Time is a premium for any small business owner. Life is demanding, with so many responsibilities, and the small business doesn’t have the luxury like a larger business of extending budgets to support extra staff to fulfil all the various roles. The irony of it is that the most time consuming tasks ends up being undertaken by senior team members, when in reality these tasks could be outsourced to experts who would complete them in a fraction of the time. Here we look at the benefits of outsourcing a range of everyday jobs.
If you find you are bogged down keeping track of expenses, are struggling to stay on top of your cashflow, invoices aren’t going out on time and credit control isn’t what it should be, you could benefit from outsourcing to a qualified bookkeeper.
There are many advantages of outsourcing bookkeeping tasks, not least peace of mind that your responsibilities such as VAT returns are being taken care of without you having to worry. An outsourced bookkeeping company will make sure your invoices are sent in a timely fashion, and will ensure payments are collected by the due dates, so that you can enjoy a positive cashflow.
Be sure to choose a bookkeeping company that’s a member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers or a similar body, for reassurance of professionalism and high standards.
2. Lead generation
Sourcing new business can be time consuming, especially if it’s not your area of expertise. Keeping on top of your sales pipeline takes a great deal of organisation, which is challenging if you have other more pressing things to do, such as dealing with client care and development strategy.
One of the benefits of outsourcing lead generation is that you can allow an experienced expert to focus their efforts specifically on the task in hand, which will for sure lead to much better results, at a fraction of the cost of your own time.
With real time reporting for payroll, it can be difficult to manage this vital function within your organisation. Having to stick to a rigid structure can make it a challenge to manage your time and fit in other tasks. Plus with legislation changing on a regular basis, it’s never easy to make sure you’re running your payroll within the rules.
There are specialist payroll managers you can use to run your payroll on a monthly basis, keeping you on top of everything in terms of your legal responsibilities, ensuring everyone gets paid on time, and that all the relevant reports are submitted to HMRC when they should be.
4. Recruitment and human resources
Employment law is something of a minefield. One wrong move and you could find yourself facing a tribunal, so it’s very useful to have an expert in human resources watching your back. They’ll know the law inside out, and will guide you through the correct processes so that you are always operating legally. They’ll also make sure you have all your policies and procedures in place to protect you.
HR professionals can also take care of your recruitment needs. Sourcing talent can be a challenging task, and one of the benefits of outsourcing an industry professional is that they will have a network of contacts they can tap into to help find you the ideal candidates. They’ll also manage all your recruitment advertising, shortlisting and pre-interviewing, saving you a huge amount of time.
5. IT management
Do you find you spend hours every week trying to resolve IT and technology related issues? If you are trying to balance running your business with being the unofficial IT manager, dealing with all the problems that typically arise during a working week, you will no doubt be feeling frustrated at not getting ahead with your business growth plans.
It may be that other members of your team are being pulled from their roles to deal with IT issues, leaving vital jobs unattended. The alternative is to hire an in-house IT manager. However, this can be quite a costly role to fill, and you may find that you can’t afford a level of expertise that would actually be of benefit to your business.
The advantages of outsourcing IT therefore are many. An IT company will have a full team of qualified experts at your disposal, providing you with a range of knowledge. An IT helpdesk will be on hand to support you and your staff whenever there’s an issue, and you’ll be able to call in IT support for a range of needs, whether it’s upgrading your software or network, protecting your systems against cyber threats, safeguarding your organisation against risk with a disaster recovery strategy, or dealing with an IT emergency such as an unexpected outage.
The benefits of outsourcing IT support from PC Docs
At PC Docs we offer a fully outsourced IT support service and are proud to report that 99 per cent of our help desk support tickets are responded to within just 10 minutes. Our Microsoft Certified technicians are on hand to assist with any issue, making us the ultimate extension to your in-house team.