Are you still answering the phones and posting updates on your business Facebook page? Do you find yourself pulling an all-nighter the night before payday trying to ensure your loyal employees get their paychecks on time? Ever wake up in the middle of the night worried about vicious malware attacks on your network server?
If so, then you need to stop trying to manage everything yourself and start outsourcing services to qualified experts.
Believe it or not, there are people who enjoy accounts payable and receivables. You’ve been building your business yourself for so long, maybe it never occurred to you that you don’t need to answer every phone call and email yourself.
Don’t worry if the thought of outsourcing sounds overwhelming, we’re going to break it down for you. Keep reading to find the top 10 services you should be outsourcing so you can get back to what you do best.
1. Accounting and Payroll
You didn’t start your business looking forward to spending all your time focusing on your accounting. But yet there you were once again, paying a penalty for filing your taxes late. Stop paying late fees, stop worrying about getting your payroll out to your employees, and stop manually entering your receipts. Outsource your taxes, automate your expense accounting, and decrease your costs in late fees by outsourcing your accounting.
2. Information Technology
From remote desk support to helping with large projects and offering monthly management services, a quality IT support specialist can ensure your tech stack is taken care of. Do you worry that your network security is at risk? Who do you turn to when you have questions about hackers, phishing attacks, or malware?
Without quality IT consultants, you could be spending too much time worrying about your website maintenance and losing out on finding your next big client.
Don’t tackle your next big infrastructure installation without an expert in your corner to ensure everything is done right. Outsource your IT today so you can focus on your business instead.
3. Content Marketing
From your blog posts to your weekly email blasts to your Instagram stories, you’re likely drowning in content creation as a business owner. But these tasks don’t need to be done by you, hire a content marketing specialist to handle your outbound marketing so you can get back to running your business and not your website.
4. Customer Service
Your phone is ringing off the hook and your inbox is filling up fast. But you don’t have to be the one answering these incoming messages or putting out the fires. Outsource your customer support to a call center or hire your own customer service specialist.
5. Administrative Tasks
Are you still handling all your administrative tasks such as filling your calendar and posting on social media? Then you need to hire a virtual assistant to help you with this. Clone yourself by outsourcing these tasks and start tackling income-producing activities instead.
6. Email Management
Tim Ferris is famous for admitting that he doesn’t check his email often. And if you’re a solopreneur then you likely don’t need to be constantly checking your either. Let your virtual assistant be your gatekeeper and use auto-responders on the weekends. Your VA can delete the many useless emails you didn’t need, reply to the low-level emails, and forward on to your the truly important ones that you need to respond to.
7. Shipping and Logistics
Dropshipping is changing the face of small business shipping. Don’t let your garage become a warehouse for your small business. Outsource your shipping and logistics so you can focus on making more sales.
8. Website Design and Maintenance
To keep your website optimized and to keep it from getting hacked, you need to maintain your website. But this doesn’t mean it needs to happen by you personally. Outsource your website design and maintenance so you can get back to your higher ROI activities.
9. Anything Outside Your Zone of Genius
You started your business because you’re an expert in your industry. But now you’re spending all your time juggling payroll, shipping, and keeping your website up to date. Stop working outside your zone of genius and start outsourcing anything that you’re not an expert in.
10. Start Outsourcing Services You Can’t Automate
Automation and systems will shave hours off your day. If you’re looking to create more time in your schedule so you can get more done, then you either need to automate or delegate. If you can’t automate, outsource it today.
Take Back Your Time and Your Business With Outsourcing
Stop spending all your time on these low ROI tasks, outsource them, and move on to the things that interest and excite you. Remember why you started your business in the first place? Get back to that so you can enjoy your business again.
Until you can clone yourself, you will need to outsource those tasks that don’t bring you joy and bring in the money. Stop working in your business and get back to working on your business. You’re the CEO of your small business. You shouldn’t still be answering every email and maintaining the security of your network.
Add more hours to your day and improve your bottom line by outsourcing services that don’t need to be done by you personally. For more great information about this and other awesome topics, check out the other articles on our blog.