These days, it seems like everyone’s a specialist. How can you get skilled help when you need it? And without breaking the bank?As if running your business wasn’t hard enough, you’ve run into a problem that requires help. Maybe you want to update your website and you need a web developer for a few weeks. Perhaps you’d like to get a mobile app. Or maybe you just need a hand during a particularly busy period.
If you’re looking to expand your team, either permanently or temporarily, you can run into another issue: technology. Adding a new user can be extremely cheap and simple — or very complicated. In this post, we’ll look at the options you have to hire extra help and the tech options that can make this easier.
Although it might be tempting to ask a friend or relative to fill in for a couple weeks, I’d only do it if they have the exact skill set you need (i.e., if your friend is an accountant, he can help out with your taxes; but if he’s a veterinarian, not so much). Trust me; it’s stressful for everyone if you ask a person to do a job he or she is not equipped to do.Here are some ways you can expand your team:
So, suppose you go with option 1 and hire a remote worker. What’s next?
If you use Google Apps for Work, adding a new user to your team is easy; the Apps Help website lists a total of 12 steps, three of which are optional (and one of which is clicking "done"). After a wait of up to 24 hours, your new team member has his or her own access to your Google system and can interact in real time with other team members. And when the work is done, you can simply delete his or her account.
Is it expensive to add a user to Google? In a word: no. It’s $5 per user per month. That’s an easily absorbable expense.
If you don’t want to use Google Apps, there’s nothing wrong with using email, Skype, and various productivity platforms to stay connected. After all, there’s no real need to add your web developer, accountant, or app developer to your Apps team. Staying in communication, however you do it, is the key.
So the next time an unexpected bump in business comes, don’t let it stress you. Use technology to expand your team. If it’s the technology itself that’s getting you down, contact Techsperts for a solution!