There is no need for someone to come into your workplace, and they don’t even have to live in the same country. As a startup, there are probably a lot of things that you need to do on a daily basis and not enough time to do them all.
Here are some tasks that your startup should outsource to make your life easier.
1. Content Creation
No matter what your business is, you are going to need to market it. That means a lot of things, including creating content for your website and social media feeds.
A good SEO strategy should involve having authoritative content on your site that uses keywords and link building to climb up search engine ranks. As algorithms get more sophisticated, they can tell the difference between quality content and not.
Outsourcing to a writer will ensure that your site will always have well-written content. Not only that, but it is very time-intensive, and you need to conserve yours.
Bookkeeping and accounting involve very particular skills that not everyone has.
If you are running a business, a mistake in your bookkeeping can lead to disaster. You could end up with inaccurate projections, fewer funds to pay your employees, and you could also look dishonest.
To avoid this, you want professionals handling your finances. Virtual bookkeeping companies have experienced and knowledgeable experts who can take your current business finance processes and turn them into coherent data.
They are accurate and efficient so that you always have the information you need without any mistakes.
3. Customer Service and Reception Tasks
You need to stay connected with your customers. You want to make sure that all of their questions are answered and their concerns are addressed.
However, answering calls can take up a lot of time out of your day. Even if a call is short, it can interrupt what you are doing and ruin your momentum on a task.
By outsourcing your reception, you can make sure that your customers can always talk to someone representing your company. They can answer simple questions, redirect calls to the right person, and take messages as well. That way you can make sure that you spend your time growing your business and only take the calls that you absolutely have to.
4. IT Tasks
Having a startup means using any number of technological solutions to get your work done. This can include your email software, file sharing, cloud storage, and any software solutions that you may purchase.
It can get confusing and time-consuming to make sure that everything is working properly and that everyone has access to what they need.
By outsourcing your IT needs, you can ensure that you have expert help at all times with all of your technology issues. They can set up new emails, manage licenses, fix bugs on your website, and anything else you might have.
You may have a technological background, or you may not have extensive IT needs. However, outsourcing means never having to worry about making mistakes with technology, and not having to spend your own time on it.
5. Human Resources
With startups, most often the human resources role is taken on by the owner or primary executive. When you have a small staff, it isn’t an efficient use of funds to hire someone full-time for that work.
However, you can always outsource your HR needs to external experts. They can handle things like benefits, code of conduct compliance, employment recruitment, and training.
HR can be a sensitive matter, so you want to make sure that you have it done right, and that your employees and yourself are protected. Outsourcing will make sure that happens.
6. Shipping and Storage Tasks
Just because your startup involves shipping products, it does not mean you have to have a warehouse and staff on location. In fact, you can work out of the comfort of your own home.
Outsourcing shipping is a great way for you to focus on building your business by marketing and making connections while allowing logistics specialists to handle the details. You can rent out space in a warehouse with a shipping dock, and the team there will deal with all of your shipping needs for you.
While it is exciting to have a startup, there is no doubt a lot to do. Luckily, it has never been easier to outsource tasks that either would be too expensive or inefficient to hire for or that you do not have time to do yourself. Outsourcing allows you to do what you do best and leaves the rest up to the experts.
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I am Adeyemi Adetilewa, a media consultant, entrepreneur, husband, and father. Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Ideas Plus Business Magazine, online business resources for entrepreneurs. I help brands share unique and impactful stories through the use of public relations, advertising, and online marketing. My work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Addicted2Success, Hackernoon, The Good Men Project, and other publications.