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Small Business IT Consulting: The Micro Small Business Environment


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Summary:
Small business IT consulting can encompass different size companies. Micro small businesses can have 1-10
employees with a computer each, no dedicated server and you compete with free labor in micro small
business IT consulting.



Keywords:
Small Business IT Consulting, small business computer consulting, computer consulting, IT consulting



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One hard to target market for small business IT consulting is the "micro-small businesses"; those that have a
single-digit number of PC’s - anywhere from one to nine PC’s. These micro-small businesses can provide,
depending on the metro area where you’re located, $50 to $75 an hour or $75 to $90 (at the absolute most)
for small business IT consulting work.


The "Micro-small" Business Environment


In small business IT consulting you need to be very aware that in this micro-small business space, when
there are one to ten computers, one to ten employees, their revenue usually amounts to anywhere from
$100,000 to $1 million a year in annual revenue. The big thing that defines a micro-small business is that
there is no dedicated server yet.


Who's Your Competition?


In this space, there’s a ton of competition small business IT consulting firms will contend with. This
competition is willing to work for less than $50 an hour, or in some cases, zero dollars an hour. This delivers
a challenge for the small business IT consulting professional.


What the Competition Has (Or Doesn’t Have) To Offer


The competition agrees to help the micro-small business with their computer problems, every once in a
while of course, because they have a day job. Therefore they can’t get there as quickly as a small business
IT consulting professional could.
The small business, even though their server is down, will have to wait until a week from Saturday until they
can get there, but hey, the help is cheap! They work for donuts and coffee, or pizza and beer! That’s the
competition for a small business IT consultant in this space.


The Bottom Line about Small Business IT consulting


Part of the reason why a small business IT consulting professional has competition in attracting micro-small
business is that the company has less than ten computers, less than ten employees, doing generally less than
$1 million a year in annual revenue. There’s just not enough riding on IT to invest in small business IT
consulting professionals. IT just isn’t that strategically important to the company yet.


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