While you can use your cousin's girlfriend's dog-trainer's little sister--or even hire a remote professional on a per-problem basis--if you plan on expanding your business at all, it may be a good idea to hire a part-time or full-time professional. Not only will you be able to build a better relationship with an in-house IT pro, but you'll also be able to expand technologically and upgrade your company seamlessly.
14. Skipping the Training Session
It may seem like I'm stating the obvious, but technology is useless unless you know how to use it. Purchasing an expensive new printer or desktop will only be a waste of money if you and your business don't know how to use it to its full potential.
Employee training is especially important if you don't employ full-time IT support, because your workers will be on their own if something goes wrong. This doesn't necessarily mean you need to bring in an external trainer--though the investment might be worth it. Just make tech training a priority and ensure that everyone learns the fine points within the instruction manual.
15. Using Pirated Software
Purchasing software and the associated licenses for your small business can be daunting. It's often expensive, and it's easy to obtain applications instead through less-than-savory venues. That said, using pirated software can score you a hefty fine from the Business Software Alliance watchdog group.
However, this doesn't mean you have to overpay for software. Instead, check out alternative options, such as using free software, buying unused licenses, or paying monthly for services. Also consider purchasing used software, but make sure you know the intricacies of software licensing agreements.