Could you grow your business with freelancers?
Getting a business off the ground is a huge achievement, but after that exciting period of initial growth you might find that you start to lose momentum. This is normal for a business moving from start-up to stability, so how can you get through it and make sure that your business continues to grow?
The answer could be freelancers. Whether you’re working with individuals or an agency, freelancers, contractors and virtual assistants could be just what you need to build on your achievements and develop your business. Freelancers offer all sorts of advantages to business owners: they can be hired as and when they’re needed, they come with all the required skills, and there are plenty of excellent workers to choose from so you’re bound to find someone who’s a good fit.
Are you interested in finding out more? Here are 5 ways freelancers can help to grow your business.
- Save money
At this crucial stage in your business’ life, money is precious and you want to be channelling as much of it as possible into growth and development. Fortunately, freelancers can save you up to 40% in business expenses for a given job: they don’t require training or any of the other costs associated with employees, such as office rental, utilities or equipment. That means you can allocate a budget solely for the work that needs to be done, and put any money you save back into your business.
- Expand your offering
As your business grows, you will want to take on more clients, but your team of workers must also expand in order to meet this new level of demand. If you don’t have the budget or the space to take on extra employees, hiring freelancers can help you manage the increased workload until you do, or you can continue to rely on freelancers on an ad hoc basis when business is booming and you need a little extra help.
- Fill in the gaps
At the beginning of your venture you probably managed most aspects of the business yourself, but as your business grows each of these areas will require more specialist knowledge, and you can’t be expected to do all that yourself. Perhaps you know nothing about managing a website, or maybe the thought of looking at another spreadsheet puts you to sleep; whatever the gap in your knowledge, there’s certainly a freelancer out there who can fill it.
- Free up time
Just as growth requires more specialist skills, it also requires more time, but there are all sorts of low-priority, time-consuming tasks that can get in the way of you using your time efficiently. Jobs such as managing emails, answering phones and sending out invoices are best outsourced to freelancers, because this will allow you to focus on the important things that deserve your full attention and can help the business to expand.
- Make connections
Connections can make all the difference to a growing business, and working with freelancers is a great way to get to know more people who can help you. Perhaps your virtual assistant has worked with other businesses at a similar stage to yours and can offer good advice, or perhaps they know of opportunities in your industry that might have passed you by. Ultimately, the more people you work with, the more chances you will have to expand your business in new and exciting directions.
Ready to connect with our team of skilled, professional freelancers? Please give Get Ahead VA a call on 01483 332220 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can help to grow your business. We pride ourselves on being the staff you don’t see, but the difference you do.