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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: How can MSPs strengthen their clients’ defenses from cryptominers?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can MSPs strengthen their clients’ defenses from cryptominers?

Q: I have some customers with fairly large networks, and one of them is a business college. It seems like all those latent CPUs would be an attractive target for cryptominers. We’ve been taking steps to protect them, but I’m...

/ December 17, 2018
Ask An MSP Expert: What are some MSP marketing musts for 2019?

Ask An MSP Expert: What are some MSP marketing musts for 2019?

Q: We recently hired a new marketing team member starting in the New Year. While we’ve done marketing for our IT service business in the past, it’s always been in fits and starts. I want to make sure our new...

/ December 10, 2018
Ask an MSP Expert: How can we be more efficient with our time?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can we be more efficient with our time?

Q: As we continue to grow our business, it seems like we have less time in the day to accomplish everything we need to get done. What can we do to save more time? No matter what type of business...

/ December 3, 2018
Ask an MSP Expert: How do I create service level agreements as an MSP?

Ask an MSP Expert: How do I create service level agreements as an MSP?

Q: We recently transitioned to the managed services model, and want to make sure we’ve covered our bases when it comes to monthly contracts. Are there any best practices you can offer for creating a Service Level Agreement (SLA)? Service...

/ November 26, 2018
Ask an MSP Expert: How can we be more successful with email marketing?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can we be more successful with email marketing?

Q: At my MSP, we’ve tried email marketing, and I really think it’s just not for us. We’ve sent out multiple emails to our prospects, and our unsubscribe list has skyrocketed. Even worse, only a few people have clicked on...

/ November 19, 2018
Ask an MSP Expert: How can we effectively manage project workflow?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can we effectively manage project workflow?

Q: We’re experiencing some challenges in managing project workload, which has become more challenging as we’ve added more customers and vendors over time. How can we effectively manage and organize projects when we are working with more than one vendor?...

/ November 12, 2018
Ask an MSP Expert: What if my MSP gets hacked?

Ask an MSP Expert: What if my MSP gets hacked?

Q: Recently, the Department of Homeland Security issued a warning stating that advanced persistent threat actors are now targeting MSPs. We work with customers in highly regulated industries, so we have a lot of sensitive data to protect. What should I...

/ October 15, 2018
Ask an MSP Expert: How can we expand our IT service business internationally?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can we expand our IT service business internationally?

Q:  The managed service business is very competitive and sometimes the United States feels saturated with IT providers. My business is strong and I’m primed to grow it. Are there any options for expanding internationally? Good question! For insights on...

/ October 1, 2018
Ask an MSP Expert: How can we proactively plan for the next storm?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can we proactively plan for the next storm?

Q: Luckily, our area wasn’t affected by Hurricane Florence — but we might not be so lucky next time. What are some steps we can take to ensure that our SMBs have foolproof disaster recovery plans in place?  Natural disasters...

/ September 24, 2018
Ask an MSP Expert: How can my MSP get the most value out of a tradeshow?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can my MSP get the most value out of a tradeshow?

Q: My business is a new managed service provider and we are looking to get our name out there and make some connections in the industry. We’ve heard that a way to do this might be to attend some tradeshows....

/ September 17, 2018