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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: as a business owner, your time matters.

In fact, it’s one of the most valuable resources available to your business… So why are you squandering it on low-value tasks?

Outsourcing is the key to leveraging your time. By hiring someone else to handle the tasks that eat up your valuable time, you can focus on what’s important: running and growing your business.

Not sure where to start? Here are 10 low-value tasks you need to outsource as soon as possible.

#1 – Appointment Scheduling

If you’re still scheduling appointments yourself, it’s time to outsource this task to someone else.

Appointment scheduling is necessary, yes, but it’s not a valuable use of your time as a business owner. Let someone else take care of it.

There are a number of great appointment scheduling software programs available, or you can hire a virtual assistant to handle this task for you.

#2 – Data Entry

It’s 2022. Why are you still doing data entry when you’re a CEO?

Data entry is a time-consuming, low-value task that can easily be outsourced. In fact, you can handle different types of data entry with different software programs.

For example, you can use customer relationship management (CRM) software to automate your sales process and eliminate the need for manual data entry.

You can also use accounting software to automate your bookkeeping and eliminate the need for manual data entry. This not only frees up your time, but also your accountant’s time so that they can focus on providing you with more valuable advice and guidance.

#3 – Social Media Management

Social media is a necessary part of any business, but it’s not something that should take up all of your time.

If you’re spending hours every day managing your social media accounts, it’s time to outsource this task to someone else.

There are a number of great social media management tools available that can help you automate your social media tasks. Buffer, HootSuite and Sprout Social are all great options.

It’s also worth considering hiring someone to take over your strategy and engagement. Unless you’re a social media guru, it’s likely that you’re not getting the most out of your social media platforms.

#4 – Inbox Management

You may not even realise it, but your inbox is a serious drain on your time. How many hours have you wasted sorting through emails that you don’t even need to read? How often do you get distracted by a new email while you’re trying to focus on something else?

If you’re like most people, the answer is: way too often.

Hiring a virtual assistant to manage your inbox can be a game-changer.

They can sort through your emails, respond to the ones that need a response, flag the ones that truly require your attention and delete the rest.

They can also set up filters and rules to help you stay organised and on top of your email so that it’s easier for you to sift through when you really need to.

#5 – Outreach

Outreach is a necessary part of any marketing or sales strategy, but it’s also a time-consuming task.

There are a number of great outreach tools available that can automate a lot of the work for you. For example, BuzzSumo allows you to find influencers in your industry so that you can connect with them, while Hunter.io helps you find email addresses.

You can also hire a virtual assistant to handle your outreach for you.

As a business owner, it’s important to network and build meaningful relationships. You need to focus on the interactions that really matter, while your team (and your carefully-chosen software) handle the rest.

Final Thoughts

It’s vital to remember that just because a task is necessary, doesn’t mean it’s high-value. There are a number of low-value tasks that you can (and should) outsource in order to free up your time and create a leaner, more efficient and more profitable business.