Owning a small business is a busy job. You want to be successful, give great customer service, build a good reputation and earn a decent profit.
In addition to running your business there are lots of jobs that you probably didnâ€™t realise would take up so much of your time each month. These could be tasks such as doing your accounts, filing your VAT return, paying invoices, sending out invoices and chasing them each month for payment. If you have employees then you will have auto-enrolment, PAYE and payroll queries.
As a result, there may be times when you feel overwhelmed with the amount of work you have to achieve. You may feel that you donâ€™t have time to get on with actually running your business. It is at this point that you should think about outsourcing to a third party or consultant, with a legal consultancy agreement in place this can be a straightforward way to free up some of your own time. Here are three of the most common positions you might find yourself outsourcing to other companies.
1. Web developer
Outsourcing your website may appear costly at first; however, you could spend a long time attempting to build your website and then have to give up and pass it to an expert to do for you. Think of the amount of your own time you would have wasted.
2. Administration executive
Administration and accounts have to be completed within any small business. Some tasks are relentless, such as outstanding invoices and updating your website or social media sites. E-mails and phone calls from customers or clients must be met with a swift response if you are to develop a good reputation.
Both you and your small business will benefit from outsourcing tasks such as these. A company or a freelance virtual assistant will be more than capable of undertaking these roles. The benefit for you is that you only pay for them when you need them. The cost ranges from Â£15 to Â£40 per hour, depending on what you need them to do.
3. SEO manager
Most business is conducted online nowadays, and if you want people to find you on Google, you need to ensure that your website is optimised.
Outsource your SEO to someone who has good recommendations and references. If their clients' companies are continuously displayed near the top of search engines, then you can be rest assured that they know their stuff.