Whether you’re running a new business all by yourself or you’ve been at it with a staff for years, outsourcing should be a huge part of your business. With the ability to work virtually, there are many companies and freelancers you can trust with specific tasks. Here’s a look at some of the major business tasks you should be outsourcing.
Sure, you can spend $30K or more every year for an administrative assistant, but why? Instead, you can hire a virtual receptionist to handle your phones and a virtual assistant to handle email, travel arrangements and other tasks.
The cost for outsourcing your administrative tasks will be far less than $30K per year. For most businesses, this can all be outsourced for less than $700 per month. You won’t need to pay for time they are not working for you and you don’t need to provide benefits, either.
Unless you are an expert in marketing, this is one task every business should outsource. From content marketing to print ad marketing, you need a specialist to handle your marketing efforts. They will be able to give you a higher ROI and help you build your business.
Anything you need when it comes to the legal side of things should be outsourced. Business owners don’t need their own mistakes costing them when they are not trained in the local and federal business laws. Hire a skilled attorney to handle all of your legal tasks, such as drawing up contracts and other issues.
Website Design and Graphic Creation
Again, unless you are an expert in this field, outsource all your design and graphics. There are some very talented freelancers capable of designing an excellent website and taking care of all your graphics. Let their artistic talent benefit your business.
Whether you need a computer repaired or you need support for your website, outsource all IT tasks. You don’t want to hire somebody in house because it will cost you tens of thousands of dollars. Instead, hire a freelancer or a company specializing in IT that will allow you to pay for only the time they are providing services for you.
Research is tedious, time consuming and for most, very boring. However, there are some that just love to research. If you need research done, hire somebody that loves to do it for you. They can help with market research, coming up with topics for blog posts, newsletter research and so much more.
Content is very important for your website, blog, marketing materials, newsletter and other written materials. This should all be outsourced. Too often business owners try to take the writing on themselves and end up with a blog that hasn’t seen new content in months, an incomplete website and marketing materials that are put together carelessly.
Let a professional writer handle all your content creation. They will deliver what you need quickly and they can even handle regular blog posts daily or weekly.
Your accounting may not be difficult to handle on a day-to-day basis, but your taxes can be very time consuming. Both of these tasks can be outsourced to make your life easier. You can hire an accountant to handle payroll, your taxes and any other accounting you need done.
Phone Customer Service
Outsouring phone customer service to a team of virtual receptionists will provide many benefits. Hiring a team to handle this in house can be very expensive. In addition, your team may not be as well trained or as professional as a team of virtual receptionists ready to handle all of your customer service calls.
Search Engine Optimization
If you plan to use SEO as a part of your online marketing, this is something you should outsource. It’s time consuming to handle everything necessary for good SEO and to become skilled in this area of marketing. Hire an expert and you won’t have to worry about your search engine ranking.
These are just a few of the many tasks you should certainly be outsourcing. A virtual receptionist will help in many ways, but make sure you outsource anything you can get done by a specialist before you spend a fortune to do it in house.