How To Outsource Effectively Even When You’re On a Budget
There’s no doubt about it- there will come a time that you will need to consider outsourcing within your small business. Trying to juggle many things at once can lead your performing each task at substandard levels and really hit your productivity hard. Here we’ve outlined several ways for you to outsource your essential tasks without you breaking the bank.
Here are a few reasons why it’s great for you to consider outsourcing as soon as you can:
- Constantly worrying about carrying out the more menial a small tasks within your business, stops you from tackling the more important business tasks that will make your business grow, like marketing, planning and hiring.
- As we’ve said before, taking on several people’s jobs at once can mean you are making yourself a ‘jack of all trades’ and not reaching your full potential or struggling to complete something in a skill that you are not yet proficient as such as bookkeeping or social media management.
- By working harder and not smarter you’re risking sacrificing your health, mental wellbeing and facing the possibility of burning out.
So many business owners think that outsourcing is best left to the conglomerates and multinationals. But it really could be a race against the clock- you might not be able to afford to not to. Effective outsourcing can allow you to leverage more of your own time. This means you can earn more more, work to your strengths and sometimes even make you money while you sleep.
If you are on a really tight budget, consider outsourcing to a Virtual Assitant (VA) for just a few hours a month. A VA should be able to complete a variety of tasks, from ordering in stationery to booking couriers and posts pickups. The c=great thing about it is that VA’s work online and virtually, so you don’t need to worry about renting out office space for them to work.
Things to consider before you begin outsourcing:
1. What essential day-to-day tasks hinder your business building activities?
For example, replying to emails and monitoring your social media accounts take time out of your day. As they are fairly simple entry-level tasks, they often advised that there are the things that you look for help completing first.
2. What tasks do you find difficult or dislike?
Productivity can be boosted when you love what you do. However there a few necessary business evils that need to be completed to keep your business afloat. But if you don’t like copywriting or crunching the numbers on a spreadsheet, hire someone to do them for you. They’ll most likely love what they do and it’ll take a weight off your mind for you to focus on the more enjoyable aspects of your business.
3. Which tasks are you unable to do in terms of your business?
There’s no reason for you to struggle through business tasks that you are unable to do. If you’re facing a steep learning curve to use Photoshop or website building there’s nothing wrong with hiring the appropriate people, to take care of it for you. You can even contact your local IT management company for more details on how to manage your workload. Of course, it is something that you can learn over time but it may be quicker and easier for you to find help in the meantime.
Make sure you’re not in over your head and start small.
Even someone taking over your small tasks can free up your time and make you more productive than you could imagine.
[a contributed post]