- Make Money Online
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- Profit With Networks
- Online Coaching
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- Buy and Sell
- Writing Content
- Work From Home
- Start a Business
- Profit Maximization
Grow Your Business Through
A common problem with small businesses as they grow is that
the business owner gets too busy to cope and ends up running round in circles
juggling endless tasks and never really achieving very much. It can be soul destroying
to get home exhausted at the end of the day with the feeling that you've not
really been very productive or been able push your business forward -- you've
just been running round dealing with ‘stuff to do’.
Sometimes it's just a matter of better time management, but
most successful businesses will reach a point where there is too much happening
and too much business coming in for the solo entrepreneur to cope alone.
However, hiring staff is not something that should be undertaken lightly. Having
employees is a serious responsibility and often comes with a lot of hassle --
you are also making a commitment to pay somebody by the hour for months or
years on end whether or not they are actually needed at certain times.
All businesses go through peaks and troughs and if you are
paying somebody a salary when there is no business around and no money coming
in, you are risking your business. You also have the added complications of
paying hired staff for times when they are not even there -- sick time, holidays,
compassionate leave, maternity leave, study leave and so on. When you hire
someone, you take on all the obligations of an employment contract and will
have to deal with their tax affairs, legal issues and so on. Employing people
can sometimes make you even busier than if you just got on with the job
But there is a solution -- you can get all the help you need
without the problems of hiring permanent staff by outsourcing to freelancers
and virtual assistants. There are lots of advantages of getting help this way,
including getting a specialist for each specific job you want done and only
having to pay them on a job by job or project by project basis -- no more
paying people by the hour when you don't need them. So what sort of help can you
get by outsourcing work in this way?
Decide what you need
The first thing you need to do is to make a list of all
those jobs around your business that you would like to delegate to others. You
need someone to answer the phone and deal with e-mail enquiries or someone to
write your web copy and marketing brochures? Perhaps you could do with someone
to design a logo for you or manage a new project you have just developed?
Whatever you need to free up your time, you can be sure it will be available
from freelancers and virtual assistants.
Virtual assistants can help you with a lot of the day-to-day
jobs in your business such as administration, bookkeeping, answering the phone,
dealing with e-mails and so on. This sort of help can free up your valuable
time so you can develop your business. A virtual assistant can work the hours
you need and on a freelance basis -- they can also customize the service they
offer you, so that you can get all those jobs that you hate done by somebody
else. You may even be able to get virtual assistants that will manage your
various projects for you.
Marketing and selling
You can contract out your marketing and selling to marketing
companies or individuals and by getting professionals on the job, it can make
all the difference to your sales figures. A professional marketer should be an
expert in the field and will know the best way to promote your particular
Try to find a company that you can pay for a commission on
sales as then you will be paying on a performance related basis rather than
paying per hour. This creates motivation and drive to work hard for you and
Freelance writing and
Many businesses use freelance writers and graphic designers
to produce their web content, logos, marketing materials, brochures, press
releases and sales copy. You could have your whole website, corporate image and
marketing materials created by freelancers if you chose to.
The advantages of using freelancers are that they can free up a lot of your time for creative thinking and developing your business, rather than dealing with the basic jobs that needs to be done. You can shop around and find the best people for the work, which lets you produce a very professional image for your business -- something that is becoming increasingly important.