Being a successful entrepreneur that can hit the ground running with every client is admirable, but it’s not always possible. It’s important to be self-aware when you are running a business, and most business leaders want to be able to do a little bit of everything at all times. Here’s the thing about that: you cannot run a business while being a jack of all trades. You need to be good at what you’re good at, and you need to be okay with NOT being good at everything. You are an innovator; a bringer of ideas that count. If you really want to grow your business, though, you need to work out what it is that you’re best at and learn how to delegate the rest of it.
No one in the world expects you to be able to network, sell, retain customers, market, design your own mobile app, oversee QA testing, manage the finances – it’s all a little bit too hard. There are only so many business plates that you can juggle before they all crash to the ground and you end up with nothing. The best option for you is to look into outsourcing. It’s not just a case of choosing just anyone, though. You need to opt for the best talent around for your outsourced work, so that you can be secure in the knowledge that the business that you set up and brought to the table is going to continue to run well. So, with all of that in mind, here are seven of the most popular areas of your business you should consider for outsourcing.
- Administration & Office Management
Paperwork. Just that word alone is enough to invoke a slump in the shoulders because there just isn’t enough time in the working day to file that paperwork you’ve got stacked. The most popular outsourced hire is a virtual assistant, one who can type your dictation and manage your phone calls and set up your meetings. Work out the tasks that are best suited to outsourcing in your business, because even those small tasks being out of your hands can give you time to get that paperwork done.
Your brand strategy is going to be worked out by you and in your business plan. You have a brand name and logo to uphold, but the person that does that logo and designs your business website is someone important to your business. You may not be able to do that yourself, and that’s fine, because there are some top class graphic designers and freelance brand managers out there that can work for you. Their whole business surrounds getting a design done and out to you quickly but on budget, and freelancers put a lot more effort into their work than you think. It’s worth the consideration, if only to know that your brand strategy can be met.
- Website/App Development
This is one of the toughest things that you could outsource. Developers pretty much speak another language to you, writing in code for everything. You can have an idea of what you want for your website, and the specifics need to be explained in great detail with the development team that you choose. The key is communication, and if you are communicating by any means possible you’re going to be able to allow someone else to work on your website and trust that they know what they’re doing. When you’re ready to create an app for your business, you can use the same development team to help you to get it off the ground – which is going to be your next step in business growth.
When you sell a product, it’s easy to choose a local manufacturing company to get it made and shipped for you. This is the way you can drop in from time to time and see how things are going. Manufacturing is an easy job to outsource, because unless you are running a manufacturing plant, you haven’t got a choice! You need somewhere to make your product, it’s just a case of ensuring that you interview enough companies to know that you have chosen well for your particular needs.
It’s a very popular thing to outsource. You can have an in-house accounting team, but as with everything else, hiring in-house is expensive. Always look for an accounts specialist who has the right software to be able to work on your business in the right way. You have bills to pay, people who pay you and a staff to pay, too. You need an accountant who is going to be on the ball with your figures, who will keep you updated and who is appropriately qualified. Your choice is, again, going to depend on your needs, but you can choose between hiring a whole company who can manage your taxes and accounting, or you could choose a freelancer to do it all for you.
- Legal Team
Online, there are legal services that can help you to save yourself thousands. And yet the one thing that you need to remember the most is that your business NEEDS a good lawyer. There are always legal documents to find online that can help you out when you need legal advice, but you need a proper legal team to be on your side in times of litigation. Do some research before you spend any money and you’ll be in the best possible position to make a good choice.
- Content Writing
Lastly, if you need blog posts written, landing pages crafted and even a good article announcing to the world any changes you are making to your business, consider hiring a spectacular content writer. You could go with a company, but financially it’s more viable for you to choose to go with a freelancer. Hire a writer who has the knowledge and expertise on your industry or subject. They’ve got the power to really make an impact with people, particularly if the writing is for SEO purposes.
Outsourcing could make a massive difference to your business future and its bottom line. Do it right, and you’ll be concentrating on the things that matter the most.