Small business owners who outsource some of their more time-consuming tasks are able to get back to the core of their business, and might even boost their profits in the process.

‘Focus on what you do best and outsource the rest,’ says Emma Jones, founder of small business platform, Enterprise Nation. Indeed, outsourcing can be a fantastic way for small business owners to find and utilise a broad range of talent without the cost or risk of making a full or even part-time addition to their staff.

Designers, developers, photographers and other talented creatives can be found through various online freelance portals such as oDesk, or Concept Cupboard, a Startups Top 20 company that matches ideas with emerging talent. Additionally, if you’re located near a college or university, young graduates and those completing creative courses are often happy to complete ad hoc projects for a low cost.

Many small businesses also outsource payroll, telesales, SEO marketing and PR talent—an excellent way to keep output scalable while getting help fast when time and money is tight.  Outsourcing HR services is also sensible for small businesses where an in-house HR department is neither cost-effective nor completely necessary. Simple online services like citrusHR help you handle plucky employee admin tasks, as well as more complicated employment law and people management situations.

Happy outsourcing, and happy saving!

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