There’s no magic bullet that ensures your managed services business will remain profitable. Far too many MSPs work much harder than required to support their clients, pay employees, and keep the lights on; all without generating an income that reflects all their sacrifices. If that doesn’t describe your situation, chances are you know other providers in this no-profit for work situation. However, with the right investments, attention to process improvement, and the right mix of services, your MSP can take on more business and drive higher profitability.
Considering adding an automated recurring billing system to your process? It’s the missing ingredient in many IT services businesses but can bring a lot of value by saving time and reducing errors. The tool is a must for MSPs, and even at a cursory glance, you’ll come across a variety of solutions that offer tasks, from generating invoices, accepting credit cards and ACH payments, as well as other essential tasks.
There are hundreds of online billing portals MSPs can use that claim to have recurring billing. However, if you look closely at the available options, one vital piece is missing: the automation, rendering the software’s purpose ineffective.
The future looks promising for MSPs. Because of innovations like accounts receivable automation that increase cash flow, robust solutions that provide competitive advantages, as well as increased demand for services, Opportunities are plentiful for IT services firms. The caveat for success is your business must have solid business development strategies in place and efficient sales and technology professionals on staff to capitalize on the managed service provider industry’s growth.
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Getting your clients to pay their managed services invoices on time sounds great, but that scenario is nearly impossible unless your company implements best practices to ensure it happens.
One of the most challenging parts of running a business is having the “money conversation” with clients. Whether employees spend their days on IT or the office side of operations (including sales and marketing), not many people enjoy making collection calls or following up on past due invoices.
Industry experts frequently emphasize the importance of staying in your lanes. In other words, they don’t believe organizations should deviate too far from their business models and core competencies since leaders can lose focus on the big picture.
IT services professionals work hard. Like many small business owners, you probably don’t clock out at 5:00 PM sharp Monday through Friday and relax all weekend. If you do, kudos for establishing a lifestyle-oriented business many MSPs aspire to and typically spend years developing through automation and a continual focus on process efficiency.
Networking is an undervalued resource. If you list the collective skills, knowledge, and work capacity of the IT professionals in your ecosystem, it just might blow your mind. Think of the things your company could do with that VIP-caliber team working behind the scenes.
“The learning curve” can be costly. Time is money, and the investments required to train employees and clients on new technologies and processes can quickly cut into your company’s profits. Of course, education and preparation can be considered a cost of doing business for IT services firms, and as long as people are performing the work, those activities should always be line-items in the budget.
Have you ever thought about what your organization would look like in 10 years? Will the same quality people be involved, or will your company rely on artificial intelligence and robots to perform manual tasks? On the payment side, will your clients pay in Bitcoin or some other form of cryptocurrency or digital payment?
As with every new year, I must express my gratitude to all our amazing partners. It is an honor to serve you and your businesses every day, and we hope to continue offering new services based on your feedback and requests.
The Meriam-Webster dictionary defines opportunity as “a favorable juncture of circumstances.” It’s the perfect description for many managed services providers (MSPs) as 2018 comes to a close with an exciting list of new prospects awaiting them in the new year.
Mergers and acquisitions has been a hot topic in the IT channel this year, especially in the minds of owners and shareholders considering the future of their businesses. Many of the published articles have been focused on the legal and technical concerns, but I wanted to discuss the strategy of selling your business to get the highest possible return.
There is a myth that service-based businesses do not experience the same pains of inconsistent cash flow that a project-based business will experience. In the perfect world, customers would pay you every single month and never be late. After all, you’re providing fantastic service, right?
How often does your MSP get asked if you provide hardware? It’s a massive cost for a small business to pay for the necessary tools they need to run their business. Whenever a company is shopping around for an MSP, they are going to ask if you can provide their business with hardware.
Everyone in life likes multiple options. We like multiple options when it comes to ordering our food and even the color of our vehicle. MSPs are the same; any MSP likes to choose from the best technology and tools that save money and offer the best value for their business.
Earning a client’s business is not easy, you have to work on building a relationship and overcome several barriers to earn trust. One of the best ways you can build trust is to show how much you care about your customer’s business and how you will handle their payments.