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Take your business to the next level. 

Written by Chelsea Lamb

These days, it's safe to say small businesses thrive better when technology is leveraged appropriately. The fact is, taking your business to the web is a much-needed step in fostering growth. However, with technology always evolving and the numerous tasks required for a digital transformation, you may feel out of your depth. For this reason, it’s smart to tap into the numerous resources available that can take your small business to the next level. Consider the following suggestions as you work to boost your online presence.

It’s time to delegate to freelancers.

First thing’s first—the sheer number of possible web-based projects you can do to enhance your small business can be daunting. Options range from mobile technology to ramping up data security, or even from migrating your inventory into the cloud. The list can go on and on, and depending on your industry, you may invariably find your hands full with implementation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and the like, which can keep you distracted from actually running your business.

As you dive into this significant web venture, it’s possible you’ll become overloaded with everyday tasks. So why not delegate? You can tap into experienced freelancers to do the work you need accomplished, which can be time- and cost-effective in the long run. For example, if you need help with day-to-day operational tasks, it can be worth it to hire administrative support assistants. (You can also turn to freelancers to find help with the variety of web-related projects you hope to implement.) Best of all, it’s easy enough to hire the freelancers you need through online job boards that maintain an impressive roster of qualified experts in various tasks.

Of course, you don’t want to entrust sensitive tasks, information or intellectual property with just anyone. For this reason, a background check on a potential employee is more than prudent. However, keep in mind the FCRA has set rules in place for employers. As an example, you may not be able to request a criminal background check until you’ve made a conditional job offer, depending on the state in which you’re located. Moreover, know that while you can gather information going back to as many as seven years, and your state may not allow you to consider arrests not leading to a conviction.

Invest in tools that increase efficiency.

Aside from investing in people, getting your web-based projects off the ground will invariably require tools like apps and software that get things done. Again, this all depends on what your business specifically needs, so you definitely need to take a closer look at your workflows and determine the opportunities for improvement.

A perfect example of this is when you work with a team. It’s a must for everyone to be on the same page to keep the business running smoothly. With this in mind, it’s definitely worth investing in tools that enhance and streamline collaboration and communication for seamless workflows and teamwork.

Identify opportunities for continuous improvement.

Finally, even when you run a tight ship, know that there is always room for improvement. So if you want to keep your business moving in the right direction and steadily onto the next level, you can’t afford to get complacent. Rather, you’ll want to make use of the countless resources available to help your business improve.

As an example, after you’ve switched to a mobile app, cloud computing or some form of web-based automation, you may come to realize it’s time to revamp your business website to make it more professional and intuitive, or even to introduce new features that correspond with your recent projects. The obvious solution is to engage a web development service to realize your vision.

Suffice it to say, there are an abundance of resources that can help you improve your business, whether it’s manpower or software or even just information. So take advantage of these as and when you can. The next level is waiting!

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