Outsourcing, by definition, can sound like a major negative for a company. Work being outsourced to foreign countries, for example, is often spun as providing an opportunity to cut costs by firing employees and paying for cheap labour elsewhere.
While this is sometimes the case, there is a myriad of positive reasons to outsource mundane, time-consuming tasks to a company that specializes in accomplishing those things. Yes, there are people out there that like to do dull tasks like updating a website, providing customer support, and even something like researching your competitors!
Outsourcing services can be angels amidst a chaotic array of things that need to get done. A virtual staff can free up your staff to be more creative and engaged in improving your business, rather than focused on side work. Virtual assistants can help you gain control of something as simple as your email inbox. How do you know it is time to take the next step and outsource some of the boring, uncreative, or skill specific tasks? Here are five clear signs that your business needs an angel to swoop in and get you or your staff back on the right track, focused on your company goals.
One clear indicator that you need to outsource is a lack of focus on your company objective. How much time is spent delegating, discussing, or meeting about routine tasks? When these tasks begin to eat away at focusing on company success, it is time to outsource them. Rather than spending time looking for leads, you could be spending time solidifying current client relationships. Lead generation is exactly the type of task that if an angel could miraculously take it off your plate, you would have far more time to use your skills and build better relationships.
There is no greater dissatisfier than being told you would be contacted by a certain date and time, and never hearing from that person. If you find yourself forgetting about emails, not returning calls, or losing track of time, it is time to outsource some tasks. Imagine the satisfaction your customers or clients would feel when a virtual assistant takes care of responding to them quickly!
Let’s face it. There are some things we just are not good at. Whether it is writing, editing, or social media, there are bound to be weak points for any company. Once these areas are identified, it is time to outsource. Outsourcing to someone who is strong in one of these weak spots can make a world of difference in the way your company or business looks to your customers.
Has your genius come up with a project that will do wonders for your business, but you just don’t have the bodies to support it? Outsource! Outsourcing a project can give you extra hands that you may need for specific tasks. This can keep you and your staff free to oversee, manage, and maintain your normal business needs.
There are times when a workforce can become so overrun with daily tasks, that they will sacrifice quality for the sake of just getting it done. When a dip in quality occurs, this can impact your business in all facets. Outsourcing some of these tasks before a problem occurs can save money, time, and energy in the long run.