Business owners all need a little help sometimes. Having the weight of a company solely on your shoulders can be hard. Sometimes we need to outsource things, have a third party take care of a specific area of the business or even hire someone to come on board and work with us. Let's have a look at a couple of options that you can do if you feel like you need business help.
Hiring staff to become part of the venture you have built up can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. You need to come up with a proper job description and then cast the net far and wide to find the right person. Don't be afraid to take your time in this process, including the interview side of things. You need to ensure you find the right fit for you, your company culture and the business going forward. Trustworthy people are often hard to come by and finding someone with the specific skills you need can be tricky.
The fit works both ways though, so make sure you listen to their questions too. If you hire someone, ensure you have an on-boarding process, regular reviews and a cast iron contract. There are other things to consider as well, such as pension contribution, sick pay and the financial side of things. You might need to dedicate time to hiring someone but when you for need business help, these are hoops you will need to jump through.
Third Party Delegation
If you can't afford to hire a staff member, or aren't quite in the position for that just yet, you can look at delegating some work to a third party. This could be a freelancer or an external company who specialise in an area you need help with.
You'll probably pay less for a freelancer and you can check their references and previous work as outlined on their website. You can also negotiate exactly how much you want to spend with them per month or suggest the number of hours your budget will stretch to for the work you have in mind. A third party company might be more expensive but will perhaps have more experience. The only thing that might change is the person you are dealing with as people come and go from companies.
Did you know that you can also potentially get help from the Government? There have been a number of recovery and business loans that you might be able to access. There is also a Help To Grow scheme, including a management course which runs at leading business schools across the UK. This is 90% funded by the Government so you only pay £750. Help To Grow also offers digital help, including online support about how tech can boost the performance of your business. If you are eligible, there can be access to discounted approved software, worth up to £5,000.
If you need business help you must be sure of what you are implementing in your company. Read through contracts, ensure what you download is trustworthy and review everything. Sometimes you just need a chat with a friend over a coffee to help the direction of your business. However there is further help out there should you need it. Take the steps to help your business thrive.