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When you switch from working with or for someone else to working for yourself, there is a lot of great stuff that comes with it. You can make your timetable, choose your working hours, and make your work as flexible as you need it to be.
Late nights only if you need to, and early mornings because you work best.
Over time though, you will quickly learn that one of the most important things you can do for your business, and your sanity, is to streamline as much as possible.
So, where do you start when outsourcing, and what areas will make the most significant positive impact?
Every business will have a set of tasks that they have to do often. Those everyday tasks are likely taking up much more of your time than you should be spending.
Look at what your information is telling you.
An excellent way to start tracking this more effectively is by using a time tracking app for each task you do in your day.
Once you have completed a few weeks for work, look at where you are spending the most time - and do you make money from those hours spent?
As an example, if you are running your social media, but your graphic design skills and thinking up snappy captions are limited, this is a perfect example of somewhere you could be outsourcing.
Any task that you are not very good at, which is why it takes you a long time to complete, could be handed off to someone who will be faster and more efficient.
Look at how long you spend on this task, and then you will see the value in paying someone else to do it better.
Aside from social media content, if you have a business blog that seems to be soaking up time and not giving you much in the way of return, this is another area that could be used.
Your content is the main thing that will bring organic traffic to your website, and if the content is poor or inconsistent, then you are effectively wasting your time.
Outsourcing content isn’t challenging; many content services can provide regular content at a great price and will see results.
If you want to grow your business, you need to put as much energy into maintaining clients as you do into lead generation. Can you do both effectively? Most likely not without cutting some corners.
Customer services calls and lead generation can be in the same camp - these are both things that can be done by someone else.
You will need to provide a script to the freelancer or virtual assistant managing your lead generation and take over when the time comes to a close.
Streamlining your business is all about freeing up your time so that everything you do makes money and adds value. Outsourcing is the no.1 way to achieve both of those goals.
If outsourcing has got you dreaming of ways to conquer the world, check out Benefits of Having an Outsourced Sales Team - Run The Money.
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