The Affordable Care Act is likely going to go down in history as one that helped many individuals gain cheap health insurance, though perhaps leaving a bit of a mess for the small business. Then again, the latter may depend on how creative the small business was in using some creativity to dance around the rules. Any of you owning a small business already know by now that if you have more than 50 employees, you were forced into buying health insurance or face a stiff penalty by decree of the ACA. Some small businesses were just above the 50-employee line, hence perhaps creating substantial headaches and an unneeded expense.
But what can be done to cut employees so your small business could technically fit under the 50-employee mark? For some, it might be worth looking at your IT department, particularly the in-house IT team who’s worked with you for a long time.
Yes, in-house IT teams are starting to be scrutinized much more severely now by businesses looking to save money. As in-demand as they once were, IT consultants are starting to be considered for one reason above many: The experience in the field. Your IT team you’ve had on a continual payroll for a number of years likely hasn’t had time to advance their own education in a technology marketplace that changes nearly by the day.
Because of the above, you may be having major technical issues in your computer systems that your in-house team can’t really solve. They may be able to solve it temporarily, though it keeps recurring due to limited scope on the complexity of the problem.
Due to this process of regularly keeping an in-house team on a payroll and only solves problems when they happen, should you reduce your IT team down in favor of consultants?
A Managed Service Provider Gives You an Entire Team in One
When you consider a managed service provider in IT, you don’t have to worry about hiring anyone to work in your company. Consultants work from their own company headquarters while still monitoring your systems around the clock. In the beginning, they’ll catch all the things that go wrong and fix them remotely or on-site without you needing to wait. Even better, they almost always work in preventative measures to ward off any problems occurring ever again.
Also, thanks to their experience working in the field, they know what’s really going on out there. Many in-house teams have now become the equivalent of Plato’s Cave analogy where they only know one thing (your company) and not the realities of what’s really needed today. A managed service will be privy to all the latest technology and recommend them to you without forcing you invest in anything.
By hiring one of these services, you’ll possibly cut your staff down considerably and fall under the line of being forced to buy health insurance. While a bit crafty in approach and unfortunately terminating jobs, it may be the only way so your small business can stay profitable until you reach a higher plateau.