One of the common rebuttals I hear from prospects on the fence about hiring businesses is that it is expensive. I suppose there is an argument to be made for that. However, hiring a partner in your business should be considered an investment, not an expense. It’s also one of those investments that help you reap rewards in many ways – think time, peace of mind and focus.
Of course, once that sinks in, the next rebuttal I hear is ‘but my business is small’. The reality is, the majority of business support companies will tell you their typical client is the small business with less than 5 employees. No business is too small to have support if the owner recognizes the need to get additional help so he or she can stay afloat with the management of the business, grow the business and simply get more done.
To the small business owner, a business support company like Paperclip can be an asset. You don’t need to spend time trying to do the things they aren’t really good at or have limited time for. Most owners will tell you they started their business to meet a need or pursue a passion but oftentimes the running of the business gets in the way. A competent support firm will help you relinquish the tasks you have no time or desire to manage while you focus on the core, revenue-generating portions of your business. And even if you are quite capable of many of the things you choose to outsource you must consider your time and decide if it is best spent on these activities. Just because you can do something, doesn’t necessarily mean you should.
As a business owner, you should be focused on the bigger picture for your business and working on the things that are essential in helping you achieve the vision for your business. Spending the day calling clients about past due bills is not the best use of your time when you can be doing the work that will lead to issuing invoices, developing new products, spending time with your clients and marketing. In other words, those “big picture” tasks that grow your business. Your focus should not be on things like troubleshooting, writing letters or managing paperwork and fielding calls. Think of it this way – the more time you spend on all the minutia of running a business, the less time you’ll spend on tasks that can actually grow your business.
Not having the support your business needs can often leave you in a rut. The same rut exists if you feel you don’t have enough time to locate and train help. You end up doing the work yourself because there isn’t anyone who can help and because you’re so busy doing things you truly have no business doing, you’ll never have the time to locate and train someone to help you out. Either way, you’re probably discovering you feel overwhelmed, drained and with zero creative energy.
So what’s the solution? Get help from a firm like Paperclip. You don’t pay for rent, overhead, vacation, taxes or office equipment. They manage these on their own. More so, they can help you get unstuck and put you on the path to building a successful business. Paperclip can help you with just about every business task imaginable except for making coffee – you’re stuck doing that! Some examples of the work they do include:
* Staying on top billing and payments
* Answering product or service related questions
* Customer service
* Managing your email
* Scheduling appointments
* Completing and filing returns
* Managing correspondence
* Follow up calls
Does your business feel stagnant or do you just feel overwhelmed? Why not partner with a support firm and see the difference they can make in your business for 2017 and beyond? Once you take the plunge, you’ll be glad you did. You’ll have more time to devote to the things you most enjoy and feel much more focused, creative and energized. Enjoyed this post? Why not share it with someone? If you have a question or comment, feel free to post it in the box below.