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Stop trying to do it all – A small business guide to outsourcing.

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You can’t do everything yourself, so stop trying!!!!!!!

It’s been a long but rewarding week. Your business is doing very well and sales are up. Things have been going great lately, you should be looking forward to enjoying a relaxing weekend. But you’re not. There’s one huge problem:

You have to work tomorrow.

There are things that still need to be done. Deadlines are approaching. Payroll is due, you need to update your website to tell customers about an upcoming sale. You also need to catch up on the bookkeeping. You’ve been focused on increasing revenue and have neglected to record the transactions.

Such is life as a small business owner. 60-hour work weeks. Few days off. Married to your business.

It doesn’t have to be this way!!!

There’s no reason why you can’t be a successful business owner and also have a life. In fact, you can free up a lot of time by outsourcing many tasks for much less than you may think. Small businesses can realize substantial savings on wages and benefits by outsourcing tasks instead of hiring additional employees.

The following are 8 tasks you can outsource to save both money and time:

Payroll

Payroll services take all of the aggravation out of paying your employees. Once you get set up with a payroll service, you tell them how many hours each employee worked in a particular period, and they take care of the rest for you. No more headaches trying to calculate wages, withholding, and deductions. No more confusion over employment tax filings.

 

Bookkeeping

Keeping up with the financial books can be confusing, complicated, and time-consuming. By using a bookkeeping service, you can leave this tedious task to professionals who specialize in debits, credits, balance sheets, profit and loss statements, and other accounting matters. 

Website Design

Your online presence is critical. If your website looks like a student project, no one will take you seriously. And that means lost sales. Yes, it’s possible to create your own website, and many people do. But if you want a website that will knock the socks off of everyone who sees it, hire a freelance website designer to make sure the job is done right.

 

Graphic Design

Many small businesses need custom artistic designs created to use in advertisements, on their websites, for company logos, letterhead, and for other purposes. Unless you have a great deal of artistic ability, this is one thing you definitely want to leave to a pro. A graphic designer can create a custom design that can really make your business stand out. Amateur designs are usually obvious, and that can drive business away.

 

Administrative Tasks

Do you sometimes wish you had an administrative assistant but don’t think you have enough work to keep one busy? If you think your business is too small for an administrative assistant, think again. It’s now possible to hire what’s known as a virtual assistant – an administrative assistant who works remotely – that you communicate with primarily through email, telephone, or Skype. With virtual assistants, you only pay for the actual time they spend working on your projects.

 

IT Support

The computers we rely on for so many business tasks sometimes get cranky. They crash, freeze, get viruses, or slow down. Call an IT professional. It’s also a good idea to let a pro handle setting up any systems, and networks. Making sure your computer systems are properly configured can do a lot for your sanity.

 

Data Entry

Any type of repetitive data entry work is something you should definitely consider outsourcing. There are more productive ways to use your time.

 

 

Social Media Marketing

If you don’t have a great social media presence, you are missing out on a great way to market your business. But it takes time to make all of those posts on many different platforms. This is something you can easily outsource. A social media marketer can take care of all of your posts, respond to comments and questions, and make you look great online.

Your time is precious. Why spend it on things that can be outsourced? Outsourcing gives you the ability to get your weekends back, reduce your workload, and keep your sanity as a small business owner. Most importantly, outsourcing allows you to get back to your life.

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