Now that your business is linking up with success, it’s time to do something for yourself and outsource or delegate a few of your duties. If you’re having a hard time letting go of the control of everything in your business or feel that it’s cheating to outsource, don’t. You are successful; now it’s time to get some help for tasks that you shouldn’t have to handle yourself or that you don’t know very much about..
You’ve worked hard to ensure your small business is a success, from getting the best MSSP managed security for your software to keeping your startup under budget. Now consider a few tasks that every successful small business owner should be outsourcing/delegating.
1. Hire a Virtual Assistant
If you have an online business, then you’ve probably been doing everything yourself for quite some time. The thing is, it’ll be much easier on you, and you’ll get more done, if you outsource to a virtual assistant. However, it’s important to do careful research and screening when outsourcing anything online. If you’re hiring a VA from overseas, then it’s imperative that they speak English. It’s best to start out giving a new VA simple tasks, then work your way into giving them more responsibility once they have proven to be reliable and good at their job.
2. Website Development and Design
Website development and design is one of the projects that you want to outsource, as professionals in this arena speak a different language than the rest of the world. If you’re just now thinking about getting a website up and going, you’re going to want it to be professional, yet friendly. This is not only time-consuming, but it can also be difficult for someone who has never built or designed a website before.
3. Bookkeeping and Taxes
When it comes to bookkeeping and taxes, your best bet is to outsource as soon as you can. As a business owner, you already wear many hats and have a lot on your shoulders. Besides, if you’re not that great at math, doing your own bookkeeping and taxes can land you in a world of trouble in the end.
While marketing is beneficial to your small business and is needed to make it a success, it can be time-consuming. You don’t need to just market on one medium, you need to market on all mediums from social media to radio and TV if possible. Digital marketing is something that can take up a lot of time with little return if you don’t know what you’re doing. Luckily, there are companies out there that specialize in everything from SEO to social media to help you. If you’re not good at the marketing game, this is the time to outsource and get the help you need.
5. Customer Service
The days when customers held on the line while they waited to reach an operator for customer service needs are long gone. There are now emails, chats, and any other number of ways that customer service needs are met. The way you treat your customers and address their complaints and how quickly you respond can make the difference between keeping that customer or them moving on to another company that sells a similar product or service. Outsourcing this aspect of your business can help your company a lot, this way someone will be there to address concerns and questions 24/7.
These are just a few tasks that can be outsourced once your business is successful and doing great. If you can afford to outsource them when you start your business, that is even better for you in the end.