Scalability is important to any business, whether you’re part of an SME or a large enterprise. It allows you to grow or – if necessary – shrink without any delay or disruption. Unfortunately, most businesses aren’t scalable by default.

The good news? It can be achieved. Read on as we look at three steps towards scalability for your business.

1. Ditch the office

One of the biggest challenges when it comes to upsizing or downsizing is where your staff are based. If you want to take on more employees, you need a bigger office space. Or, if you want to reduce your workforce, you’ll be left with an office space that’s too big and costs too much. This can lead to wasted money and unnecessary delays.

While it’s not necessary to get rid of your office completely, it’s worth considering alternatives like remote working and temporary office space to keep things flexible. Whether you keep an office as a central hub or go fully remote and hire meeting rooms or desk space as required, it stops you being tied down to a physical space when you need to adapt to changes.

2. Embrace the cloud

Another area where many businesses are restricted is their computing infrastructure. As businesses grow, they typically need more storage space to facilitate more employees and of course more digital assets. That’s especially true now so many companies are trying to go paper free.

While lots of businesses instinctively resort to in-house servers, this route is both expensive and inflexible. Adding more storage and additional users can be time-consuming, and it’s difficult to downsize if you suddenly need less. Instead, opt for cloud-based storage, like a digital asset management system. With this option, you only have to pay for what you need – which can be changed instantly whenever required.

3. Rethink recruitment

Businesses need to recruit to grow. That’s unavoidable. But does your business always require somebody full time and permanent? Far too often, companies opt for the traditional recruitment route rather than exploring the other options. In doing so, they have to provide statutory benefits and commit to employment laws which make it difficult to scale your business.

Hiring through an agency, for instance, can help you cope with extra demand and reduce the amount of training required for new recruits. What about freelancers and contractors? These staff provide services on an ongoing basis or even as a one-off, so you can literally pay as you go. Whether you need to take on more people or downsize slightly, it’s both quick and easy.

Scale with ease

iBase is a state-of-the-art digital asset management platform, perfect for businesses that want to up their scalability. We make it easy to add new users or more storage space, with a wide range of prices and packages available.

If you have any questions about our innovative software, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team.

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