October Take 5

Founder of her company BOSS (Business Operations Services Solutions), accountant Lauren McAllister has spent the past decade working with entrepreneurs, helping them manage the weighty details that can bog down a business so they can focus on what they do best. Each business is different, but McAllister’s ethic remains the same: streamline the daily, often daunting, operations. For small business owners considering how to lighten their loads, McAllister recommends freeing up these five areas with outsourcing:

Bookkeeping – Bookkeeping requires focused attention, a high level of accuracy, and an awareness of ever-changing regulations. Payroll – Pay periods are back to back, and each one requires the business owner to enter large amounts of data and double check for any errors. Professional payroll providers stay current with rules, regulations, and changes in tax rates. Marketing – Companies who specialize in marketing often have a team of individuals with a diverse skill set, compared to one employee who may specialize in one specific area. IT Support – Modern technology is complex, and in-house control of all data, hardware, and computing resources is incredibly difficult. Maintaining a secure server and system that is geared specifically towards your business is crucial to ensure your business runs smoothly. Cleaning – Cleaning has little to no value to your business functions but is something that must be done … Hire a cleaning company. It will not only save you time, but cleaning with the right equipment can make office furniture and decor last much longer.”