You're Not A Techy ... Now What?

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Becoming a solopreneur is the ultimate definition of ‘career goals.’ Not only is it a great opportunity to become your own boss and enjoy plenty of flexibility, but with the effective execution of the right business idea, it can also be very lucrative. Of course, the rewards go hand in hand with a number of difficulties too. And that usually means having to DIY everything. However, learning to outsource help, particularly in areas where you’re not savvy, can pay off considerably. The best tech-based assistance around is right at your fingertips.

The Tech Tools of Your Trade

In this day and age, there’s a tech solution for just about everything under the sun. Most of these solutions come in the form of tech tools like apps and software, which can be easily installed on your devices to address a need or perform a function. For example, perhaps you have a procrastination problem, which is common enough for solopreneurs and remote workers. This can then be handled by using productivity tools that help keep your workday in check.

Obviously, the tech tools you use will hinge heavily on the business you’re running. But one thing that remains common for just about every business—regardless of size, industry, etc.— is the need for cyber security. The reality is, as awesome as technology is for businesses, it can also leave you vulnerable to identity theft and data hacks, making tech investments in digital security measures and tools paramount—not to mention, responsible.

Increasing Your (Man)Power

Now, any business is the sum of its parts, running the gamut from the creative to the technical, the administrative to financial (to name just a few). With these in mind, it doesn’t serve you to take the ‘solo’ in ‘solopreneur’ too seriously, as doing so can lead to inefficiencies in the way you run your business, as well as a burnout.

As your business grows (and maybe even from the very start), it’s smart to bring in professional help. Thankfully, you don’t have to keep up the responsibilities and overhead that come with hiring full-time manpower if you look to remote freelancers who are experts in tasks and projects that your business needs.

When bringing in freelance talent, it’s ideal to make sure they won’t be a liability or a danger to your operations. This makes a background check on potential employees and freelancers a must-have. You also want to make sure to keep this process above board. As a rule of thumb, start by learning the Fair Credit Reporting Act guidelines in your particular state. For most areas, would-be employers are required to extend a conditional job offer first before a criminal background check, as well as let an applicant know of this check and that results could affect the outcome of their application.

Services That Serve Your Interests

Undoubtedly among the biggest challenges of starting a business is the paperwork and the legal and financial nitty-gritty. You’ll need to learn all about paying your taxes, personal liability, and so much more, which can be quite overwhelming for the uninitiated.

You may be relieved to know there are services that can take care of the necessary paperwork and legal aspects for you, to ensure you have everything you need to run a business. These services not only make the process of business formation easier and quicker than if you have to figure it out yourself, but they can also be quite affordable too.

Suffice it to say, the mark of a good solopreneur is the ability to make efficient use of the resources available and easily accessible online. So do yourself a favor and throw money at problems and impediments where you can—not just to take them out of your hands, but also to truly hit the ground running in your solopreneurship journey.

 

Sarah Bull

sarah@economymom.com

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