10 TASKS TO OUTSOURCE IN YOUR FIRST YEAR OF BUSINESS
As a small business owner, you might often find yourself wearing many different hats. From bookkeeper to marketer to designer to whatever it is that you actually specialize in. Things can get a bit much!
They say time is money, so if you want to have more time and make more money, you should consider outsourcing some work as soon as you can afford it.
A wise person once told me, “You don’t have to work on your business all the time, but someone or something has to”. This means that your business should never take a rest. After you clock out for the day, there needs to be either someone else working on your business or some kind of automation system set in place.
By the way, when I say outsource, I don’t necessarily mean hire a human being. If you can afford a virtual assistant to have on call for all those tasks you wish to outsource, perfect. However, there are other ways to outsource some of your tasks.
When I say “something needs to be working on your business” I’m referring to any kind of automation tools. These could be social media scheduling apps and anything else similar to that.
If you’re ready to get some help but aren’t sure what to outsource first, here’s a list of tasks to begin with.
1. SOCIAL MEDIA POSTING
This is a perfect example of setting up an automation system in place. If you don’t have a V.A., simply pick a scheduling app to assist you. All you have to do is pre-schedule your posts and the app will do the rest of the work for you.
2. WEBSITE DESIGN
You must have known I was going to mention this one right? (wink, wink)
If you don’t have creative design skills, don’t waste your time. You’ll just be frustrated because it’ll take up way too much of your precious time to learn everything. Plus, your website will most likely not be set up for success if you don’t know how to make it convert. Hire an expert and set yourself up for success right from the start.
3. WEBSITE SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION
Again, if you want your site to be performing for you while you sleep, you must make sure it’s set up properly from the start.
Most people are intimidated by having to study and research SEO. If that’s you, hire someone to help you out. I have an SEO package that will be a good place for you to start.
4. CONTENT CREATION
Creating regular content is a very important part of any online business. Is this a struggle for you? There are people who are willing to do this for you. Just ask for sample posts before hiring someone to ensure you like their style of writing.
5. EMAIL MANAGEMENT
Sending regular emails to your subscribers is a must, but can you keep up? Again, with this example, it can be as simple as pre-scheduling a bunch of campaigns at once so you don’t have to worry about it for a while.
6. ARTWORK CREATION
If you need any kind of artwork designed, there are many talented people who can help you out with that.
Also, a good resource is Creative Market if you’re looking for something pre-made and ready to download right away. Try not to get addicted. J
7. BOOKKEEPING & TAXES
Ah the dreaded filing of taxes, need I say more?
Every business requires some type of research every now and then. If you’re not careful, this can be a huge time waster. Why not delegate this task to a virtual assistant?
9. CUSTOMER SERVICE
If your business involves dealing with many different customers, you might want to hire someone to stay on top of you inbox. Please don’t be the person who just doesn’t have time to reply to emails and ignores customer inquiries. It will cost you future business! Hire someone who can keep an eye on these emails and make sure customers are answered within 24-48 hours.
10. TRAVEL PLANNING
Last but not least, if you have a trip coming up and don’t want to spend time looking for the best deals on flight tickets and accommodations, talk to a travel agent to take this task off your hands.
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