STAPLES BizTIPs 4business: Outsource your tasks

By Small Business Expert, Roger Pierce, BizLaunch

It’s no secret that new small business owners must multi-task. If you worked in a large corporation where there was a person for every task, you might be unpleasantly surprised at how many things you must do as your own boss.

In a given hour, you might be managing a customer on the phone, completing your own GST return, running to the bank to deposit a cheque, fixing your computer and taking out the trash.

Some entrepreneurs love the variety multi-tasking brings to their day, while others hate the distraction. If you’re the latter, bring order to self-employed chaos by outsourcing these functions:

  • Bookkeeping. You should be out selling and marketing your business, so bring in a part-timer to enter your expenses and invoices into your accounting software.

  • Cleaning. Whether you’re working from home or leasing a small commercial space, spend a few bucks on a weekly cleaning service.

  • Website design. Unless that is your business, never try to build your own website. Your website will create a first impression of your business and should be designed by a professional.

  • Personal errands. Waiting at home all afternoon for cable installation will chew up valuable hours of your billable time. Hire a personal concierge to sit there for you.

You can learn more about this and other how-to topics in a free STAPLES BizLaunch Seminar or Webinar. To find one near you, please visit today.


ROGER PIERCE is passionate about helping entrepreneurs achieve success. Co-founder of Canada’s largest small business training company,, he’s launched eleven small businesses of his own and personally experienced what he calls “the good, the bad and the ugly” sides of entrepreneurship.

BizLaunch advises thousands of Canadian startups through its popular how-to seminars and webinars delivered with partners such as STAPLES.

By Adam

January 15, 2010