When you own a business there comes a point when you need to have more help. Sometimes you have enough extra work to hire an employee, but often entrepreneurs get to the point that they need to outsource to another person or business. So, when do you know it is time? Here are the top three indicators that you need to outsource.
You Are Bogged Down with Day to Day Tasks
Do you find you spend your days in your email inbox, posting on social media, fielding inquiries and doing more client work than you can keep up with? If you answered yes, then it is time to look at outsourcing. As the CEO of your business, you are the visionary. You are the one who plans for the future and takes your company in the direction it needs to go. If you have zero time for CEO activities then you are at a point you need more help.
Your Website and Blog Are Never Updated
Has your website and/or blog been the same for years? Do you struggle to find any time to update images, testimonials and even the products and services you offer? These are good indications that you need some help. Your website is often going to be the first point of contact with a potential client and if they see your last blog post was 2015 they could draw the conclusion that the entire site is out of date and move on to your competitor.
Growth Has Slowed
Are you finding that your flow of new business has dried up? Are new clients few and far between? This is a great indicator that you are spending too much of your time on the little non-revenue building tasks and not enough time in your sales role. The options you have here are to outsource the day to day as we mentioned above. Or bring on a salesperson. Either way, you need someone in your business working to bring more revenue into the business.
Outsourcing can be scary. You are bringing a new person in to learn your business and there is no guarantee they will be amazing. If you are at a point that you know you need more help it is time to take a leap of faith and look for someone. Even though they may not be perfect, there are people out there who will be great team members and will propel your business forward if you give them the chance.
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