Startups can now outsource more key roles than ever before. From virtual assistants and cloud-based accountants, to content creators, recruitment specialists, and IT services, there’s no need to have someone in-house. Here are the five key hires every new business owner should consider outsourcing.
1. Virtual assistants
A virtual assistant can be manna from heaven for the busy business owner. These days it’s quite easy to find affordable virtual assistants both within Australia and offshore. Thanks to easy-to-use cloud software, they can do everything from managing your schedule and answering your calls, to posting social media and website content. Some virtual assistants also offer bookkeeping services, and can even pull a range of financial reports with accounting software like QuickBooks Online.
With a huge range of quality accounting services widely available, there’s little need to hire a full-time accountant for your new business. Many accounting practices offer a full suite of payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and financial reporting services, and can easily work with your in-house bookkeeper through cloud-based accounting software platforms. Engaging an expert accountant will also ensure you’re not overpaying at tax time.
3. Content creators
While hiring an in-house marketing manager to drive your overall marketing and brand strategy can be a good idea, you can support them by outsourcing much of your content needs. This can include freelance designers, copywriters, and social media specialists. Digital marketing agencies can also provide vital content marketing plans and easy-to-manage websites with search engine optimisation and sophisticated data analytics.
4. Recruitment specialists
Every business runs on talent, but sifting through countless job applications and resumes can be a real time drain for the busy business owner. Outsourcing to a recruitment agency will not only take the pressure off your shoulders, but will also connect you to their powerful network of highly skilled professionals. Recruitment agencies are also pros at headhunting the best talent, and can negotiate job offers on your behalf.
5. IT services and software
The rapid development of cloud software and storage over recent years is excellent news for startups. A huge range of cloud-based accounting, project management, and customer relationship software is easily accessible on affordable subscription plans. This saves you from having to spend big on in-house servers and IT support staff. Also, most cloud-based software providers have sophisticated cyber security measures in place so you know your data is save.