As a business owner, you probably set goals for 2023. You have probably considered how many new clients you want to add, how many new employees you hope to hire, and what you want your bottom line to look like. But have you considered your IT goals for the new year? IT can be an unwieldy beast for a small business, but if you plan ahead IT can help you stay organized, run more efficiently, and even improve your bottom line.
In this article, we will share some goals we find to be helpful for small businesses.
Some Small Business IT Goals For 2023 Include:
- Establishing an IT budget
- Implementing or upgrading security measures
- Evaluating and improving your current infrastructure
- Planning for data growth
- Improving efficiency with automation
Establishing An IT Budget
Establishing an IT budget will help you ensure that you are spending money on the right things and help you avoid any nasty surprises. When considering your budget for 2023, don’t forget to factor in things like hardware and software upgrades, cloud services, and cybersecurity.
- How will these numbers increase per new employee?
- How will they increase per new client?
- Who will be responsible for sticking to the budget throughout the year?
Implementing Or Upgrading Security Measures
Implementing or upgrading security measures is vital in today’s climate – data breaches can be hugely damaging to a small business.
- What will you need to do to protect your data?
- Do you know what data you are protecting?
- Does the data you protect only belong to you or might a data breach in your business put your clients at risk as well?
- What will new security measures cost?
- Will you or someone on your team be heading up the process?
- Will you hire someone outside of your organization?
Asking the right questions is a great start in creating strong security measures. But it’s just a start. You may need guidance on protecting your business. Make sure you are working with the right team to do that.
Evaluating And Improving Your Current Infrastructure
Evaluating and improving your current infrastructure will help you identify areas where you can make changes to improve efficiency. As a small business owner, efficiency is almost always top of mind.
- What can you change within your current system to make your workflows more efficient?
- Can your IT company help you implement these changes or can they advise you on hiring the best team to do so?
Again, improving your current infrastructure starts with understanding where you are starting and where you hope to go.
Planning For Data Growth
Planning for data growth will help you avoid running into storage problems down the line. Increasing your storage limits is not always easy. Planning ahead can help you avoid overspending when the time comes.
- Have you considered how your data might grow in 2023?
- Have you discussed it with your IT team?
Improving Efficiency With Automation
Improving efficiency with automation can save your small business time and money – for example, by automating repetitive tasks or using data analytics to make better decisions. Some of the things you should consider when improving efficiency with automation are:
- What tasks can be automated?
- How will this affect your current workforce?
- Do you have the right tools and talent in place to make automation possible?
Automation doesn’t have to be all or nothing. You can start small, with just a few tasks, and then scale up as you become more comfortable with the process.