Tag: Ask an MSP Expert

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 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
Ask an MSP Expert: How can I efficiently manage my IT help desk tickets?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can I efficiently manage my IT help desk tickets?

  Q: As my MSP continues to grow, we’re receiving more support tickets, and it can be hard to keep up. We need a more organized process for responding to support calls. How can we streamline the ticketing process to...

/ June 4, 2018
Ask an MSP Expert: How to develop a security policy for an SMB customer

Ask an MSP Expert: How to develop a security policy for an SMB customer

Q: We recently brought on a new customer who doesn’t have any security policies in place.  What are the best ways to help them set up security policies for their network? Ransomware and malware attacks are continually on the rise,...

/ May 21, 2018
Ask an MSP Expert: Are pay-for-play magazines worth the cost?

Ask an MSP Expert: Are pay-for-play magazines worth the cost?

Q: My MSP gets contacted once in a while by people offering to include us on a top 10 list of providers in the area. While this might be great for our business, it usually has a big price tag....

/ May 14, 2018
Ask an MSP Expert: How do other MSPs overcome pricing objections?

Ask an MSP Expert: How do other MSPs overcome pricing objections?

Q: When I’m trying to close a managed service deal and I run into a pricing objection, I have a hard time getting past it. How can I confidently overcome a pricing objection? You’re certainly not alone when it comes...

/ May 7, 2018