It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in; time is money. That’s why when it comes to technology issues like IT downtime, as a business owner you want to prevent, prevent, prevent. Tech downtime costs business owners money. Just think about a time when you stopped to grab fast food only to be told the credit card machine was down… yep, happens all the time.

You may think this type of issues only affects big business but to the contrary. I recently attended a conference and I stopped by a vendor booth. The set up was nice and I wanted the products… but she was having server issues with the payment processor on her website and I wasn’t able to make the purchase. Guess what? She just lost money. Add that to the fact that she likely paid for vendor booth rental and you’ll see how it starts to add up.

For every hour that an IT system is down, a loss is made – the amount of the loss depends on the size of the business as the larger the company, the more money is lost.

Now you can see how even for smaller businesses, downtime can be costly. That’s why, regardless of the size of your business, it is important that you minimize tech downtime. Honestly, running a successful business is not an easy task. This makes it even more crucial to do everything you can to be successful, and minimizing tech issues should definitely be on the list.

3 Ways to reduce tech issues and keep your business running smoothly

Server backups

If you run an e-commerce store or blog, you are constantly posting new content, media, and files to your website. But what happens if the server that hosts all your important data crashes? What happens if you lose all of your content or product images and descriptions… and you have no backup?

When a server goes down, it can cause all sorts of problems, including the loss of important data. That’s why it’s so important to keep server backups so that if a server goes down and the information is not recoverable, you have a recent backup to restore the server to. This will help to reduce downtime and will ensure that things are back up and running as soon as possible.

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IT support

Your business may not be large enough to require a full-time, on-site IT team, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need IT support. In fact, the smaller the business, the more vital having adequate IT support is. This is because smaller businesses are twice as likely to be run virtually. So when it does happen, the effect can be more detrimental.

The good news is when you use computer consulting and networking support services from specialist companies, you can reduce the effect downtime will have on your business. You’ll not only be taking the steps to prevent downtime, but you’ll also minimize it.

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Device updates

Want to ensure that your devices continue to run smoothly? Then it’s crucial that you update them regularly. Believe it or not, updates are there for a reason and should be taken advantage of. By installing updates on devices and systems, you help to make sure that they run more efficiently. With apps and programs updating regularly, you want your devices to be able to handle all of the changes.

*this is a contributor written post