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Outsourcing Stress: Three Easy Wins

For small business owners, outsourcing means reclaimed time to focus on what’s most important in your life. 

But outsourcing can be a big decision. The added expense – and even giving up a teensy bit of control – can be a big pill to swallow for some. Here are three ways you can start outsourcing without breaking the bank OR feeling out of control.

A clean space is a happy space 

Constantly cleaning your space? Or feeling overwhelmed because of your messy, crowded space? Hire someone! Cleaning is by far the easiest task to outsource.

Your space is kinda like a pair of shoes. If your shoes are stinky, you are self-conscious. If they are too tight, you are uncomfortable. And, if you have repaired them with duct tape, well, then, you’re just worried. Your space is the same. You deserve a space you feel comfortable in.

By having a cleaning service tackle your mess each week, a handyman (or woman) to complete those pesky home improvement projects, or even a professional organizer to streamline your workspace, you will feel refreshed, confident, and have a lot less stress. 

Now, I realize you may be capable of completing all the above tasks, which may make you hesitant. But you have bigger and better things to do. There are professionals that can do tasks (such as cleaning) better, faster and cheaper than you can, especially when you factor in the value of your time. 

At the end of the day, the cost to get your space in tip-top shape is a small price to pay. Granted, you might not be able to afford it just yet. But make a plan to outsource cleaning and related tasks when you can. When you do, remember it’s a business expense, which means it should be factored into your pricing. 

Leads falling through the cracks?

If you find that you’re losing valuable leads because you don’t have time to respond, then you would benefit from using a platform like 17hats to capture and respond to your leads. 

By using a 17hats Lead Capture Form, you’ll be able to capture the lead’s information, store the info, and respond to the lead via email. All without lifting a finger!

You can save hours each week, simply by embedding the capture form into your website or by adding a Lead Capture Form link to your Facebook Contact Us button (or Facebook auto-response message). In all likelihood, you’ll make more money too, since all your leads are being replied to in a timely manner. No more lost opportunities.

Sounds expensive? It’s not. For just $45 a month, you can gain precious hours back in your week. Catch a quick 17hats demo to learn more. 

Had your fill of order fulfillment?

Stuffing envelopes, running to the mailbox, packaging, and even placing orders is the perfect task for part-time help. Because this is very process-oriented work, it can easily be documented for someone to follow. 

Take some time to write out your process, step by step. Add any needed notes to each step, and you are done. You are ready to hire and train. Whether it’s a virtual assistant, intern, or part-time help, you will be set up for success. 

Creating a process to follow gives you the peace of mind that the task will be done the right way. But outsourcing also gives you a piece of your day back! 

Time for action

Let’s get your outsourcing journey started, so you can start adding time back into your day. Here are your next steps:

  1. Need office cleanup? Set aside time to find the perfect help.
  2. Need to capture and respond to leads – more quickly and more easily? Sign up for a free 45-minute demo of 17hats. 
  3. Need to hand off some recurring fulfillment task? Write out the process, so you can start looking for help. 

Whatever your needs are, don’t feel guilty or afraid to ask for help. Remember: No successful small business owner ever goes about this alone!