Ensure Tech Startup Success By Outsourcing
In our growing world of technology, opportunity is right around the corner. We’re no longer relegated to dwelling on an idea until it fizzles, but instead we take our ideas and form our own startups. Tech startups aren’t solely located in Silicon Valley anymore. All over, companies are forming in small offices, garages, or even on the dining room table.
Your idea has gained momentum. You’ve formed a team. You have financial backers. Yet, no matter how great the idea, it’s important to keep yourself focused. So many startups lose steam by focusing on the daily doldrums instead of allowing their team to do the work they’re needed to do.
Instead of pulling your small staff away from their projects to focus on daily activities, send out tasks that can be completed by third parties, virtual employees, and freelancers who are capable of filling in as needed.
Cleaning: Cleaning is easily one of the most mundane tasks a company has. Many businesses will delegate rotating tasks to individuals already on their staff rather than add the expense of a full time janitor. This may seem like a great idea on the surface since you’re saving money, but realistically you’re paying more. The people being paid to do highly skilled tasks are now being pulled away to clean counters and sweep the floor. Instead of hiring someone full time, look into a third party cleaning company that can come in once every week or two and keep things clean and organized. You can even schedule additional cleanings if needed, particularly if you’re hosting any guests.
Data Entry: Most tech startups don’t need someone sitting around full time to answer phones, fill out spreadsheets, or sort files. Instead, hire a virtual assistant who can fill in as needed. Many freelancers are available and can handle individual tasks. Alternatively, a virtual assistant can be hired full time to handle day to day activities at a fraction of the cost since they often handle numerous small companies at once.
Payroll: One of the hardest aspects of a business to hand off is finances. Most tech startups are working under strict budgets and you don’t want to lose sight of where your money is going. Rather than outsourcing all of your financial needs, focus on something steady like payroll. There’s no need to waste time calculating payroll or cutting checks. Payroll services offer direct deposit and electronic statements and ADP wage payments even allows you to deposit paychecks onto debit pay cards.
Graphic Design: Depending on the type of tech startup you have, you may be able to outsource your graphic design to a freelancer. Designers can be expensive when hired full time. Instead, find one or two you like and use them as needed to complete any design projects you need.
Social Media: It may seem foolish to need someone specifically for social media marketing but it is one of the best ways to draw attention to your business. Many freelancers handle several company’s campaigns so you can cut costs and leave it to someone who knows internet marketing. Ideally, look for someone with writing skills who is capable of writing blog entries which will draw traffic to your site. They can also manage customer interaction on social media sites and keep your public updated on changes and release dates.
It’s important to do your research before hiring anyone. Ask business associates for recommendations and always check someone’s reviews before hiring them. Outsourcing the extras will allow your team to focus on turning your idea into reality.