When you hear the word startup you probably think of business owners bootstrapping and HUGE investments of time, energy and resources.
But, what if we told you that it didn’t have to be like that at all?
Launching a startup doesn’t mean you have the scrimp and save or work all hours of the day and night to get the business off the ground.
In fact, you don't have to do any of that. You could gain instant help to allow your startup to operate efficiently and profitably right away.
Investing in outsourcing for startups from the get-go could be the most brilliant move you’ll ever make. Why?
Well, read on to find out!
OUTSOURCING FOR A STARTUP
In the early days of a business, there is a lot of juggling going on. Often, you are trying to keep everything running by yourself (or with a very small team). Your days and weeks are spent balancing the delivery of your services and customer service, along with admin, marketing, bookkeeping and all the other demands of a new business.
Very quickly, you realise there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. This time pressure can start to impact your ability to run a successful operation. Stress builds and the constant demands of your business can negatively impact your personal life.
But, what can you do? With little budget to work with, you probably have a reluctance to hire a full-time employee to help you out; even though you could probably do with the resource to plug any skill gaps you might have!
Luckily, the solution is a simple one… it’s outsourcing. By bringing in targeted expertise for set tasks you can scale up your business and relieve the pressure almost instantly.
CLEAR THE CLUTTER
With the sheer volume of tasks that need to be done in a business, it can be hard to manage your time effectively. But, if you outsource the repetitive, time-consuming jobs, you can free up your own time to focus on the core parts of your business that generate revenue.
Admin, calendar bookings, inbox management and data entry can all be outsourced to an expert like a VA, leaving you to focus on priorities like high-value client work, marketing and content creation.
LEAN INTO YOUR EXPERTISE
By trying to handle everything in your business, you’re probably wasting a bunch of time on tasks you aren’t that good at. No one can be skilled in every area of business, so if you are trying to do ALL the jobs yourself, it’s not a good approach.
So, why not outsource the tasks you aren’t good at and then you can focus on the ones you ARE good at? Here at Good Line, we are pretty GOOD at those time-consuming admin and organisation tasks and we’d love to lighten your load so that you can lean into your expertise and best utilise your skills.
STICK TO A BUDGET
Wages are one of the biggest costs for a business and in the early days, workloads can fluctuate meaning you don’t always have enough substance to warrant paying a full-time employee. But, you need access to extra resources or you will never get anything done. Paying a constant wage bill could blow the budget.
Outsourcing helps you to get the resources you need, but stick to your budget. That’s because you only pay for the work you need to be completed and it could be on a part time basis or ad hoc.
When you engage someone like a VA, you can agree to a set fee and factor that into your budget.
Then, you get the help you need without breaking the bank.
As we just mentioned, you have to pay an employee for their agreed hours, regardless of whether there is work for them to do or not. Choosing to outsource to a freelancer removes that constant wage burden. But that is not the only place you will save money.
By outsourcing, you will have lower operating costs all round.
Apart from saving on PAYE, sick leave and holiday pay, you’ll also save on equipment costs as you won’t have to provide a laptop or workspace. These create substantial cost savings for your business, keeping your overheads down and freeing up cash flow for other key expenses.
How many hours of YouTube How-To videos have you watched as a startup? Lots, right?
In those early months, it feels like you need to learn how to do everything yourself as there is no one else to call on. But unfortunately, learning things unnecessarily wastes time and kills your productivity.
That’s where outsourcing can save the day. Engaging a team of outsourced experts instantly brings years of experience and skill into your business. That means you can ditch YouTube and focus on what you do best, upping your productivity levels considerably!
When you have an outsourced team, you can get results really quickly. All you need to do is give them access to the relevant software systems, provide a good brief, and agree on a deadline. They can start work immediately and you can focus on your core tasks.
Then, just like magic, the high quality results from your outsourced team will land in your inbox (or other agreed delivery method) without you having to sacrifice your own time.
SCALE UP OR DOWN AS NEEDED
The biggest question for a startup is when should you scale up to the next level of business. It can be a daunting decision as it generally means investing in employees and other operating costs. Unless you outsource, of course!
Scaling through outsourcing gives you the opportunity to step things up or peg them back depending on your needs. It is far easier to chat with your VA to ask if they can take on more work than it is to hire, train and manage a full-time employee.
Then, if you hit a quiet spell or need to step things down for a period, you aren’t stuck with an unnecessary wage bill, you simply chat with your VA about workload again.
And when you do choose to scale up, your outsourced team will be instantly responsive, meaning you can scale quicker and more effectively.
MIX IT WITH THE BIG PLAYERS
Technology has meant that smaller businesses can play in the same sandbox as their much larger counterparts. Social media can give you reach and the desire for a more human experience when working with a business can give you intense customer loyalty and advocacy.
Engaging an outsourced team to help you deliver in these areas will mean that you can compete with big businesses and amplify the success of your business.
GOOD OUTSOURCING CAN WORK!
As you can see, there are many advantages to outsourcing for startups. By starting on the right track and engaging outsourced expertise from the beginning, you can get your business on the path to success and keep it there.
It’s all about finding the right help though. By choosing a GOOD outsourced team, you will not only gain skill and knowledge, but also get great support.
Here at Good Line, we specialise in helping businesses achieve more with less input from you. We take on all those jobs that are eating up your time and let you focus on the important things to drive your startup forward.
So, if you would love a GOOD team to help you do GOOD work in your business, book a time to chat with us now.