Many people cringe when they hear the word “outsourced,” but it’s a way that you can experience rapid business growth because you are able to get more done at a much lower cost than if you hired a team in your office.
There are plenty of qualified people and companies that offer an outsource solution. You just have to take your time and make sure the people and services you use fit your needs. Use these five suggestions to leverage the power of outsourcing to help grow your business.
Hire a Virtual Assistant
Having a personal assistant is something most business owners dream of. Well, now you can for as low as $400 a month. There are plenty of virtual assistants looking for work that are highly trained to handle things like calendar management and phone or email screening.
Look for a VA with prior experience working for someone in a similar position as yourself. There is no shortage of virtual assistants looking for employment.
Hire a Full-Time Blogger
Having a blog is a must-do these days for every business but most people don’t have time to crank out blog post after blog post.
Hiring a full-time blogger can be costly, but there are lots of content writing services overseas that produce quality content and you pay for what you need. You don’t have to take on the expenses associated with a new full-time employee.
Rates are affordable too, and you can often find quality writers that will work on a low retainer and guarantee a specific number of blog posts on a weekly or monthly basis. There is a lot of flexibility here. You can create a package that works for you and your budget.
Hire a Call Center to Handle Customer Service
Using a call center to handle all of your customer service is a great option that will not only save you money, but also remove that time consuming and often times stressful part of the business out of your main office and work environment.
You can also extend your customer service hours outside of traditional hours going this route as well. With the reduced cost you can extent to 24/7 phone service is needed. Sometimes this can help a business really cater to their customers.
Delegate Time Consuming Tasks
Every business has piles of “busy work” that sucks up time but it has to be done, no matter what. Often times the owner or a key employee gets stuck doing this. His or her time would be better spent doing more important things, but if they have nobody else trained there is no other choice.
If you have a team of outsourced workers that are trained on these simple tasks you can pull yourself away from the time consuming tasks and focus on things that will lead to more sales and business growth.
Things like paying bills or data entry are great things to delegate to a trained outsourced team member.
Create New Remote Departments
Want to expand and create new departments like an internal marketing or sales team but don’t have the budget? Consider outsourcing it and building remote teams. Hiring new employees can be very costly, but when you are able to build a team for 10% of what it would cost to do it internally it gives you the option to move forward and grow the business without having to invest all of that money.