If your MSP business is a one-man shop, there are a variety of challenges you face that larger MSPs don’t have to overcome. For example, you probably run into some different objections when pitching yourself and your services to prospects, than you would if you were a larger business. One that may come up frequently when you’re a one-man MSP is employee headcount.
Here’s the thing: When a prospect asks you about your employee headcount, don’t avoid the question. Answer it honestly. From my experience, honesty is always the best policy in business, especially when you’re answering questions from prospects (you want them to trust you, don’t you?). Starting off the relationship with a lie isn’t the right decision.
There are ways to reframe the conversation around employee headcount if you’re a one-man shop. For example, when a prospect asks about the size of your organization, talk about the resources you use to accomplish your objectives.
For instance, you and larger MSPs are probably using the same products and solutions to deliver IT services, right? Think about how many MSPs are using the same remote monitoring and management (RMM) solution. Plenty, right?
Your MSP business is more than one person
Also, you may not have any “employees” on your payroll, but are you paying contractors to help you with delivering your IT services to your client? If so, they’re part of your team! So, instead of saying, “I don’t have any employees”, you may want to say, “I have a team of three.” You’re not being dishonest. You’re simply defining “team” differently.
But more importantly, you need to understand why a prospect asks about your employee headcount. Does the prospect believe larger companies deliver better services than smaller ones? You need to find out by asking follow-up questions.
For example, “I’m thinking there’s a reason why you asked me about employee headcount. Is there a size of a company that you think would be better? If so, what were you hoping to get from a bigger company?”
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Once you get the prospect’s answer, you can then talk about the end result, your process, and technology success. Remind the prospect that your process (coupled with your technology) will yield greater productivity and lower security risks.
Finally, don’t be afraid to point out why your customers do business with you. Show your prospects how you’ve added value for your clients. What did you do differently for them? What sets you apart from your competitors?
Being a one-man shop has its challenges, but you shouldn’t view it as a barrier to acquiring new clients. In many cases, one-man MSPs have resources available to them to bolster their ability to provide IT services. Figure out what sets you apart from competitors and drive those points home to prospects.
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