Owning your own business can be extremely rewarding. The satisfaction of knowing that all of your long hours and hard work are directly benefiting you and not nameless, faceless executives is priceless. But, is your business everything that you thought it would be?
If you are among the many millions of people who own a home-based business, you like so many others likely started by following a dream. When you began your business what was your vision? Was it finding independence from bosses, having the potential for unlimited income, or was it simply to be able to spend more time with your family. Whatever your goals were, have you managed to achieve them? Do you wake up each morning with the knowledge that you are doing something that you enjoy, and by extension, something at which you excel?
If not, you should ask yourself a few important questions. What are your priorities for your business? What are the tasks that you enjoy most? What are the duties that bring the greatest revenue to your business? Now think about the answers to these questions. What if you could take some of the other duties, the ones you find most tedious, off of your plate? Imagine being able to use the time saved to concentrate on those aspects of your business that generate the most profit, or that you enjoy the most.
Until recently, it was not economically feasible for most home-based business owners to delegate many of these undesirable tasks to additional employees. But, with the internet-based technology that is available today, it’s no longer necessary to hire staff. There are many duties that can be outsourced to provide extra time that can be used on these more desirable obligations. For example:
Financial matters can be tended to by an Accountant or a Bookkeeper.
Website design and maintenance can be handled by a Web Designer.
Administrative duties can be looked after by a Virtual Assistant.
Search engine optimization can be taken care of by an Internet Marketer.
And, there are many other options available to you. Doing an internet search for the task(s) you would like outsourced should provide you with a large selection of companies or individuals to whom you can outsource. The cost for these services doesn’t have to be astronomical. You can contract work per project, per hour, or for more regular assistance, on a monthly basis. Outsourcing some of the activities you enjoy least, might actually allow you to increase your income. It is estimated that the average small business owner spends up to 3 hours of every 8 hour work day on administrative tasks. How much more money could you make if you could spend this time on profit earning tasks? How much more would you enjoy your work if you didn’t have to perform the duties you dislike?
There are very few tasks that can’t be outsourced. This is not to say that you should go out and hire an Accountant, a Bookkeeper, a Virtual Assistant and a Website Designer. But, if you find you are spending too much time on bookkeeping and you can’t stand it, find the right person and contract work to them. If you know you should be article marketing, but you can’t stand writing, hire a professional Writer or a Virtual Assistant.
Evaluate what you love about your business and what tasks earn you the most profit and focus on these. Outsource as little or as much as you see fit. It could be the approach you have been looking for to have your business reach its true potential. Don’t let the fact that you don’t have the resources to hire staff impede your business’ growth. In this technological age, virtual contracting is becoming quite common. By getting the right help, your business can be the dream you envisioned when you started it.