All entrepreneurs have big goals when they start a business. They tend to do everything as they are on a tight budget. Those days are gone now as you can always hire help. You can hire and outsource work to freelancers for a minimal fee.
The CEO of MyCrowd, Matthew Cordasco said, “Freelancers provide startups and small business owners with great value at a fraction of the cost”.
Below are 9 business services you should outsource to freelancers so you can focus on other aspects of the business.
You can now hire a virtual assistant that could take care of your business administrative tasks. For example, responding to emails, sending invoices, answering phone calls and faxes. Most VA’s charge $10 – $12 per hour or even less.
Accounting & Bookkeeping
Nobody likes to do accounting these days as it is considered to be confusing and boring. You can hire a freelance accountant who can manage Quickbooks on a monthly basis. This would include billing system creation, simple accounts payable or receivable and collections. It is always considered to be a plus if you have some basic accounting knowledge to keep track of how your business is performing.
Copywriting is an important part of business these days. If you want to be recognized as an influencer or show your clients that you have the skill set in a particular field it is essential to write blog posts on your website.
You can hire a freelance copywriter to write 2 fresh, relevant blog posts every week and promote it on your companies social media networks. This will help your business be a lot more visible, improve SEO rankings and also help in marketing your business.
Customer Support Service
Customer support is extremely important as you deal directly with the customer by answering questions and their concerns. It’s a good idea to also outsource this task to a freelancer. However, it is recommended to train all customer support workers to be strong brand ambassadors and handle all customer complaints with professionalism. The customer experience will determine whether they will be loyal customers or not.
Data entry is one of the most labor-intensive and time-consuming tasks a business owner goes through. This involves the business owner to sit on the computer and type out data, numbers, and information which can take hours. Data entry can easily be outsourced. It usually consists of excel data entry, electronic data processing and transcribing.
Market research plays an important role in the growth of a company. Before you start any business or launch a new product/service research is essential. This in-depth research will provide the business with necessary insights for future strategies.
You can hire a freelancer to collect and compile key market information and data, potential sales lead, country statistics and other information to create a report. You can then analyze this information and make better business decisions.
Social Media Marketing
In order to grow your business, you need to have a social media marketing strategy and be visible on almost all social platforms that are available. If you are not then you are missing out on millions of potential customers.
A freelance social media consultant can be invaluable to a business owner, so it is vital to hire someone who knows what they are doing. The consultant you hire should create and develop a strategy for each platform, write the content and build a strong following. Once the followers trust your brand then you can easily grow your business and sales.
If your business is to deal with international clients and language is a barrier then it is important to hire a translator. The translator can translate your legal documents, contracts and other documents into another language for your customer to understand. This will give your business an upper edge in the market.
App & Website Development
Technology has changed and evolved so much the past few years that online business has become extremely competitive. Your business needs to have an online presence; a website or even an application.
When a customer hears about your business the first thing they do is to search for it online. If there is no presence then you have just lost a customer.
A website is like a business card now. You can provide value to your customer by showcasing your products, services etc through the website. You can take payments online, interact with your customer in real time, create videos to help your customer better understand your product. All these tools can enhance the customer experience.
Before you outsource work to freelancers you should draft up a clear job description that you want the individual to focus on when hired. It is recommended to review past projects and sample work from all potential candidates to ensure that you hire the right person for your company.