Running your own business, while rewarding, can be very tough. There’s a lot to get done every day that doesn’t seem to involve providing a service to your customers, yet your business doesn’t seem to run without it. This is especially tough when your business consists of just you.
To make life easier, there are some parts of your business that you can leave to others. For example, if you own a construction business, you can outsource estimating services to perform your estimates. However, as a new business owner, you need to keep your expenses to a minimum. The decision then is which parts you are better off doing yourself and what should be left to the experts. This will be different for everybody, as we all have different weaknesses and strengths, but here are a few areas you can typically save the most time on for the least amount of expense.
1. Building your own website
This is an easy trap to fall into. Not only is it correct you can put together something in WordPress in an afternoon, but it’s also very tempting. However, unless you are very proficient in the use of whatever theme you choose for your website, the results can look like they were created by an amateur.
The results can look passable, and it will save you some money. But, it is worth remembering that this will be the first impression a prospective customer gets of your business, so it needs to look good. You might well be putting time, money, and effort into getting people to your site (more on that in a minute), and the last thing you want is for them to click away because your website is poor.
2. IT services
Unless your entire admin system consists of a few hastily scribbled notes on the back of a fuel receipt, you should consider this one carefully. You might think IT systems are things that only concern large corporations, but you need to think again. According to one Melbourne IT Support company, regardless of what you do or how big your business is, you will be reliant to some extent on keeping your computers and the software on them running, and the data they process safe.
It might ‘just’ be your appointments, your invoicing software, and your customer database – but where would you be if it suddenly disappeared? It’s something you could take care of yourself, but just like your website, it’s something you probably shouldn’t. Instead, get a company like Vtech Support, Inc to keep your data safe.
3. Social media
A new social media platform seems to pop up every few months, each of them as indispensable as the last and all very time consuming to fill with content. Many business owners/operators have trouble keeping up with the daily grind of social media and having time to run their businesses, so outsourcing this should be given serious consideration.
It also might not cost as much as you think. Whereas you might spend two or three hours putting things together, an expert could probably do the same in a third of the time. This way, you can generate the same number of leads as before and still have time to provide a service to your customers.