME BSC Ltd has been working in the IT industry for many years and understands the problems facing new companies in their struggles to find an all in one solution that could meet a new companies business technology needs.

He stated: “We realised, that if we bundled everything we offered together, along with remote support and advice on marketing, it could give new start-ups a fighting chance to make their business dream come true without the initial cost usually involved.”

ACME BSC's Business in a Bundle offering provides a range of business technology solutions for small businesses – including ICT, cloud, and CCTV services – in one customisable package.

Henry Williams
Henry Williams

Henry has been writing for since 2015, covering everything from business finance and web builders to tax and red tape. He’s also contributed to many of our industry-renowned annual indexes, including Startups 100 and Young Guns, and created a number of the site’s popular how to guides. Before joining the team, he reviewed films for a culture website, and still harbours ambitions of being a screenwriter.