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Understandably, small businesses need to keep their budget tightly under control. When you’re working with a shoestring budget, you can’t afford to spend inconsiderably. So, if you are launching your first venture, you’ll get to appreciate the saying “time is money”. Indeed, if you need someone else’s time, you’ll need to pay for it. Alternatively, managing most services on an in-house basis — aka using your time — can save you money. 

Yet, the DIY approach can be detrimental to business growth. Doing everything yourself also comes at a cost. Your time is precious, especially in a small business. You are more likely to achieve better results if you focus on the things you do best. Additionally, in-house managed strategies require constant investment in new equipment and tools. Needless to say, on a tight budget, tech investment, maintenance, and management can be challenging. In reality, DIY strategies are never as profitable as they seem. Here’s why it’s beneficial to trust a pro who can bring their own tools to the job. 

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Bye-bye logistic nightmare

Solo entrepreneurs and small business teams face the same problems. They need to make money to grow but to make money, they already need to have a starting capital to equip the business. It’s a never-ending story of needing money to make money. Yet, if you remove the need for securing some of the tools and equipment by contracting with a 3pl services provider, you can keep things moving smoothly. Logistic planning is the most challenging part of small online selling ventures that struggle to make sense of warehousing, packing, and shipping requirements. Your provider can sort out the whole process on your behalf, bringing their technology and planning know-how to the task. 

No tech expertise? No problem

There’s accessibility technology such as mobile apps and specialist tech, such as heavy machinery. Even though you can find specialist tech available on purchase or hiring, it’s unlikely to solve your issues. Without the necessary expertise to handle tools (small and large) and identify which one is best suited for the job, you’re likely to waste time and money. You could even put the whole project development at risk. Additionally, there’s also time management to take into consideration, including training time and the period during which you will not be able to perform y our usual tasks. Hiring a contractor with your heavy equipment could be a game-changer!

You don’t have to buy new tools

There’s another advantage of using someone else’s tools to do the job: You can save money for the tech investments that are meaningful for your business. Did you know that too many small companies continue to work on outdated office tech because the dedicated budget goes to unnecessary DIY projects? Outdated tech can make you more vulnerable to digital security risks and productivity loss. As a rule of thumb, you should keep your office tech up-to-date. This will ensure compatibility and save you costs in the long term. 

Working with specialist providers and contractors can save you a ton of hassles. Indeed, partners can bring their expertise and tools to the project, saving you from logistics challenges, learning how to use the tools, or even spending money on technology you only need occasionally. Streamline your tools and solutions investments to bring your company to the next level. 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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