Outsourcing sometimes gets a bad reputation as it can conjure up images of workers being paid low wages while a company’s profits soar. While that certainly happens in some instances, outsourcing can also be a really savvy way for business owners to take their startup operations to the next level. Below you’ll find a list of some of the services and roles that you should consider outsourcing.
Personal Assistant and Secretarial Services
A business owner often decides to put on staff because they are swamped trying to keep up with phone calls, emails, appointments, and day-to-day business operations. Engaging a virtual assistant to help with your correspondence and administrative tasks can help alleviate that pressure and give you back some of that precious time you need to actually work on the business.
Human Resources and Recruitment
Outsourcing HR consulting services can be one of the most valuable investments you can make for your business. Leading recruitment agencies specialise in identifying which roles and positions your business needs, how to structure your staffing, and screening applicants to match the right person to the right role. Unless you have a background in human resources yourself, it can be really difficult for a sole trader to manage all the staffing requirements of a growing business.
Bookkeeping and Accounting
If you speak to any business owner, they’ll probably tell you that it’s the bookwork that they fall furthest behind in and know the least about. Even some of the easier to use cloud-based DIY software applications still require significant chunks of time to keep up to date. Outsourcing your bookkeeping and accounting will help you keep your paperwork and cash flow in order.
Marketing and Public Relations
This is another field that can be really difficult to manage yourself unless you have professional experience as a marketer. Positioning your brand in the marketplace and choosing the right marketing mix for your business can be both time consuming and costly if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Jobs Around the Home
If you’re finding it hard to keep on top of domestic duties, run your business, and still get some downtime into your week, consider engaging people to help. Whether you need someone to clean your house, mow the lawn, or deliver nutritious ready-made meals to you, getting some help around the home can do wonders for a startup entrepreneur.
When you’re growing your business, you can’t always afford to hire fulltime staff who have the skills and experience you need to support you and your business goals for every position you need. By outsourcing and engaging consultants you can ‘hire’ people who can hit the ground running and provide the tools, resources and knowhow to really elevate your business to its full potential while freeing up your payroll for operational staff members.
Are there any services you’d add to this list? What do you think is the most important area for a startup business owner to get help with?
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