Need more time to grow your business? Outsourcing can help manage necessary but time-consuming business admin for you, so you can focus on what’s important. Whether you need support with marketing and accounting to help your business run smoothly or you need a short-term solution to staff training, outsourcing could be the answer.
First, let’s understand the meaning of outsourcing. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the definition is to ‘obtain by contract from an outside supplier’ and to ‘contract work out.’ This could mean payroll outsourcing, IT outsourcing, or even outsourcing business processes and HR as your business grows.
As a small business owner, chances are you’ll be used to working on every part of running your business, from sales and marketing to actually delivering the service or product itself. If you’re finding you don’t have the time or skills to do certain tasks, it may be time to consider outsourcing. Here are just a few ideas of processes and functions that you can easily outsource to help you grow your small business.
Outsourcing means you can scale your business up and down depending on the need, without having to spend money and time hiring and training new staff. Other benefits include:
The nature of outsourcing means you’re relying on a third party to meet the high standards you set for your business, so you need to be sure you use a provider you can trust. Disadvantages could include:
To help mitigate some of these risks, it’s important to have a clear service level agreement (SLA) with your providers so you can set the level of service you expect. You don’t want to risk losing money or even reputational damage with your clients if your provider isn’t up to scratch. A SLA makes sure everyone is clear of their responsibilities. It also means you can set measures of performance so you know if the arrangement is working or not – and the penalties if the agreement isn’t met.
Remember, it's important to consider your profit margin when deciding whether to outsource part of your business. Think about money and time that it could save you. If you think it'll help your business in the long run then it may be a good option for your business.
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