Outsourcing is often mistakenly seen as something larger or more established businesses do, but it’s ideal for small business owners too. Regardless of whether you’re new or established if you’re looking to get more from your business, you need to consider outsourcing. It’s not something that just has a positive impact on your business, it can be a positive experience in your personal life too.
The benefits of outsourcing
Many small business owners put themselves under undue pressure and stress, trying to go it alone. They feel they need to do everything, as it’s their business – and this eats into their available time. Outsourcing is seen as something that can be expensive and complicated to start, whilst others may even be afraid to outsource to someone that’s not directly involved in the business.
And any stress you’re feeling at work will impact on your personal life too. It may even be your personal life tasks that you need help with! Often, these tasks tend to be left to slide, because work is taking up your time. But the beauty of outsourcing is you have the opportunity to work with PAs and other outsourcers who are equally happy to manage any home or work-based task for you.
The benefits of outsourcing are numerous, including how it can save you time (check out How you can find 10 hours of work you shouldn’t be doing) and help you focus on what you’re good at (check out Are you trying to be an expert in every area of your small business?).
Pick one task to outsource
Outsourcing is not rocket science and it’s so easy to get started. You just need to decide to make a start.
Pick just one little task that you want to give to someone else to do. It could be anything – from scheduling a dental appointment, finding a yoga class or paying a bill, through to transcribing your meeting notes, chasing outstanding invoices, coordinating meetings or drafting an agenda and circulating it.
If you’re stuck for ideas on what type of task to hand over to someone else, here are some tasks you can easily outsource. Just remember, that one task isn’t going to break the bank. It’s also not that difficult to hand over – the key is to learn how to delegate effectively.
Build on your outsourcing success
Then, once you’ve successfully delegated one task, don’t stop there. Build on that success. Look at what other tasks you can delegate out to a PA. Create a list of tasks you don’t enjoy doing or aren’t currently doing, as well as the tasks you’re currently doing that aren’t in your zone of genius and start outsourcing them.
Outsourcing is something that will make all the difference to your small business if you learn to embrace it. It not only frees up your time, but it also enables you to grow your business faster and more efficiently, as you gain access to additional skills and an extra pair of hands.
And if you’re looking for the ideal PA to be that extra pair of hands, why not get in touch? Let’s have a chat and see how outsourcing some of your tasks will help make all the difference in your small business – because it genuinely will and you’ll be left wondering why you didn’t outsource earlier.