Any leader faces the same decision each and every day: which tasks do I need to complete today, and what can I delegate to other team members? This question applies to meetings, to writing, to smaller decisions, and more.
Small business owners face this decision to an even greater degree: which parts of my business should I handle in-house, and which parts can be outsourced to others who are experts in their field?
Outsourcing: A Cost-Saving Measure
According to Digital Minds International, outsourcing IT can often be a productive and cost-saving measure for small businesses everywhere:
“Small businesses don’t have the resources to fully support all of their IT infrastructure needs. The present in-house staff is most likely very busy putting out day-to-day fires. One statistic suggests 65% of IT budgets go to nothing more than keeping the lights on. In short, staff is busy making sure the printer works or reloading a PC infected by a virus after an employee fell for a phishing email. This means that small firm’s expenditures on IT are not improving operational, efficiency, or enhancing productivity or competitiveness.”
In other words, it isn’t usually an effective choice to keep all IT tasks in-house. Instead, many small businesses could enjoy greater efficiency – and therefore greater competitiveness – by outsourcing everything from data management to WordPress website design.
So how can outsourcing these specific tasks save you time and money?
Save Money By Outsourcing Highly Skilled Tasks
If you own a small business, chances are you don’t need a full time website designer, graphic designer, or WordPress manager. Your website may need a few updates every week, but you can’t justify bringing on board another team member with the accountant. At the same time, you probably don’t have the experience that it takes to create a polished, user-friendly website.
This is where outsourcing comes in. From copywriting to accounting to web design, small businesses can take the headache and questions out of these specialized skills by bringing them to someone who knows what they are doing.
An expert in WordPress, web design, or even social media can take a fraction of the time to either design a website from scratch or make the changes that you need each week. This saves you, as the small business owner, both time and money.
Save Time By Outsourcing Repetitive Tasks
As a small business owner, there is no doubt that you have a lot on your plate. You may find that you are overwhelmed with some of the day to day tasks of your business, or that you let some marketing, blogging or copywriting tasks fall by the wayside. Again, this is where outsourcing comes in.
There are both freelancers and other small businesses dedicated to taking on the repetitive tasks that you, as a small business owner, may not have time for.
More often than not, you’ll find that others can complete these tasks for less than the amount of money you are able to make by freeing up your time for other, more customer-focused tasks.
Think through the tasks you have ahead this week, and then think again.