How to Outsource in Small Businesses Apr 5, 2018
For many small business owners, you do it all. You wear the hat of an accountant, sales person, marketer, administrator and receptionist, the list goes on and on.
Depending on your size, hiring new employees to assist in these tasks may not be the right move for you. Would an ‘away’ team, ready at your disposal be something you’ve considered?
Although you might have scepticism giving up some of these tasks, outsourcing can be an easy way to restore some of that elusive work-life balance. Common misconceptions are that outsourcing is an undertaking exclusively available for larger businesses, not anymore. With technology now supporting most aspects of your work to be done remotely, why not think about outsourcing the next time your plate becomes too full?
Here at SBA we work with clients of all sizes, from sole traders to national companies, for the entrepreneurs in our midst, here are some popular ways clients utilise our services;
Outsourcing to meet demand spikes – We understand that your work load may fluctuate depending on the time of year, this could be due to seasonal or unforeseen circumstances arising. This can make it difficult to employ permanent staff in a growing business.
Pinpoint your weak spots – When making the decision to outsource, although we might hate admitting it, it is important to pinpoint areas of the business in which you are struggling to find hours of the day. This could be anything from; bookkeeping, writing blog articles, designing & maintaining a website or admin work. These are all areas SBA works with our clients to help improve their efficiency.
What is most time consuming? – For a small business owner, your time is your most important resource. An easy way to start outsourcing is to analyse which process driven tasks are bogging you down in your day to day work. For example, we work with many clients in the legal profession who outsource time-consuming activities such as conveyancing or dictation to free them up to concentrate on more technical legal tasks and client care.
Let us fit into your processes – At SBA, we have recognised the most rewarding partnerships grow when we work with you to fit into your current workflow, rather than reinventing the wheel. A good outsourcing partner will insist on fitting into your current process rather than disrupting it.
If you are an entrepreneur who has never considered outsourcing as part of your future, hopefully this has turned the light bulb on to the possibilities. If you want to discuss the ways outsourcing can be tailored to your business, don’t hesitate to contact us.