Small Business IT Guide

What is the Small Business IT Guide?

This series of Small Business IT guides is designed to assist new or growing businesses understand the many IT elements that come together to empower your business to achieve its potential.

According to official data, the UK saw a surge of entrepreneurial activity in 2022, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic and Brexit. The latest figures from Companies House show that 753,168 new companies were incorporated in the UK in the tax year ending March 2022. This represents an increase of 12.5% compared to the previous year and a record high since 2010. The Office for National Statistics estimated that there were 2.7 million private sector businesses in the UK at the start of 2022, employing 27.8 million people and generating £4.3 trillion in turnover.

We have decades of experience supporting businesses in the UK and the goal of the Small Business IT Guide is to impart some fundamental or essential information to help you feel empowered make the right choices for your business.

Small-Business-IT

Domain Names

Business Email

Internet

Phone Systems

Laptops

Files and Sharing

Websites

Backups

Cyber Security

Video Conferencing

Printers

What essential IT do I need for my new business?

If you are starting a new business, you might be wondering what kind of IT solutions you need to run it smoothly and efficiently. Depending on the nature and size of your business, your IT needs may vary, but there are some common elements that every business should consider. 

First, you need a reliable and secure internet connection. This is the backbone of your IT infrastructure, as it allows you to communicate with your customers, suppliers, partners, and employees, as well as access online services and applications.  You should also invest in a firewall and antivirus software to protect your network from cyberattacks and malware.

You need a website and a domain name. A website is your online presence and identity, where you can showcase your products or services, share your story and values, and attract new customers. A domain name is the address of your website, such as www.yourbusiness.com.

Third, you need an email service. Email is one of the most widely used forms of communication in the business world, and it is essential for sending and receiving messages, documents, invoices, newsletters, and more.

Cloud computing is the delivery of IT resources over the internet, such as software, storage, databases, servers, and more. Cloud services can help you save money on hardware and maintenance costs, as well as increase your flexibility and scalability. You should look for a cloud service provider that offers the features and functions that you need for your business, such as accounting software, customer relationship management (CRM) software, project management software, backup and recovery services, and more.

Phone calls are still an important way of communicating with your customers, suppliers, partners, and employees. You should look for a phone system that offers clear voice quality, low rates, voicemail, call forwarding, conference calling, and other features that suit your business needs. You should also consider using a voice over internet protocol (VoIP) phone system, which uses the internet to make and receive phone calls instead of traditional phone lines.

These are some of the IT essentials that you need for your new business. Of course, there may be other IT solutions that you need depending on your specific industry and situation. To discover more information please click the individual Small Business IT Guide links above.

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If you would like to talk to Atmosphere IT regarding any of the articles in this guide or need some assistance with your IT please contact us via one of the contact methods below or the contact form.

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