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How To Outsource Your Most Time Consuming Small Business Tasks

November 28, 2014

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When running a small business it can be extremely tempting to try to do everything yourself.  Many entrepreneurs are guilty of getting too caught up in very simple but time-consuming tasks, which then inhibit their ability to grow the business. The reason for this tends to be twofold; firstly because it’s your company and you have trouble letting go of the control and secondly because you might think you can’t afford to take on any extra help.

The most effective solution to this dilemma is to look into strategic outsourcing. You might think outsourcing is an expensive solution but it really doesn’t have to be. What you really need to be thinking about is how much time you can save yourself by outsourcing the most time-consuming work tasks, allowing you time to focus on growing your revenue instead.

As the old adage goes, you have to spend money to make money. The points below will help clarify why outsourcing your most time-consuming business tasks is really important to helping you grow your business:

  1. Accounting & banking

You might have done your own accounts from the very outset but as your company grows, accounting and banking processes get more and more tricky and as such a lot more time-consuming. It is just not worth taking the risk of making a mistake with your business’ accounts or banking.

Outsourcing these processes will not only ensure your business is fully compliant, since you will be hiring experts to do all the work for you, but it will also result in all elements of your accounting and banking, such as payroll and cash flow, being done a lot faster too.

  1. Simple administrative tasks

It is just crazy how much time simple administrative tasks can take up. But you can save yourself so much time by simply hiring someone else to do the work. The beauty of outsourcing is that you can hire someone to do the work as needed, you don’t have to sort out their tax and nor are you responsible for their holiday.

You can also pick and choose the hours as you see fit and save a ton of money by not having to go through the traditional channels of recruiting a full-time member of staff. Flexible outsourcing in this manner can therefore save you a great deal of money and, of course, time!

  1. Copywriting

These days businesses must have an online presence. However this means that your website and blog must be continually updated and that can take up an enormous amount of time. If your skills do not lie in writing and editing, it can mean even more of your precious time is taken up.

You should look at outsourcing all your copywriting to professionals, whose job it is to come up with great, accurate content, as well as proof anything you have drafted. Letting someone else do all your web and offline copy will free up your time; time which can be spent on core business tasks.

  1. Graphic design

These days many people will claim they are experts on programmes like Photoshop and various other graphic design software packages such as that offered by Canva. However, in reality no one has enough time to run a small business and be an expert in everything from accounting and copywriting right through to artwork design.

Hiring someone else to take care of your business’ artwork will relieve you of an enormous amount of pressure. There are an endless supply of freelancers online who you can hire quickly, easily and affordably to design all your business’ artwork, from your business-cards and stationery right through to your logo.

  1. Social media

If you’re not yet on social media, it’s probably because you just haven’t had the time yet. If you are on social media, you probably don’t have the time to do it properly! Using social media properly takes a great deal of thought and time; time which you should be dedicating to a wider business strategy. Hiring someone else, who is much better informed, to run your social media accounts is a much more effective approach and will also ensure your business is properly represented on social media.

In summary, try not to let your desire to retain total control of your business get in the way. Letting the most time-consuming business tasks go is the best way to free up your own time and allow your business to push forward and expand. Outsourcing is becoming ever more popular for a reason, so don’t let your pride, or concern about spending money, get in the way! Your business, and you, deserve more.

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