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4 Functions Small Businesses Should Consider Outsourcing

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Small businesses and start-ups work diligently to cover all bases and deliver the best product or service that they can. Although owners may want to have complete control over all business functions, sometimes it can be to the detriment of the company. 

When limited staff are spread too thin to take care of tasks, some areas of the business are sure to feel the effects. Specialized functions are time-consuming and can hamper the progress of more routine activities. If the end product or service of your business is suffering due to an overwhelming workload, perhaps it’s time to consider outsourcing.

There are many benefits to outsourcing, especially for small businesses. 

Firstly, it gives staff more time to concentrate on the core aspects of the business. Secondly, it improves efficiency, as employees can adequately cover the areas in which they are stronger. Thirdly, outsourcing can be far more cost-effective than hiring full-time staff members. The list of advantages goes on, and certain benefits are specific to every company. 

If your business is struggling to deal with some of these issues, here are four functions that you should consider outsourcing. 

  1. I.T.

Providing I.T. solutions for any business is challenging, particularly if you don’t have the necessary training. Having a qualified and experienced I.T. professional to look after your business network is essential for maintaining and repairing any technology-based operations. 

In the information age, I.T. security is paramount. For the safety of the business, the staff, and customers, adequate data protection and cybersecurity are critical. 

Outsourcing I.T. ensures that these complex aspects of the business are being taken care of effectively. 

  1. Payroll and Accounts

Looking after company finances and staff payroll is a stressful job. The world of tax, rebates, staff deductions, creditors, and debtors can be a minefield for anyone without experience. 

Outsourcing these functions is surprisingly affordable. Professional services can also use their knowledge and expertise to recommend more cost-effective ways of running your business from a financial perspective. 

  1. Web design

If you have an e-commerce business, website look and functionality are two of the most important aspects of your business. It must be designed and maintained at a professional standard. 

If your site plays a complementary role in your business, it’s becoming increasingly important to have a well designed, informative, and authoritative webpage. 

Although you may not need a full-time developer, you should constantly be seeking to improve the effectiveness and functionality of your site. This requires time, experience, and skill. Outsourcing web development can have tremendous impacts on the digital side of your business. 

There are pay monthly websites out there that offer their web development services for a set monthly fee. This may be the perfect option for a start-up or small business. 

  1. Marketing

Certain marketing approaches have very successful track records. Specialized marketing companies lend their services to small businesses and can guarantee results. Outsourced marketing services include copywriting, content creation, graphic design, social media marketing, e-mail marketing, and much more. 

If you’re looking to give your business a fast push with your marketing efforts, outsourcing is a viable option.

 

About the author /


Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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