With technology changing at such a speed, businesses of all sizes in almost every sector frequently need to upgrade or expand their IT equipment, so is IT leasing the answer? In fact, over 90% of the top 100 companies now lease computer equipment.
Why? Paying upfront for equipment can be a significant drain on the working capital for most businesses, especially SMEs and start ups. With bank lending figures still falling, many businesses are turning to alternative sources of funding such as asset finance and leasing.
Benefits of computer and IT leasing
Computer and IT leasing offers a number of significant benefits over buying. For example, leasing means your businesses will never be left with obsolete equipment in a way that would not be possible with an outright purchase. IT equipment can become out of date in just two to threeyears. With a lease agreement, equipment can be added or upgraded without having to repurchase, so you will always have the most up-to-date hardware and software.
Leasing also means you can obtain the latest computer equipment you require without a large capital outlay. Many businesses find leasing advantageous from a budgeting standpoint as switching from outright purchase to a lease agreement changes how the equipment is accounted for. Leasing enables you to pay for the equipment you need over a fixed period of time, which helps you spread the cost. Plus, with an operating lease, rental payments are an allowable business expense that can be set against profit – thereby potentially reducing your tax bill.
What IT equipment can businesses lease?
A wide range of equipment, from PCs and iPads to software licenses and training, can be leased. This can include hardware, software and maintenance agreements. In fact, almost any type of tangible equipment can be considered for leasing. You can even choose the suppliers and the exact combination of equipment you require.
Some of the most popular types of IT equipment leased are:
- PCs and laptops
- Tablets (e.g. iPad, Microsoft Surface)
- IT Software
- Networking infrastructure
- Telephone systems
- Reprographic systems
For more information on IT leasing, download the useful WestWon Asset Finance For IT Equipment fact sheet or call WestWon on Tel: 01494 611 456.