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    Some Business Tasks You Could Be doing by Outsourcing

    Here's what you can, and should, be outsourcing.

    1. Administrative tasks. Work Scheduling, Data entry, typing and other administrative tasks can usually be handled by a virtual assistant or administrative service.

    Where to find help: Assistant Match, AssistU and IVAA help match businesses with screened administrative service providers and offer directories of professionally trained virtual assistants.

    2. Lead generation and customer service: Sales calls are often a matter of numbers; more calls equal more sales and leads. Once the initial outreach has been made, closing the sale can be handled by the internal sales force. A talented salespersonís skills can be better utilized to close sales and handle clients, rather than make cold calls. It can also be a great deal more efficient to outsource customer support than it is to maintain a qualified support staff.

    3. Accounting and financial duties: Accounting firms or individuals can help with many financial services including bookkeeping, invoicing and accounts payable and receivable, as well as financial reporting, analysis and planning.

    Where to find help: Bookkeeping Help is a popular source of experienced financial professionals. This is one area to be very careful when outsourcing.

    4. Marketing : Effective marketing determines how both brand and company reputation are perceived in the marketplace. A marketing firm or consultant can often provide an outside perspective that an internal marketing staff cannot. Professional freelance writers can develop higher-quality, polished content that will improve marketing efforts. Website design, brand development, press releases and online marketing duties such as social media, blogging and search engine optimization are good candidates for outsourcing as well.

    Where to find help: Guru and Elance are two of the best-known sources of freelance contractors. They cover many areas of outsourcing, but excel in the areas of writing and design.

    5. IT operations: It can be extremely expensive to handle IT operations in-house. The average business has limited ability and knowledge to manage all of its IT needs. Unless youíre an IT company, IT is a maintenance and repair function, not a core business activity. The potential advantages of outsourcing IT tasks are enormous.

    Where to find help: CrossLoop and Tech Guru both offer access to full spectrum of IT remote services.

    6. Human resources: Employee acquisition and human resource functions can easily be administered by an outside agency. Outside firms are more skilled at advertising, screening suitable applicants and checking references.

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    Re: Some Business Tasks You Could Be doing by Outsourcing

    As part of an outsourcing firm, these topic is well elaborated and very informative. Most of them outsource their marketing and accounting tasks, well this is based from my experience in the company until now. Also IT stuffs like web designing or development. Some say outsourcing is very helpful but some say they are not but well it really depends on the outsourcing firm whether they are good or bad.

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    Re: Some Business Tasks You Could Be doing by Outsourcing

    I personally outsource tons of writing work to writing services that specialise in various industries:

    - Bid4papers - when I need education related content or research level above average; very reliable guys I can trust the most complicated tasks to, the texts they write for me are aimed to build my business reputation so that I know what I am talking about. By the way, client can choose an appropriate writer by himself taking into account writer's personality, educational and professional background, experience, etc.
    - The HittList Capabilities - for medical and science writing topics
    - Toptal for technical writers.

    You can easily find good writers that are experts in a particular niche - it saves time, money and efforts very effectively.
    Best of luck!

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