Let’s face it- business owners have a lot of trivial tasks to take care of each day. Between both personal tasks and those within the small business, a smart entrepreneur will outsource all of the tasks they can! This allows them to focus on working on the company instead of in the company.
So what are the best jobs to outsource? It depends on the business owner, but these are safe bets:
Job #1: Bookkeeping
Tracking revenues and expenses can be a very tedious, boring job. It can also take a lot of time, which is the one thing that every business owner lacks.
A good bookkeeper is very inexpensive compared to the opportunity of the time spent digging through these numbers. Depending on the type of expertise you’re looking for, you can expect to pay anywhere from $12 to $30 an hour.
Paying $30 an hour may sound like a lot, but they may only need to work for you one or two hours a month! And if they save you 5 hours of your own time, that’s a great tradeoff.
Job #2: Writing
Blog posts, informational articles, press releases, eBooks… there are millions and millions of words published every single day. The written word is a great way to reach new people and clients.
The downside? Writing takes time.
Fortunately, there are millions of people out there that just love writing. They don’t necessarily care what they write about- they just like being in front of a keyboard.
It makes sense to outsource most of your writing to these folks. Let them do the time-intensive writing for your business, so you can focus on marketing and growth.
Job #3: Graphic Design
It might be painful for artists to hear this, but graphic designers, like writers, are a dime-a-dozen. There are tens of thousands of people out there who are great at designing graphics thanks to their education or just their interest in the subject.
The problem is that graphic design takes a long time to master. If a business owner tries to do their own graphics, they’re going to waste a lot of time just learning the mechanics of graphics.
Instead, it makes more sense to just pay someone who knows what they’re doing. Whether you go on Fiverr or someplace more expensive like 99Designs, get someone else to do this heavy lifting for you!
Job #4: Customer Service
Lots of entrepreneurs start a business to make a difference in the world. They have this idea that they’ll do all of their own customer service, because they want to always stay in direct contact with the customer.
…but at what cost?
Customer service will, as your business grows, start to take up a lot of time. This is especially true if you sell lower-priced products, because the people who buy these products often feel entitled to more than they received.
Instead, outsource your customer service. Paying someone to spend even just a few hours a week helping your customers is a much better alternative than doing this low-profit activity yourself.