Starting a business as a sole trader means having to do every single thing within that business yourself; it means working all the hours you can, not spending any time with your family or friends, stressing and becoming unproductive and generally not enjoying what you are doing. At least, that’s why some business owners seem to think. The truth is, owning and running a business, even if you are the only person working in it, doesn’t have to take over your life and make it unhappy or stressful. Outsourcing is the ideal way to stay on top of everything and relieve the pressure you have put on yourself to get everything done.
Outsourcing simply means hiring someone else – ideally a professional – to do some of your work for you. You will need to pay them, but since it will usually be on an ad hoc basis, the costs should be achievable. So here are the reasons why outsourcing in business can help you massively.
Perhaps the most important reason to outsource in business is that it will give you more time. As a sole business owner, you will be pulled this way and that, and you might not be sure which tasks to take on and complete first. The more this happens, the less productive you will be, and in the end your reputation (as well as your health) will suffer.
By outsourcing some of your business to those who can do it efficiently, quickly, and correctly, you will free up more of your time to work on the things you want and need to do yourself – you can work on the real core of the business, whether that is planning weddings, dog walking, childcare, or anything else.
Get It Done Right
Not everyone is naturally gifted when it comes to accounting, marketing, or PR, for example. Yet as a business owner, you are expected, at least when you first start, and you are the only person working in your business, to be able to do all of this to ensure growth and visibility.
Outsourcing doesn’t necessarily mean contacting individuals to do your job for you. It can also mean finding the right tools that can help you get your job done efficiently the first time around. Time-saving alternatives that don’t compromise on quality will save you stress, time and money. For example, invest in an e-commerce service to help manage your online shop, or, should you work in the engineering industry, consider whether your design tools are up to date, and reach out to professional companies such as Altium for your PCB design needs.
This is another reason to outsource. You can find experts who know exactly what it takes to write a great Facebook post or how to create a marketing campaign that works, or who can deal with your taxes efficiently without making any errors. Despite having to pay for these people to work for you, the price is worth it since you can be sure that the job will be done well and, if you really do not have the skills required, you know that they will do it better than you ever could, which is a bonus for your business.
Some business owners might put off outsourcing even when they really do need to because they are worried about losing control. It can be a concern when they let someone else deal with aspects of the business that they have been working on up until now, even if they themselves didn’t enjoy the task.
Yet outsourcing actually allows you to keep control over everything that is happening. Rather than working on individual aspects of the business, you will instead oversee what other people are doing. This gives you more control that you had before because you can look at things objectively and make sure that everyone is working in the way you want them to.
by: Umer Mahmood