(What follows is a guest post by Naomi Johnson of Life Based Business, with advice for the busy small business owner…)
When you run a business, it can feel like you’re never really off the clock. No matter how productive you are, there is always something else you could be doing. What if you could hire someone else to help you out, without bringing on new full-time employees? Many entrepreneurs would be surprised by how easily you can find a freelancer to tackle almost any task for any business! Whether you’re interested in working with a business or marketing writer trained by Better Faster Writer or you’re in need of a digital marketing specialist, these tips will help you outsource certain responsibilities to freelancers…and get them off your long to-do list.
Forming an LLC will allow you to establish limited liability for your business and enjoy special tax deductions. If you work remotely, you can research the best place to register LLC as each state has unique regulations. And you don’t have to file on your own or budget for hefty lawyer fees, too. Instead, you can use an affordable online formation service. ZenBusiness can help you navigate the entire process.
For many entrepreneurs, bookkeeping can be a headache — organizing all your financial documents and filing taxes gets complicated and time-consuming. Instead, you can invest in bookkeeping software to track your invoices and receipts and work with an accountant for everything from filing taxes to creating budgets and financial forecasts for your company.
Do you ever feel like you’re drowning in administrative tasks, like managing spreadsheets or answering emails? You don’t have to spend your whole morning on administrative work when you would rather be meeting with new clients or diving into important projects. Instead, you can hire a virtual assistant! Leveling Up suggests screening potential assistants for the ability to think under pressure and take initiative without your guidance — basically, you need someone who can be proactive and work independently.
Today, every entrepreneur needs to invest in digital marketing. Otherwise, you’re likely leaving money on the table. But what if you simply don’t have the time to develop and implement a digital marketing strategy? You could hire a freelancer who offers digital marketing services, including link building, search engine optimization, and social media management.
Have you ever worried about identity theft or hacking? As an entrepreneur, you want to protect your company’s financial data and your customer’s sensitive information. Working with a cybersecurity expert can help you establish digital safeguards that will give you and your customers peace of mind.
Every entrepreneur with a digital presence understands the importance of content marketing. You can learn more about successful business writing through a course with Better Faster Writer. But if you simply don’t have the time to consistently focus on blogging or email marketing, you can work with freelance writers.
There are plenty of freelancers offering their services online but not all are a good fit for your business, so you want to carefully make your selections to find professionals who truly understand your brand’s voice. Themeisle recommends asking writers to complete and submit a paid test article before you offer them a contract for regular work — this will help you ensure that their style is a good fit for your business’s blog.
Business ownership is demanding, but you don’t need to overextend yourself by trying to manage every area of your business on your own. By hiring freelancers, you can spend your time focusing on your most important clients or projects and know that your business is in good hands!
Naomi Johnson created lifebasedbusiness.net for small business owners, creatives, solopreneurs, boss babes and bros, and side hustlers who are committed to designing their careers to accommodate how they want to live, instead of the other way around. Through her site, Naomi offers practical advice and inspiration to help others adopt the life-based business mentality and change their lives in immensely positive, fulfilling ways.