So this is my last post of 2007. You may find this hard to believe but what is on my heart most as I look at the white board full of 2008 changes and ideas for Tech Care Team is not our new workflow process or new pricing structure or even the overwhelming addition of a aggressive marketing plan to our business model. No, it is you. Really. If you are running a small IT shop with a dream of helping small businesses succeed by managing their IT needs than I am talking to you.
You see, that is how and why I started Tech Care Team a short 7 years ago. I have an inner desire to see small businesses in America grow and and succeed and the only way I know how to help those hard working entrepreneurs is by helping make the geeky stuff work. Sound familiar? it is both a gift and a passion. I guess I’m both a techie and a patriot.
The reason I lead the 270 member Charlotte SBS Group is to help even more small businesses succeed by helping the IT companies that serve them.
The reason I help Microsoft as and SBSC PAL and sit on the US SBSC advisory team? You guessed it. To help even more of you to help your customers.
I’m not trying to sound like Mother Teresa here (trust me, I have my issues), I’m actually trying to make a point. I see so many small IT shops that think their knowledge of technology is enough to run an IT practice off of that it really concerns me. I see you in my SBS group meetings, I see you in the SBS Migration Chat room and read your postings on the blogs and news groups. I want to see you make it as a successful business but I’ve some serious doubts about many of you. Why? As Vlad wrote yesterday, “What tends to get lost in the conversation among the many “Turn MSP Today!” pitches is that you actually have to have some business sense to advise a business on their technology spending…”.
Its not that you don’t have the resources and help available, it is that you choose not to use them. Seriously! Recently I’ve heard some say that they have not chosen a managed services platform or a PSA like Autotask or Connect+Wise or even adopted a recurring revenue business model because they are running a “lifestyle business”. What a load of crap that is! I dare say they are not running a business but instead are working in a job or running a hobby at best. If I asked those same people if they would like to make twice as much money next year by working smarter and not harder they would ALL say “yes” - but they fail to realize that that is exactly the difference between running a business and running a hobby.
I’m not going to preach any further on this topic but I will provide a few links for those of you that feel this blog is about you. Have a great and prosperous 2008!
Become a Small Business Specialist (keep watching this blog and you will know why this one in on the top of the list)
E-Myth - Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It (DO NOT go another week running a business if you have not read this)
HTG Online Peer Groups (You are crazy if you don’t join one of these!)
SMB Summit - A MUST ATTEND EVENT if this blog was about you.
Mobilize SMB - Ready to grow? Forget subcontractors, register today.
Great Little Book Publishing - Click and see