Solo Start Up: Running with the Big Dogs Without Breaking the Bank

Remote Resources for Startups

Starting a business can be a bit of a logistical and financial magic trick. You’re doing everything on your own, and you just want to land one or two really great clients to help you get started. Yet, it doesn’t take long for you to realize that you can’t do it all. How can you focus your time and energy on your one or two clients while handling everything else required to grow? It’s enough to make you want to call it quits. Thankfully, you don’t have to quit now. You can run with the big dogs without breaking the bank (and losing your mind). Here’s how.

Understand Your Strengths and Weaknesses

As business owners and individuals, we all have to understand our strengths and weaknesses.

Your strengths most likely are found in the services that you’re offering. Make a list of what you’re really good at as both a business owner and an individual. Then, decide which of those items you have the time and resources to handle. You’ll find that most of your time will be (and should be) devoted to your clients and meeting their needs.

Next, think about your weaknesses.

Are you uncomfortable dealing with collections? Do you struggle with accounting? Hate answering the phone? You’ll notice that many of the items you struggle with still need to be completed for your business, but you don’t have the skill, the desire, or the time to handle them.

Capitalize on Remote Assistance

From answering the phone and client intake to accounts receivable management and collections, it doesn’t matter what sort of support you need for your business. There is an expert out there who can handle it from a remote location—saving you time and empowering you to focus on the job at hand!

The benefits of capitalizing on remote assistance as a startup include:

  1. Expert assistance. You may be an expert in your field, but are you an expert in all the other areas required to run your business? Those who get involved in the provision of remote services have years and years of valuable experience. Your business can get the expert assistance that it needs in the areas that you struggle in or just don’t have time to handle.
  2. Budget friendly. Traditional employees cost you more than an hourly wage or salary. You’re also paying for space, utilities, equipment, training, and benefits. When you partner with a remote expert, you save on overhead, training, and insurance. Remote experts work from their own location and provide their own equipment.
  3. Time management. Time management and productivity aren’t just buzzwords. They’re key skills for start-up businesses who look to get more done with less time and money. Partnering with a remote expert will help you increase the amount of time you can spend focusing on growing and serving your client base. You’ll feel, and be, more productive.

Stress-free Growth

One of the big questions that start-ups eventually face involves growth. At some point, your company will need more than one person in any given area to meet growing needs. Determining when and how to grow your business can be an expensive and stressful experience. Once you identify which area of your start-up should be expanded, you can find a remote specialist who can best serve in that role—helping you avoid the stress of hiring and training new employees. Statistics show that remote workers experience more job satisfaction, often resulting in happier workers who devote more time to their projects.

If you’re ready to run with the big dogs without breaking the bank, consider the needs of your business and then do your research to find the most cost-efficient solution. Eliminating the stress of growth can help you enjoy your business more.

Susan Mass of Clients ARMSusan Manns-Bates has more than 30 years of administrative expertise. As the owner of Clients ARM, Susan devotes her days to helping small businesses find cost-effective solutions.

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