As a small business owner, you already know that you can’t do it all alone. No matter how hard you try, being a one man band makes it almost impossible to be effective in all aspects of your company. There are many businesses and services that can help you operate more efficiently, and, sometimes, with only a very small investment. What are they? Six are listed below, presented by Bright Apps.
Web Design and Apps
Your small business has to have an online presence. There is no doubt about that. But, if you don’t already have experience designing and publishing websites, now is not the time for a crash course. Get in touch with professional web designers who can help you develop a great website for your growing business.
Not having to learn how to design your website is a huge timesaver. Something else that will keep you from wasting precious days and weeks is outsourcing part of the business formation process. Forming an LLC gives you a fairly flexible business structure. Plus, there’s not a lot of paperwork involved when an LLC is established. If you don’t want to pay the attorney fees, use a formation service, which will free up time for customer-facing projects.
Just as your business needs a web presence, it also needs a place on social media. Creating viral campaigns, responding to customers, and keeping up with online trends is a full-time job. According to MAVSocial, you can hire a social media manager for around $700 per month. Keep in mind that that is for a beginner, which might be a wise idea if you want someone to grow with you. Alternatively, you can use online tools like an Instagram post creator that can help you create the content yourself at a fraction of the cost and time.
Information technology, like web design and social media, takes time to learn. That’s time possibly better spent prioritizing your expertise. Plan to outsource your IT needs, especially when it comes to data recovery from a damaged hard drive, virus removal, and cybersecurity. Keep in mind that there are many different viruses just waiting to attack your computer systems. In addition to viruses and malware, your computers are also subject to hardware failure. Having an individual or service with experience in all types of computer issues will take a huge weight off of your shoulders.
Even though you are the foundation of your company, its brand, including fonts, logos, and visual images, are what the outside world sees. If you don’t understand the psychology behind the different aspects of graphic design, you’ll want to hire a designer that does. Your company’s visual brand can relay what you do and create a memorable impression in the minds of both current and potential customers.
So far, each of the services we’ve listed above requires an investment. However, if you are looking to engage with customers and make your business easier to find, you don’t have to spend any money at all. What you will have to do is claim or create online listings on sites, such as Google My Business, LinkedIn, and Yahoo Local. Once you claim your business listing, you can then post your hours, menus, or other pertinent information. Having your listings also makes it easier for the search engines to index your information so that you are more easily found in searches.
You want your small business to grow. Each one of the services listed above is there to help you water the seeds of success. Whether you choose one or all, remember, you were not built to build your business alone. Call in an expert in areas where you need assistance… It’s one of the best things you can do for your bottom line.
About The Author
A few years ago, burned out and miserable from his job in corporate marketing, Lance Cody-Valdez decided it was time to invest in himself. He quit his job the following day and used his meager savings to stay afloat as he built a career as a freelance writer and content marketer. He created free-lance-now.com to help others use freelancing to escape the 9 to 5 daily grind.
About Bright Apps LLC
Bright Apps LLC specializes in Quantum Technology Solutions, AI, Blockchain and custom development, end-to-end software solutions. With decades of experience in creating innovative technology and a group of highly skilled engineers, the company can work in any discipline as well as provide graphic, IT consulting and business development services. Bright Apps delivers experts in AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, AI, Blockchain and quantum entropy security solutions. For more information, visit Bright Apps LLC.
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