If you own a business, you have to know the basics of many things, such as taxes, marketing, customer service… But it’s no shame to admit you can’t be the best at everything, or that you despise a certain part of being an entrepreneur. Luckily for you, anno 2021 you can outsource so many parts of your business and actually grow because of it! In this article, we talk about 3 services you can easily hand over without a worry.
Hire an accountant
Doing your taxes isn’t fun. Especially if you’ve been slacking off all year with your paperwork, you might notice that you can’t find certain important documents when filing your taxes. You’ll probably curse your former self! That’s why it’s a good idea for any business owner to work with an accountant, who can keep your finances in check and file your taxes for you. Believe us: you’ll sleep so much better knowing that this part of your business is taken care of.
Talking about finances: it’s also important to stay on top of your bills. You have to send them out in time and check whether or not your debtors have paid their invoices. After all: you can get liquidity problems if your debtors don’t pay on time. If you notice a debtor is late with payments for the first time, we recommend you call them up as soon as possible to talk about this. Often, this is just a mistake. If this is the case, we recommend you to talk about a new payment date ánd to put this in an email, so you have proof in case your debtor misses the new payment date.
If this doesn’t work or if you can’t get hold of your debtor, it’s time for the next step: hiring a debt collection agency (Dutch: incassobureau inschakelen). A collection agency (Dutch: incassobureau) will hound your debtor and find out who owns a company, in case every line of contact goes dead. Even more: they can seize the debtor’s assets, bring them in front of a judge or even bring the case to appeal (Dutch: hoger beroep).
Let an external party handle your IT
The upkeep of IT is something most companies don’t really pay a lot of attention to. After all, if it works, why would you? You only notice how important well working IT is, when everything goes wrong. What if your server crashes and you lose all your important data? What if a hacker gets hold of your customers’ accounts? For these cases, it’s important to have an IT partner that has your back. They’ll update the systems, look for weaknesses in your protection and can help you make back-ups on external servers.
Outsource your online marketing
It can be hard trying to market your business online, where the competition is rough. It can be even harder if you don’t know the basics of SEO or social Ads. Before you know it, you’ve spent your full budget on Facebook and you haven’t even generated any clicks or sales. A marketing agency costs some money, but can also make you a ton of money when they optimize your SEO strategy, totally switch up your bidding strategy on Google or Facebook Ads or try other marketing techniques, such as email marketing. Before you know it, your conversion rate will spike and so will your visitor stats!
Do you already outsource any services?