You’re planning your new business, have you budgeted correctly?
Technology is an overlooked aspect of most start-up budgets. You might think all you need is a laptop and a website, but there is much more you need when starting or growing any business. Follow our start-up business IT checklist to make sure you have budgeted correctly.
- Outline of why you need IT, what it’s for and how it will be used.
- You know what sort of technology you need to have, what it needs to be compatible with, and might need in the future.
- Don’t buy what another company wants to sell you.
- You have an IT budget for the next 12 months to replace and maintain out-of-warranty equipment.
- Managing your data safely and everybody working in your business treat the data with appropriate respect.
- IT Projects are outlined on how they are going to be achieved, when and what needs to be delivered.
- Make sure the equipment you buy is suitable for your business and a business network environment.
- Customising software can be expensive, asking a professional might help you find an “out-of-the-box” option, this can save you money, and won’t become outdated as quickly.
- Subscription software is appropriately downloaded and kept up-to-date.
- Tasking at least one person for downloading, assessing and deploying security patches for computers, servers and mobile devices.
- Put processes in place to ensure security patches are being deployed appropriately.
- You have anti-virus software that is up to date and runs regular scans.
- Your anti-virus program addresses viruses, Trojans, spyware, key-logging software and warns against suspect web pages.
- Your users know to be vigilant for phishing emails that may contain malware.
- Allocating responsibility to a staff member to keep a list of what software and licences are currently being used and where that software is located.
- Complying with and understanding software licence agreements and protecting your business’s assets.
- Regularly reviewing your IT for out-of-warranty equipment and replace if such technology is required for business.
- When staff expectations of IT services are not met, the staff know they have someone to who they can raise the issue.
- You have a plan in place for how to get your business up and running again.
- You can quickly and easily change online passwords when employees depart.
- You can remotely disable or wipe mobile devices that are company property.
- Your wireless network is secured with encrypted security channels rather than an open Wi-Fi connection.
- You have consulted with a professional to ensure your operating system are network is secure
- Establishing a relationship with a specialist who is familiar with your business needs and how your network is set up.
- Your business has rules so people can see the data they need for their job.
- Cloud services like Dropbox, iCloud and Google Drive come with risks.
- Do not use USB or external hard drives from an unfamiliar source without the device being scanned on a known secure machine that is disconnected from a vital network.
- Be vigilant of information shared on social media. Personal information may be used to “social engineer” access to company data.
- Backups disks are routinely keep stored off-site in a secure location.
- Critical business data is not stored on an easily lost USB stick.
- You have backup processes that provide off-line, reliable and disconnected backups.
- Regular reviews of backup logs for any issues
- Regularly test that you can restore data from backups.
- Consider a cloud equivalent to your existing server if it would be more suitable for your business.
- Establishing a relationship with a professional in the field, who is familiar with your business and can be available on short notice to set up or fix a server issue.
For any help or consultation, please contact Next Digital today. We can help with vendor coordination, installation or even full-service cloud-based systems. Our personalized IT solutions fit your business, from a small start-up to a large enterprise, Next Digital scales with your business needs.