Maybe you’ve got mixed feelings about outsourcing. As a business owner, you realize two things. One, in America outsourcing is still a dirty word. Two, it’s also critical to modern business. Regardless of how you feel about it, outsourcing is here to stay. More important, it isn’t all doom and gloom. In fact, outsourcing may be the key to taking your business from the back of your garage to a global enterprise reaching customers on multiple continents.
Here are 5 Business Tasks You Hate and Should Start Outsourcing
Virtual assistants are fully capable of handling almost any (legal) task you can imagine. While at first it may seem strange to pay someone to manage your web traffic reports, screen your phone calls, and organize your online marketing photography library, you may just find that the time you save is well worth what you spend.
While outsourcing your help desk is probably the most clichéd of American business moves, it may be the right choice for your business. And in spite of the bad rap call centers get, the truth is that many outsourced help desk services are reliable, intelligent, and very friendly. Website live chat support is another great outsourcing option which offers 24 hour availability to prospects even if you’re away on business or not available at the moment.
Hire a virtual assistant to put together a spreadsheet of prospects. Provide them clear instructions by creating a set of ‘prospect criteria’ (i.e. real estate companies with really awful websites that are in the Nashville, Tennessee area) and you’re well on your way to building lists that you can establish targeted marketing campaigns for via social media, mailers, cold calling, email marketing and more.
Whether it’s market research or vetting a potential employee, outsourcing research is critical to freeing you up to run your business. Make sure to hire qualified research assistants and/or copywriters who can provide you with the information you need to make smarter decisions without taking a lot of time or money.
Taxes & Payroll
Outsourcing your taxes may not save you money, but it will save you headaches and heartbreaks. Plus it helps having a certified accountant in your corner if you were to get audited. Did you know small business owners claiming deductions are the most heavily audited sector of American society? Outsource this one, and come next February you can relax on your front porch rocking chair knowing you done good.