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Ask an MSP Expert is a weekly advice column answering common questions from MSPs and IT service providers. It covers topics ranging from pricing and selling to marketing and communications—and everything in between.

Ask an MSP Expert: What do I need to teach my customers to keep them safe from ransomware?

Ask an MSP Expert: What do I need to teach my customers to keep them safe from ransomware?

Q: Recently, one of my customers was hit with ransomware and ended up needing to pay a hefty ransom. I’ve tried to warn some of my customers about cyber threats in the past, but I can’t seem to get through....

/ August 20, 2018
Ask an MSP Expert: How do I know when I should make the transition to MSP?

Ask an MSP Expert: How do I know when I should make the transition to MSP?

Q: I keep hearing that the industry is moving toward a managed services model. I’m not convinced I should take the leap. How do I know when I’m ready to make the transition to become a managed services provider? What...

/ August 13, 2018
Ask an MSP Expert: How can I overcome SMBs’ security fatigue?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can I overcome SMBs’ security fatigue?

Q: When it comes to security, I feel like our SMB customers just want to tune us out! How can I communicate with customers who are tired of hearing about security? As an IT service provider, one of the most...

/ July 30, 2018
Ask an MSP Expert: How can direct mail help move my MSP business forward?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can direct mail help move my MSP business forward?

Q: As a growing MSP, we’re constantly looking for new ways to appeal to our prospects, and we’re ready to try something different. We were thinking about trying direct mail, but I’m not sure how we should go about it....

/ July 23, 2018
Ask an Expert: How can I achieve a better work-life balance?

Ask an Expert: How can I achieve a better work-life balance?

Q: At our MSP, it seems like it’s always go, go, go! Often, I feel like I don’t have much of a life outside of my business. In this industry, can work-life balance be a reality, or is it just...

/ July 16, 2018
Ask an MSP Expert: How can I price managed services appropriately?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can I price managed services appropriately?

Q: At the moment, we’re using pricing tiers at my MSP to standardize our services and make it easier to price out new clients. While this seems to help sales go more smoothly, we’re second guessing ourselves when it comes...

/ July 9, 2018
cyber insurance
Ask an MSP Expert: Why does my MSP need a Cyber Liability Insurance policy?

Ask an MSP Expert: Why does my MSP need a Cyber Liability Insurance policy?

Q: My MSP business is growing, and I’m concerned about staying properly insured. I carry the required insurance on our service vans, and I have a general liability policy that a long-time family friend who is also an insurance salesman...

/ July 2, 2018 / 1 Comment
Ask an MSP Expert: How can I explain price increases to my customers?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can I explain price increases to my customers?

Q: We added managed services to our IT offerings within the past five years. While we have a lot of happy customers, it seems like our margins are getting lower and lower. To truly provide our customers with the level...

/ June 25, 2018
MSP finances
Ask an MSP Expert: How can I get better control of my MSP finances?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can I get better control of my MSP finances?

Q:   I’m great at the technical side of the MSP business, and people seem to like our work. In fact, we’ve never been busier. But somehow that’s not showing up in my bottom line. I know that as the owner,...

/ June 18, 2018
Ask an MSP Expert: How to overcome common MSP hurdles

Ask an MSP Expert: How to overcome common MSP hurdles

Q:  As a newer MSP business, we find ourselves running into new challenges all the time. What are some common challenges other MSPs are running into—and how can we avoid those issues moving forward? Often, the largest challenge we see...

/ June 11, 2018