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5 Ways to Improve Your MSP Service Level Agreement (SLA)

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5 Ways to Improve Your MSP Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

SLAs are the foundation of your MSP business. They are essential to building strong client relationships and must be clear, reasonable and well-constructed.

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7 Steps for Hiring a Rockstar MSP Sales Rep

Posted by Lily Teplow on January 19, 2018

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The global demand for managed IT services is greater than ever before. Analysts suggest that the emergence and proliferation of new trends, cloud and security technologies will drive the overall market to $268.25 billion by 2022. And a big part of that market will be comprised of MSPs who cater to small- and medium-sized businesses. Just like yourself!

Now, how can you position yourself to grab a well-deserved slice of that very lucrative managed services pie? A great place to start would be to hire an MSP sales representative. The rockstars of the MSP sales community can not only land you the new clients you need to grow your business, but will also qualify them to make sure they are bringing on great fits for your MSP company.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Sales and Marketing

Solving the IT Hiring Challenge | Part 3: Employee Turnover

Posted by Madison Lichtmann on January 18, 2018

Solving the IT Hiring Challenge | Part 3: Employee Turnover

This is the final post of our three-part series discussing common challenges MSP businesses face when it comes to hiring and onboarding, retaining top talent, and reducing employee turnover. In the first two posts, we gave you best practices for owning the hiring and onboarding process and the importance of developing and maintaining an employee retention program. In our final post we’ll talk employee turnover, how to proactively diminish it, and, when necessary, embrace it.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Workforce Optimization and Employee Retention

Partner Spotlight: How to Become a Recognized MSP

Posted by Lily Teplow on January 17, 2018

Partner Spotlight: How to Become a Recognized MSP

Today’s managed service providers (MSPs) play a critical role in overseeing IT functions and helping organizations achieve their business and technology goals. While every MSP strives to be the best in the market, only few can actually claim the title.

If you’re looking to take your managed services business to the next level in 2018, read on to hear advice from a leading MSP on what it takes to make it to the top.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Service Delivery and Operational Efficiency

Setting the Stage for Lasting Client Relationships

Posted by Nicole Hunter Hart on January 10, 2018

Setting the Stage for Lasting Client Relationships

Clients are arguably the most important aspect of a managed IT services business. After all, they’re the ones who keep the lights on. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that client management and retention might be a major focus area for 2018. In my previous series, we learned how to properly onboard your new clients. Now, I’m authoring a new series that’s designed to help you not only manage new clients, but successfully delight and retain them.

Throughout this five-part series, I’ll cover the basics of client management and retention, the fundamentals of executive business reviews, how to uncover new revenue opportunities in your executive business reviews and how to manage client risk. Each post in this series will deliver rich information on how to achieve success with your clients, what benefits you will see along the way and tools and tips to help you in your journey of increasing your worth to clients.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Client Acquisition and Management

11 New Year's Resolutions All MSPs Need to Stick To

Posted by Scott Wittstock on January 9, 2018

11 New Year's Resolutions All MSPs Need to Stick To

Each new year, we gear up to make positive changes in our personal lives. We take time to organize, get active again and set our goals for the new year. The motivation for wanting positive change to happen at the new year exists because of the fundamental psychological drivers we share as humans. If we can capitalize on the inspiration we feel, then we can continue to grow and improve year after year.

In business as well, there is a compelling force that drives us to close out the old year and usher in the new year with improvements that help us strengthen our business in positive ways. Below are eleven resolutions every MSP should stick to in order to better their business in the new year.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Sales and Marketing

The Top 5 MSP Blog Posts of 2017

Posted by Lily Teplow on December 29, 2017

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What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2018? Maybe you’re hoping to devote more time to growing your managed services business, fill your lead pipeline or break into the cybersecurity space. These are all great goals to have, but to actually achieve them, you might need a little help.

Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up our top five posts from the MSPblog this year. With tips and best practices on optimizing your technical team, mastering the MSP sales process, incorporating security into your tech stack and much more, you’ll be set up for success in the new year. Take a look at our top posts below to get a head start on your resolutions!

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Sales and Marketing, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

7 Habits of Highly Successful IT Service Providers: Habit #2

Posted by Joseph Tavano on December 28, 2017

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You may own your own MSP business, but that doesn’t mean you need to be alone at the top of the org chart. In this second installment of the 7 Habits of Highly Successful IT Service Providers, you’ll learn about the benefits of participating in a structured peer group, and how it can help your business be more successful.

At Navigate 2017, Continuum CEO Michael George outlined seven habits that the most profitable, growth-oriented MSPs in the industry all seem to have in common. Designed as actionable skills you can put to use immediately in your business, these seven habits of highly successful IT service providers are proven building blocks for success in a modern managed IT services business. Each of the seven posts in this special series will explore one habit in greater detail.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, HTG, TAG, CompTIA, GAP, Network Group

Your 2018 Business-Wide Success Guide | Part 5: Evaluating Vendor Relationships

Posted by Lily Teplow on December 27, 2017

Your 2018 Business-Wide Success Guide | Part 5: Evaluating Vendor Relationships

The IT channel has evolved immensely over the past decade or so—giving way to a new, complex environment that now requires you to obtain a variety of products or services from third-party vendors. But for many MSPs and IT service providers, selecting the right vendor(s) for your business and maintaining those relationships can be a difficult task. In turn, this has led to a sort of see-saw dilemma; with your vendor relationships on one side and your customer relationships on the other. The reality is that most MSPs spend their time focusing on the latter. However, today’s most successful MSPs not only value their vendor relationships, but give them equal or more attention and care than their customer relationships.

We’ve officially reached the end of our series, Your 2018 Business-Wide Success Guide, which is designed to help you plan for and achieve success in the new year. Each post dug into a specific department of your business, helping establish a success plan with useful and tangible strategies. In part four, we talked about which financial metrics you should track and measure in order to optimize your financial health. In this last installment, you’ll learn how to build strong relationships with your vendors and get more value out of your partnerships.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Vendor Management

Your 2018 Business-Wide Success Guide | Part 4: Measuring Financial Health

Posted by Evan Tencer on December 20, 2017

Your 2018 Business-Wide Success Guide | Part 4: Measuring Financial Health

What is your most important business goal? For most of you, the first thing that may have come to mind is “growth.” All MSPs (and all businesses for that matter) consider business growth as their main goal. But before you go allocating more budget to sales and marketing efforts, let’s put on our chief financial officer (CFO) hat and look at the specific financial areas you need to improve in order to accelerate your growth.

This series is designed to help you plan for and achieve success in 2018. Each post digs into a specific department of your business, helping establish a success plan with useful and tangible strategies. In part three, we dove into three helpful strategies for making client satisfaction a driver for your MSP business. In this post, we’ll take a look at which financial metrics you should understand in order to optimize your financial health.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability

7 Habits of Highly Successful IT Service Providers: Habit #1

Posted by Joseph Tavano on December 14, 2017

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When it comes to success in business, luck has little to do with it. In fact, the most successful managed service providers (MSPs) have put processes in place at virtually every level of their business to optimize efficiency and maximize profitability. But what exactly are these processes and best practices? What can you do to focus your efforts and accelerate your growth trajectory in 2018?

At Navigate 2017, Continuum CEO Michael George outlined seven habits that the most profitable, growth-oriented MSPs in the industry all seem to have in common. Designed as actionable skills you can put to use immediately in your business, these seven habits of highly successful IT service providers are proven building blocks for success in a modern managed IT services business. Each of the seven posts in this special series will explore one habit in greater detail. In this post, we’ll explore the basics of a process-driven approach to metrics, and the advantages available to MSPs who use them.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability

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