A homebased business is usually a one-person show. In exchange for the freedom of running a business out of your home, you have to wear a number of hats: CEO, CFO, human resources guy, even office manager. But when it comes to purchasing new computer hardware, wiring small networks or troubleshooting printer jams, you don't have to go it alone. An Information Technology Consultant (ITC) can serve as a "virtual MIS department" for your business, evaluating technology needs, implementing solutions and maintaining systems already in place.
Even if you are tech-savvy enough to do it all by yourself, hiring an ITC to look after your technology needs can free you up to pursue other interests, like building a successful business or having a family life.
So how does a homebased business owner with a layperson's knowledge of computers hire, pay and intelligently discuss problems with an ITC? Read on to figure out exactly what you need, when you need it, how to get the most from your ITC and how to get the most for your money.