As a small business owner, you are intimately invested in the success of your company. You may find it difficult to delegate tasks and feel uncomfortable about outsourcing. You hold your employees to a high standard and prefer keeping tasks in-house so you can closely supervise. While these feelings are completely understandable, there comes a point when you must be willing relinquish some control.
Building a cohesive team of outsourced professionals can launch your business to new levels of success. This team may include:
- Virtual bookkeeper
- Payroll company
- Executive Assistant
- Web designer
- Graphic designer
- Project manager
The inability or unwillingness to outsource non-critical tasks can be a detriment not only to your business but to your personal and family life. Here are five clear signs that it’s time to start outsourcing.
The Task You Need Requires Specialized Skills
Smart business people know when to admit that a task beyond the scope of their abilities. When a business task requires a skill-set that does not already exist within your team, you have three choices. You can try to muddle through it yourself, hire an employee to do it for you, or outsource to a professional.
It’s impossible to hire on-staff professionals for every specialized task that is needed. Outsourcing eliminates the need to provide employees with computers, software, office space, and legally required benefits. When factoring in all of these costs, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the average employee compensation currently comes in at $35.28 per hour. While outsourcing may seem expensive at first glance, it’s likely to be a cost-saver in the long run.
The Skill is Needed on a Temporary or Cyclical Basis
Hiring an employee whose specialized skills are only needed occasionally can be a drain on your business resources. The last thing you want is to pay someone to sit around and wait to be needed. You may be tempted to fill this person’s time with other tasks, but the end result will likely be low job satisfaction and high turnover.
On the other hand, hiring somebody to be a “jack of all trades” is rarely a good idea. When an employee is required to dabble in many things, it’s difficult to become an expert in any of them. A better strategy is to fill a position that covers your most critical tasks and work with a freelancer or outside company when the demand arises.
Mistakes Can Lead to Greater Expense
Tasks like IT, bookkeeping, and payroll are the first things you should plan to outsource. These jobs take far too long for the average person to perform and there is little room for error. If you try to do it yourself and makes a mistake, it can be extremely costly and time-consuming to fix. You must weigh the monetary expense of outsourcing against the potential downtime and headaches that can result from failing to do so.
The Job is Excessively Draining
Depending on your company dynamics, certain tasks may simply place too much stress on you or your team. These jobs are better off being outsourced. Tasking employees with jobs that make them uncomfortable does nothing but distract them from performing their primary job duty. Even worse, employees who are asked to go outside of their comfort zone on a regular basis are likely to start looking elsewhere for employment.
Your Personal Life Suffers
One of the clearest indicators that it’s time to outsource occurs when your personal life starts to suffer. After too many days and nights of slaving away over your computer, you may have back, neck, and shoulder pain. If you’ve been skipping the gym and eating take-out at your desk, you’re likely to notice that you’ve started to put on a few pounds.
As if this isn’t bad enough, your loved ones may have started complaining that you work too much and they don’t get to see you enough. Ignore these comments at your own peril. While it takes a solid work ethic and a small amount of obsession to build a thriving business, it’s not worth losing your family in the process.
Knowing when to delegate non-essential tasks is the key to your ultimate success.If you recognize any of these signs occurring within your business, the time to begin outsourcing is now.
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