There are a lot of areas in which self-employed individuals and small business owners simply don’t have the same advantages and benefits as medium to large size companies. One of these areas is having a dedicated I.T. department that provides computer and software support as required.
Today, most people rely on their computers and for some, they are an integral part of their business, so it’s important to form a close relationship to those that can provide this service to you.
It’s always a good idea to plan ahead and make sure that you’re covered in case of a computer failure or other disaster. Make a connection with your local computer store owner and ask about the services they offer. Of course, it’s always a must to have backups of all your critical data, but when disaster strikes, it’s comforting to know that there is a place you can go to get it fixed in a hurry.
In addition to providing services for when your computer fails, many of the local computer shops also build their own systems, and these are usually of higher quality and better price than those that you would normally purchase at one of the large electronics stores.
Hubert Yu, owner of TechWave Computers near Yonge and Lawrence, has been in business at the same location for more than 14 years. Formerly a top engineer in China, Hubert has enjoyed a lot of success since starting up his business here in Canada, and describes his philosophy on building high end computer systems:
“You can get much better value if you buy from a smaller shop. The components are of a much higher quality than box stores and you get a much better deal overall. Not only that, but you get a warranty and prompt customer support. If something goes wrong, we don’t send our computers out, we do it right here on site and pass the saving on to our customer”
Regardless of what operating system or hardware you use, you must be prepared with a backup plan, and touching base with a computer professional you feel you can trust is extremely important. If you don’t know of any in your area, then reach out to people in your network and get someone through a referral, and it’s always good to have that someone ready and available before the incident occurs – and you know it will happen eventually when you least expect it, and when you least can afford to have that down time!
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