Outsourcing is something that can benefit most businesses. Not only does it help reduce the workload on your plate, but it’s also an essential element of successful business growth. But there are different types of outsourcing and they’re largely dependent on the needs of your business. So before you start outsourcing it pays to know what those types are, as well as if they’re right for you.
If you’re not quite sure of why you should be outsourcing at all, take a look at this recent blog. It gives you seven great reasons to outsource, no matter how big or small your budget may be. But if you’ve already established that you want to get started and want to know what types of outsourcing would benefit your business most, keep reading!
Business administration is the top thing to outsource in your business
Business administration is a good place to start when it comes to outsourcing. You can hire a Virtual Assistant (VA) for just a few hours a month initially, to help manage your calendar and emails, as well as your back office administration. Once you’ve both settled in working together, you can look to have them set up and implement better administration systems and processes, to further streamline the running of your business.
Outsource to gain professional support
Professional support is another type of outsourcing you’ll benefit from. There are two key areas involved here – IT and accounts. An IT professional can help provide you with solutions and support when needed, including the set-up and maintenance of your website. A bookkeeper and/or accountant is also essential, especially when it comes to filing tax returns, managing your books and if you’re VAT registered or heading towards it.
Customer service tasks can be outsourced
Customer service can make or break a business, so you want to focus some serious attention on yours. That’s why it’s a good idea to outsource customer service tasks to a VA. They can help with so many different tasks including setting up automated processes, managing your online chats, emails, support queries and client appointments, as well as client, follow-up.
Outsource the management of your business
The management of your business is also something you can outsource if you wish. Here at Virtual Hand, we can manage the day-to-day running of your business for you. This includes managing your in-house and remote team, hiring new team members and being the central point of contact for the different departments within your business. This is incredibly useful if you want to take a step back or free up your time to spend with your family or focus on a specific project. We can also overhaul your systems and processes, and see where improvements can be made to improve efficiency and productivity across the board.
Sales funnels and automations
Another task that can be heavy going is the setting up of sales funnels and automations. Not only is it something that can have a steep learning curve, but it’s also very time-consuming. It often includes tasks such as creating and setting up lead generation, automated email sequences and list segmentation, as well as the creation of lead pages and sales funnels and post-sale automation sequences. With so many different elements involved, it’s often easier and more cost-effective for you to hand it all over to a VA to create and manage for you.
Specific project management and implementation
There are often one-off projects, such as web design, moving from one platform to another, and the creation of SOPs manuals, that can become all-consuming tasks. Often, they’re the type of task that not only take a lot of time to set up but also require a certain level of skill to complete and often have many different elements within them too. So why not hand the entire project over to your VA to complete for you? Often they’ll complete it faster and to a higher standard than you could achieve on your own.
Outsourcing Marketing and PR
Whether you’re talking about social media or marketing and promotion, there’s a lot to the marketing and PR of your business. That’s why it pays to have a complete marketing and PR campaign to refer back to. So if you’re looking for someone to create and manage your social media accounts, marketing campaigns, paid advertising, PR campaigns and enquiries, outsourcing is the perfect solution.
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If you’re ready to embrace outsourcing and want to discuss the different options available to you, why not get in touch? We’re here to help ease your overwhelm, reduce your workload and free up your time so you can spend it doing what you’re good at and what you want. So let’s chat and see how we can best help you achieve your goals and grow your business – you’ll find the link to book a chat here.