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Five services your business should leave to the professionals

by John Saunders
20th Jun 19 3:35 pm

Do you run your own business? One of the biggest challenges you will face is allocating enough time for all of your business obligations, as discussed at https://gigaom.com/report/survey-how-small-company-leaders-spend-their-time/. This is especially the case when you own a small or mid-size company, which does not have the benefit of deep pockets and a pool of employees. You are thus likely to find yourself over-stretched with responsibilities, or in some cases, paying little attention to some activities. But what if you could ease off the burden by outsourcing some of your business activities.

Benefits of outsourcing business activities

Outsourcing is the practice of using outside professionals to handle some of your in-house business obligations. It can be a great solution for your business if you find yourself with limited time; as it offers several benefits. Below is a look at some of the top benefits of outsourcing business activities and some of the effects spelled out at Forbes:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/deeppatel/2017/07/17/the-pros-and-cons-of-outsourcing-and-the-effect-on-company-culture/#4a2110e1562d:

  • Reduced production cost – in some cases (not all of them) outsourcing can help to save your business money. This is achieved by cutting on some costs such as employee hiring, training, and benefits, cost of some equipment, and capital costs (for investing in infrastructure and resources needed to handle outsourced tasks)
  • Increased efficiency – outsourcing allows you to hire professionals who are specialised in the business tasks you need to be handled. These professionals are trained, skilled, experienced, and knowledgeable about the latest trends, technologies, and trends. As a result, they are able to carry out the outsourced tasks in a more efficient manner. Consequently, this can also lead to higher-quality work (than you would have enjoyed had you handled the business activities in-house).
  • Saving time and allowing you to focus on core business activities – the best resources to outsource are the ones outside your core business mandate. By outsourcing them, you can leave them in the capable hands of professionals. Consequently, this frees up you, your employees, and other business resources, thus allowing you to focus on your core business activities.
  • Competitive advantage – another important reason for outsourcing is when there are business activities that your organisation is not capable of handling. By hiring them out to experienced professionals, you can be able to gain a competitive advantage over the competitors.

Outsourcing, however, does come with some minor drawbacks. Top among them is the fact that you are giving control of some of your business activities to outsiders. There is also the concern for low-quality work, especially when the company/professional you hire is not experienced/reliable. However, with the right company, outsourcing can do wonders for your business.

Five business activities your business should outsource

Now that you know the benefits of outsourcing, below is a look at some of the top business activities that you should hire out to professionals:

  1. Cleaning and maintenance

Cleaning is one of the most important activities in a business, as it promotes a healthy, hygienic, and productive environment for your employees. London’s Master Cleaners spell out how a healthy workplace is always clean in their article at https://www.master-cleaners.co.uk/blog/clean-workplace-healthy-workplace/. However, it is also one of the most often overlooked, and the reason for this is that most businesses do not have the time or expertise to properly clean their offices. It is thus one of the top tasks that should be outsourced to professionals, as doing so can offer your company lots of benefits.

One of the top benefits for outsourcing to a professional cleaning company is that you will leave the work in the hands of professionals. And since these professionals are highly trained and specialised in the art of commercial spaces cleaning, you can count on them to clean your office to the highest health and hygienic standards. As a result, you and your employees will be able to enjoy working in a conducive environment, and without the constant need to worry (or invest resources) in the cleaning and maintenance tasks.

  1. Accounting and bookkeeping

Accounting and bookkeeping are another important activity for any business. Unfortunately, some business owners do not have the necessary skills and experience to handle accounting and bookkeeping tasks. Hiring a dedicated person for the task can also be impossible (due to the limited budget). Outsourcing accounting and bookkeeping tasks, as described by the experts at https://www.outsourcinginsight.com/helping-tips-outsourced-accounting/ to a professional accountant or accounting firm can thus be a great solution for your business.

  1. Marketing

Marketing is another business activity that is vital for any businesses, especially those starting up. Without marketing, a business cannot promote itself (brand, products, and services), which will, in turn, mean no sales and little or no revenue. Unfortunately, despite the importance of marketing, most businesses, especially small and mid-sized ones are not able to efficiently handle the task in-house. This can be due to a number of reasons such as inadequate time (the owner is stretched with the core activities), limited advertising budget, lack of expertise.

Outsourcing marketing activities described in more detail at  https://www.forbes.com/sites/ilyapozin/2014/04/23/leave-it-to-the-experts-should-you-outsource-your-marketing/#7edfbb192393 can thus be a huge boost for any business. To start with, it will help the business increase its awareness, thus leading to more leads and sales. It will also increase the competitive advantage of the business. In addition, it also frees up the business owner (and employees) to focus on other core business activities. And without the need to hire a dedicated team of in-house marketers or invest in expensive marketing tools, outsourcing your marketing efforts can also save you a lot of money.

  1. Web development and design

Nowadays, an online presence is an important requirement for any business if it wants to compete effectively. However, with the ease of creating and designing websites, some business owners opt to go the DIY way. Unfortunately, this can have the undesired effect of leaving you with a less-than-impressive website, which does no favours to your business’ professional image.

Creating your own website can also be time-consuming, especially if you are taking away resources (employees and equipment) from the core business activities. But by outsourcing your web design and development services to an outside firm/contractor, you can be able to focus on more important business tasks. You are also more likely to get a high-quality website when you leave the design and development activities to professionals.

  1. Payroll

Payroll is one business activity that becomes harder to manage as your business expands. The more employees you have, the more time and resources will be required to process monthly payrolls. This can lead to less focus being placed on other business activities, including the core ones. Without qualified and experienced staff, payroll processing can also result in costly mistakes for your business, as highlighted at https://www.fundera.com/blog/payroll-mistakes. It is thus a great idea to outsource your payroll services to an outside firm.

Summary

Are your business resources overstretched, facing limited budget and resources, or lacking experienced staff? Do not worry! By outsourcing some of your business activities, you can be able to concentrate more on the core business tasks. So, no more cumbersome payroll processing, inexperienced marketing efforts, daunting accounting and bookkeeping, and most importantly sorting dirty office desks and working spaces properly, as the experts insist on at https://www.master-cleaners.co.uk/services/office-cleaners/. Simply hire an outside professional to do these activities for you and concentrate on what you do best.

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