Outsourcing is to small businesses what babysitters are to parents – lifesavers. As a business owner, you love your company, your mission, and the work you do. Well, most of it anyway.
Just like parents understandably get exhausted caring for their children all day, every day, business owners get exhausted from taking care of business.
When parents need a night out or some time off, they call a babysitter. When you want to buy some of your time back and start focusing on the things that have the most value for your company, you start outsourcing.
If you’re having trouble convincing yourself it’s worth it, here are 15 practical reasons to start outsourcing.
15 Practical Reasons to Start Outsourcing
1. You cringe at the thought or dread doing certain tasks to the point that you consistently avoid them or procrastinate.
2. You’re spending less time with your family and friends, and they’ve noticed that you always seem to be busy with work.
3. Your time is stretched thin and you don’t have the amount of time it would take to properly complete certain tasks, like balancing books or answering phone calls.
4. You’re stuck doing something that you aren’t skilled at, like writing blog posts or delivering customer service, and you know someone else could do it better.
5. You specialize in higher-level tasks, so completing day-to-day or administrative duties are not good investments of your time.
6. It costs less to outsource than it does to hire someone full time, so you can get extra help without breaking the bank.
7. You can pick specific individuals or companies to outsource your tasks to based on their level of skill and experience, enabling you to pick someone who has the strengths you lack.
8. It enables you to handle core business functions and strategies while knowing the day-to-day “mundane” tasks will be taken care of.
9. Outsourcing lets you tap into others’ experience and expertise – the people and companies you outsource tasks to might know something you don’t that nets results like you’ve never seen before.
10. It also makes it possible to re-allocate any hiring budget you had for the positions you decided to outsource toward other, more pressing expenses.
11. When you outsource, you aren’t employing anyone so the cost to your business is deeply reduced – unlike hiring full time, when you outsource, you don’t have to pay a minimum wage, provide benefits, give up office space, etc.
12. You save time creating strategies and plans for tasks you’re unsure how to approach – outsourcing agencies and individuals already have a plan and will put it into action for you when you work together.
13. It helps you control risk for your company by featuring much lower costs, no long term contracts, no federal or state employment or benefit requirements, etc.
14. Outsourcing can allow you to free up your employees’ time to pursue higher-level tasks. For example, if you employ a content manager who writes blog posts, schedules social media posts, and arranges content partnerships, you could outsource the scheduling of social media posts to a virtual assistant, giving your employee more time to write blog posts and arrange content partnerships.
15. Finally, outsourcing can help you expand sooner by allowing you to take on a larger volume of work without hiring several new employees to do it.