You’re in the beginning stages of your business, and you have a lot on your plate. You’re trying to find funding, perfecting your marketing strategy, finding customers, managing employees – there’s just so much to do! However, there are many tasks that startups should outsource to professionals to free up time for more critical work. This blog post will go over five tasks startup businesses should consider outsourcing.
Tax and Accounting
Once your business starts to make money, you will need to keep track of it. First, the tax reporting needs to be done at the end of each year, which can take a lot of time if not properly organized! Then once your company is profitable, you’ll also want an accountant for help with income taxes. Running a startup also requires an understanding of cash flow, balance sheets, and budgets.
Accounting functions can be outsourced to an accounting agency that will prepare financial statements for your business for a monthly fee. A third-party accountant can also help you determine whether your company’s profitability is being maximized or not. Again, this is something that might require the expertise of an experienced professional rather than trying yourself.
Marketing and Sales
Your startup business might be great, but nobody knows about it. While you could hire a marketing firm to do the work for you, this can get expensive very quickly. Instead, consider hiring an independent contractor or consultant with experience with social media, search engine optimization (SEO), email marketing, etc. The advantage of using a consultant is the diverse experience they typically can bring to the table.
Hiring a consultant will also allow you to focus on your core business and the areas where you might have more expertise. This is an excellent way for growing companies to outsource their marketing efforts without spending too much money in the process.
Visual Content Creation
If you’re like many startups, you might not have the budget to hire an in-house photographer for your photoshoots. Instead, consider using a freelance photographer or videographer. Employing a visual content creator can be tricky. First, startups need to determine if the provider will match their creative vision.
Creating visual content is also time-consuming, so make sure to read the fine print on any contract you sign. You’ll want to understand your deliverables and how much it will cost for each before committing yourself. Additionally, consider asking about retainer fees or the availability of additional services if needed in future months.
Customer Service and Support
Once your startup business starts to grow, you will have a lot of people who need help on the phone. While this might not seem like an important task at first, it can be extremely draining for your employees if they constantly deal with angry customers. So instead, consider hiring a call center or outsourcing customer service and support to a third party specializing in sales support, technical support, etc.
Online Reputation Management
The internet never forgets. If you or your employees do something stupid, it will live forever on the web – even if you delete it! This is why having an excellent online reputation management strategy in place can be so important. For example, you could hire an independent contractor specializing in search engine optimization (SEO) to help with this or use online reputation management services to ensure your best possible online presence is out there.
In conclusion, many tasks might be worth outsourcing to professionals. Whether it’s tax and accounting, marketing, or customer service, a little help can go a long way toward helping your startup business succeed!