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Information technology plays a key role in the operation of many businesses today. Using resources such as computers and the internet is no longer optional – it is the reality of doing business in the modern world. Customers and clients expect to be able to connect with businesses using the latest technologies. The problem is that many business owners do not have the time to stay on top of the latest tech developments, so they end up losing out. This is why it can be so important to get help from a company like Clough & Company, as we offer a range of IT services.
The most common tech mistakes made by businesses include those listed below.
Using Outdated Software and Hardware
The reality is that at the most, hardware and software is going to be out of date within four years. The technology is changing fast, and it is easy to fall behind. If businesses are using technology that is out of date, it can mean that they have problems interconnecting with the new technology. It can also mean that they are missing out on many new opportunities.
Not Having Sufficient IT Support
The most common mistake that businesses make is that they have insufficient IT support. A small company will not usually have the resources to create their own IT department, meaning that they are losing out. The way around this problem is to use the IT services offered by a company like Clough & Company as this provides some of the benefits of having an IT department without actually having to have an IT department.
Lack of Proper Training
You can have the best IT hardware and software in the world, but it may be practically worthless to you unless your staff members are trained to use it. It is a real shame but there are many businesses that only get the bare minimum out of software because the people using it have not been properly trained. This is a waste of money and not something that most companies can really afford to be doing. It is up to managers to ensure that their team are able to get the most out of the IT resources by providing them with proper training.
No Backup Policy
One of the costliest mistakes a business can make when it comes to data held on computer is that they have no backup policy. This means that should anything happen to their hard drives, all the data on these will be lost. It also means that a simple mistake by an employee could mean that data is deleted forever. It is vital that every business has some type of backup policy in place for their data so that there will always be a backup copy to use should the worst happen.
The System is Vulnerable to Malware
Malicious software (malware) is a real problem for anyone using computers, and so are things like viruses and Trojans. It might not be enough to just install anti-virus software on your computer; it can take professional help to stay safe.If you have any IT concerns related to your business, please contact us here at Clough & Company. We offer a range of services to businesses anywhere in Leeds, Bradford, Keighley, and Yorkshire.
As a business owner first starting out, the future is something that is very much on your mind. Plans are made on how to establish the company going forward, and how to expand once your brand has gained a healthy reputation in your chosen industry. One aspect of the future that is never considered in the early days of business though, is the end – the day when it’s time to place the company into new hands. When that time does come, it is important to ensure that you have an appropriate exit plan in place and this is something Clough accountants in Yorkshire can help with.
After having worked hard to build your business, you naturally want to see it left in safe hands when you retire. However, you will also need to make sure that you are rewarded for the many years spent getting the company to where it is today; this will mean minimising tax liabilities and maximising the financial gain. Exit planning will ensure this is the case, and our accountants in Yorkshire will also work with you to limit the disruption of changing ownership, making the whole process smooth and stress-free.
There will come a time for every business owner to wind down and it is at this point when you will need to ask yourself whether it’s time to sell or hand over the reins of the company to family members. If you are the owner of a small or family business, there are more specific questions that you will need to ask yourself when planning an exit.
When exiting a business, the natural thing to do is place the company in the hands of family members; however, you will need to ask yourself if this is the best option. Does your intended successor really want to run a business? Is your exit plan going to alienate other family members? Is your plan fair to all? Do the intended successors have what it takes to run the company successfully?
Exit planning will help you answer these questions and give you the peace of mind that you are doing the right thing, for you and your business.Statistics show that over 60,000 small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK close every year due to lack of new ownership. Do not let the same happen to you. Contact Clough & Company chartered accountants in Yorkshire to start planning your exit strategy.