When you own a business, it’s always a good practice to outsource the things you or your team aren’t especially good at or passionate about. Finances permitting, you should keep yourself and your team doing what your business does rather than leaking the energy inefficiently in areas you’re not familiar or in love with. Here are a few examples of professional services that can enhance your business by taking the things you lack passion for and knowledge about off your plate! Not all suggestions will be right for your company, so please exercise healthy discrimination when looking at your options.
Hiring and Human Resources
You can outsource hiring and human resources services to a third party company. This most often takes a lot of liability off of you. The company can screen your applicants and send you the best professionals and then take care of your human resources needs for the duration of their temporary status or indefinitely. This is one way to get around laws in your state and make sure that your human resource practices are in line to avoid law suits and hurt feelings and reputations. If human resources is not your strong suit or your company is getting too large to manage this part of your business, consider putting the responsibility on an outside company.
Web Presence Management
If only to build you a website, a web professional can help you build a brand and voice. If you need services beyond design, you can hire the same person or another professional to reply to inquiries, write blogs, and post to your social media accounts. This person might be called a virtual assistant or social media manager. Their job is to build your following, present your company professionally, and convert inquiries into money by responding quickly and referring them to the right people. Internet marketing is often the most successful approach to building a customer base and it can be extremely time consuming. The investment is small compared to the return if you choose to hire a manager of your web presence. Be sure to interview several people or companies for the position and pick the one that’s right for you.
Credit Card Processors
If you handle a lot of transactions for your company and need to keep proper paperwork such as in retail businesses, you might want to hire yourself a credit card processing company. These companies can vary as much as internet marketing professionals and offer a variety of different services. Some can provide your equipment and point of sale software that’s needed to run your business. The benefit is to take the calculations and data recording responsibility off the shoulders of your employees. The payment to the processor can be between 2%-6% or higher per transaction and sometimes can be negotiated.
Keeping your employees hyper focused on driving your business instead of cleaning your building lobby, employee lounge, and bathrooms is a step in the right direction. It’s best to hire a company rather than a person on your payroll you have to pay taxes for, train, and manage. Let a professional cleaning company care about your image to the public and your employees worry about making their numbers! In negotiation with a cleaning company, you can ask for exactly what you want and need for your individual company, including frequency, supplies, and any special requests. You won’t be sorry!
Having windows can give your building a great, modern image, but if not maintained, can show badly. Professional cleaning companies usually don’t clean windows, especially large scale building windows inside and outside, so you will have to find yourself a professional window washer that has the equipment and ability to wash your large windows safely.
Curb appeal is important and you likely don’t have the talent or time to 1. Landscape your property beautifully and 2. Maintain it properly. Mowing your grass, planting and pruning the right trees and shrubs, and selecting plants that will look beautiful year round is important. Be sure to find business a reputable landscaper that can maintain your property in the long term, if only to check on it twice per year and prepare plants for winter months if you live in a cold climate. Interview several professionals and ask them their vision for your property!