These days, help and support for businesses are pretty much everywhere. More and more tasks are becoming automated, making them more efficient, and freelancers are increasingly becoming an essential part of the workforce.
If you are finding that you are spending too much of your valuable time doing particular business tasks or are finding yourself overwhelmed, outsourcing can be a good idea.
However, knowing when to put this into motion can be tricky, and that is what we are going to look at here.
How do you know when your business is ready for outsourcing?
The decision to initiate the outsourcing of business tasks is far from easy. You need to consider your budget, and you also need to consider how willing you are to let go and let somebody step in to give you a hand. We all know that you can not do it alone if you want to achieve success as a small business owner.
These are some of the signs that you and your business are ready to start outsourcing.
You are suffering from burnout
If you find that you are showing many signs of being overloaded, such as snapping at people or always thinking about work even in your free time, outsourcing tasks can help alleviate that pressure by picking up some of the load when you are trying to juggle everything on your plate.
Start by outsourcing some of the most smaller tasks on your plate, such as managing company emails or social media profiles. Handing over just one or two responsibilities can give you so much needed breathing space.
You are spending time on things you hate
As a business owner, there will be tasks that you need to do which you don’t enjoy, and that’s part and parcel of the role. However, if you are spending lots of your time on these jobs, you will end up feeling miserable and resentful about the business you have worked so hard to build. If these tasks are beginning to make you feel like you don’t want to turn up at the office anymore, it may be worth thinking about delegating them to someone else. These might be tasks such as producing invoices or paying bills, two tasks that are crucial to your business’ operation but can easily be done by a third-party on your behalf.
You can’t do the task as well as you would like
To be successful, you need to ensure that all of the tasks that help make your business function are carried out as well as possible, whether human resources, accounting, customer service, website management, or something else. If you can’t do one of these things as well as you would hope – managing social media, for example – then it is time to outsource the task. It may be that the cost of outsourcing your accounting is lower than the time cost you’re spending on the task – so it’s a no brainer. Customers and clients expect the best, so give them the best – even if that means hiring someone else to do it for you.
You don’t have time to grow your business
Have you got a long list of ideas and plans to grow your business but simply don’t have time to put them into motion? If yes, it is a sign that it is time to hand over or delegate some of the tasks that someone else can do.
To grow and flourish, a business needs to be able to come up with innovative ideas and products, and these take time to develop and initiate. Finding time to do this is crucial.
Your business is not as productive as it could be
Are your staff spending more time answering the phone and dealing with minor customer issues than packaging and sending out orders? Is the employee in charge of keeping your website up to date and correctly optimized also updating your social media and answering customer emails? If this is the case, outsource. You may not need a full-time, permanent employee working in-house, but you need someone to at prime times of the year when you are exceptionally busy or maybe just one day a week. This gives your team the chance to focus on the tasks that you hired them to do and to do them properly.
Outsourcing is an incredibly valuable tool in the small business toolbox. It gives you greater flexibility, increased productivity, and enables you to focus on doing the things that your business needs to grow. Yes, it is an additional expense, but it will significantly benefit your business if done at the right time.