Extremely small businesses with less than a few PCs will often use informally organized peer-to-peer networks in order to easily share files and printers cheaply and easily. Generally, these types of networks are created around operating systems such as Microsoft Windows 98 or ME, which are geared towards the consumer market. A business-grade desktop OS on a business-class PC can give many companies a good mixture between low-budget solutions and more expensive client/server solutions.
However, small business consultants and these types of peer-to-peer networks do not work well together, and consultants should either require prospects to consider using other options or not work with those prospects.
PEER-TO-PEER NETWORKS AND OTHER PROBLEMS
Since small businesses will often choose peer-to-peer networks for price reasons, there is not typically very much money left for outside small business consultants. Either that, or the business owner or manager has a lot of money but just does not understand or care to understand the value technology can bring to his business.
Simply put, peer-to-peer networks tend to go along with a lot of other bad IT issues, one of them being complete negligence when it comes to software licensing, data security, virus protection and backup of data.
PEER-TO-PEER NETWORKS CAN MEAN OPPORTUNITY
Sometimes small businesses with IT might be so tired of bad peer-to-peer network performance that they might be willing to listen to your recommendations. This could be an excellent opportunity for a long-term relationship with a new client as a small business consultant.
Added by: Joshua Feinberg