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The Ultimate Guide to Success in Managed IT Services

What are the fundamentals to building a profitable managed IT services business? Keep reading to discover the four key ingredients for success.

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Top 5 Warning Signs That Your Client is About to Leave You

Posted by Lily Teplow on September 25, 2018

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What is one of the worst things an MSP can hear? “You’re fired!”

When a client leaves you, that’s called churn… and it’s really bad for your business. Churn not only represents a client leaving, but it can be incredibly costly to replace that business. It’s important to minimize client churn and therefore, you need to be able to identify the early signs of churn so you can reduce the chance that your client leaves you.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability

The MSP's Guide to Getting the Right ROI from Industry Conferences

Posted by Lily Teplow on September 21, 2018

The MSP's Guide to Getting the Right ROI from Industry Conferences

The right industry conference can be a game changer for your business, and when done the right way, it can present a goldmine of opportunities. However, with so many conferences and events taking place these days, it can be difficult to know where to spend your time and how to get the right return on investment (ROI).

In this post, we’ll dive into what to do before, during, and after industry conferences to ensure you’re making the most of your time. Also, with Navigate 2018 fast approaching, we’re offering a few special tips for our partners and attendees.

 

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Events

How to Turn Your Business Into a Resilient One

Posted by Arnie Bellini on September 20, 2018

How to Turn Your Business Into a Resilient One

You’re in business to make money, but that’s not the only reason you started this professional adventure. Maybe you’re looking for a way to create a legacy to pass on to your family, or you’re hoping to fund your retirement. Maybe your business is helping you send your kids to college, provide a better lifestyle, or help you fund your favorite hobbies.

Whatever your business does for your life, being resilient in business makes it all work. Our industry changes so quickly that it can be hard to predict and stay ahead of changes, but business resiliency is the key to meeting and exceeding your business goals.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Navigate 2018

The Best Pieces of Advice for Growing MSPs

Posted by Lily Teplow on September 14, 2018

The Best Pieces of Advice for Growing MSPs

If you’ve been on LinkedIn recently, you’ve probably seen the #NextGenMSP challenge floating around. Started by Continuum, this challenge engages MSPs and asks them to post a video sharing their top growth tips for the next generation of MSPs. 

With over 60 videos and counting, the challenge has taken over our LinkedIn feeds. These videos contain excellent pieces of advice from fellow IT providers, MSPs, and vendors. We noticed a couple key trends and themes, so we’ve decided to consolidate these to bring you the best pieces of advice we’ve heard thus far.

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

Explaining “IT” to Your Clients

Posted by Meaghan Moraes on September 7, 2018

Explaining “IT” to Your Clients

When your profession is managing IT for your clients, you’re expected to know the ins and outs. You’re the expert, right? You’re the thought leader, the support system. But “IT” is a broad term.

Apart from your job title, how do you actually showcase your IT expertise to clients in a way that gets their buy-in, their trust, and their business long term? It’s all in the way you communicate.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Remote Monitoring and Management

The MSP Evolution: Growth Tips from Richard Tubb and Paul Dippell

Posted by Lily Teplow on August 24, 2018

The MSP Evolution: Growth Tips from Richard Tubb and Paul Dippell

There are massive pressures on managed IT service providers today—leading to a new chapter in MSP evolution. The speed at which the M&A market is consolidating and the growing IT skills gap are just a few examples. And because of this, we’re seeing an increasing separation between those MSPs who are quickly growing and succeeding, and those who are being left behind.

To be part of this former group, though, the key may be to leverage the Master MSP model. On a recent TubbTalk podcast, Richard Tubb was joined by Paul Dippell, the CEO and founder of Service Leadership, to discuss how today’s fastest growing MSPs are using this model, and why.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability, Service Leadership Index

6 Things MSPs Should Know About Checklists

Posted by Joshua Oakes on August 9, 2018

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Getting things done is an essential part of being in business. But it’s not as easy as it sounds. Increased task complexity, combined with the need to delegate, creates situations where you have to trust others on your team to perform essential tasks.

At IT Glue, we’ve found that the best way to make sure that everything gets done, in the right order, is by using checklists. For those in the know, checklists are powerful tools. For those not in the know, they’re probably used mostly for grocery shopping. Let’s take a look at some things you might not know about the humble checklist.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Service Delivery and Operational Efficiency, Navigate 2018

4 Reasons to Attend Continuum’s Navigate 2018

Posted by Lily Teplow on August 8, 2018

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With less than two months until Navigate 2018, there’s promise it’ll be the best one yet. Navigate is the only user conference in the IT channel that empowers MSPs to scale rapidly and improve their business metrics. This year, Navigate will bring attendees valuable content that’s tailored for MSP success, direct access to Continuum’s leadership team, collaborative networking opportunities to hear and learn from peers, and much more.

But these aren’t the only reasons why you’ll want to be there. Keep reading to discover four more ways we’re stepping up our game with Navigate 2018.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Navigate 2018

7 Common Managed IT Services Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Jeff Dennis on July 12, 2018

7 Common Managed IT Services Mistakes to Avoid

Managed services are still one of the fastest growing segments of the IT industry. Hiring a managed services provider (MSP) means businesses can focus on core competencies instead of bothering with complex back-end IT processes.

With a range of offerings like cloud computing, data security, network monitoring, systems management and more, MSPs can give businesses IT solutions for a range of issues they might encounter on a daily basis. But, as a managed services provider yourself, you have your own fair share of challenges.

Put simply, both your business and your client’s business can benefit if both parties can come together to achieve a common goal. But mistakes on your part can spell disaster for everyone involved! Don’t let these possible pitfalls stop you from achieving success. Here are seven mistakes you need to avoid to stand out as a reliable service provider.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, IT Service Delivery

Top 5 Reasons You Should Attend Sales Academy Foundations Training

Posted by Madison Lichtmann on July 6, 2018

Top 5 Reasons You Should Attend Sales Academy Foundations Training

Don’t you wish there was an easier way to master the art of selling managed services?

Continuum is proud to offer all our partners exclusive content and training catering to various roles through Continuum University, and we’re excited to expand Continuum University to provide in-person training opportunities designed specifically for you. Our first live Sales Academy Foundations training occurred in May, with MSPs joining us in our Cranberry Township office for an exclusive two-day training filled with content, learning, networking and entertainment. In this post, I'd like to go over the top five reasons why Sales Academy Foundations is so impactful for you and your MSP business.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Sales and Marketing

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