Category: Better Business

Ask an MSP Expert: How can we get more referrals—without asking?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can we get more referrals—without asking?

Q: We ask our customers for referrals on a yearly basis—usually after they renew their contracts. We’ve found this process to be very helpful in scaling our IT service business, but we’re looking to ramp up our outreach. What are...

/ October 2, 2017
Ask an MSP Expert: How should I ask SMB customers for referrals?

Ask an MSP Expert: How should I ask SMB customers for referrals?

Q: Our current customers seem happy, but we only get a handful of referrals every now and then. We’re looking to grow our IT service business, so we’d like to generate some more referrals. How can we ask our current...

/ September 25, 2017
Ask an MSP Expert: How can I drive more business growth?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can I drive more business growth?

Q: We are looking to grow our MSP business and expand our customer base. What are some ways we can drive additional business growth without hiring more staff? That’s a great question. Often businesses that want to grow believe the...

/ September 18, 2017
IT labor trends
How IT labor trends impact delivery of managed services

How IT labor trends impact delivery of managed services

The day after Labor Day in the U.S. seems like an appropriate moment for managed service providers to take stock of how IT labor trends and the cost of IT labor is impacting their business. A new U.S. Salary Report...

/ September 5, 2017
wasting time
Ask an MSP Expert: How can I tell if I’m wasting my time with a lead?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can I tell if I’m wasting my time with a lead?

  Q: At my MSP, we recently launched our first successful email campaign. We’ve gotten quite a few leads from it, and I’m excited to start reaching out to these new prospects. I want to make the most of this...

/ September 4, 2017
Ask an MSP Expert: What services should I offer in my basic bundle?

Ask an MSP Expert: What services should I offer in my basic bundle?

Q: We’re an established channel provider that specializes in break-fix services. However, we’re slowly taking steps to become a managed service provider. One area we’re looking for advice in is bundling services. What should we include in our basic offering?...

/ August 28, 2017
Managed services are the top growth-driver in the IT channel

Managed services are the top growth-driver in the IT channel

Managed services are taking hold at nearly every business operating in the IT channel—regardless of their initial business model—and signs are pointing to MSP success. In a recent survey of 201 North American channel partners conducted by the 2112 Group...

/ August 16, 2017
Ask an MSP Expert: How to convert break-fix customers to a managed services contract

Ask an MSP Expert: How to convert break-fix customers to a managed services contract

Q: Most of my customers are on a managed service contract, but I’m having trouble converting the remaining break-fix customers. To help our business be more efficient and profitable, we want to shift our focus to only providing managed services....

/ August 14, 2017 / 2 Comments
Ask an MSP Expert: What are some best practices for more efficient restores?

Ask an MSP Expert: What are some best practices for more efficient restores?

Q: We’re a VAR, and we’re moving to more of a managed service model. We started out slowly by adding a few managed services to our offering, and we recently added backup and recovery. Of course we hope we won’t...

/ August 7, 2017
The MSP’s Bookshelf: Managed Services in a Month

The MSP’s Bookshelf: Managed Services in a Month

Recently, Markets and Markets predicted that the managed services industry will be worth $242.45 billion by 2021—creating a tremendous opportunity for anyone in the channel. As the managed services market continues to grow, we’re starting to see more and more...

/ August 2, 2017 / 7 Comments