Growth is a natural process for many small businesses, and their networks must grow accordingly. A network administrator for a small network will either work reactively or proactively, depending on the leaders of the company, which often include the network administrator. Ideally, the network administrator has enough lead time to make intelligent decisions about growing the network in-line with the growth of the company.

To scale a network, several elements are required:

These elements are used to inform the decision-making that accompanies the scaling of a small network.