Imagine this dilemma, a common one for ambitious entrepreneurs in the early days of launching a company: Eager to save costs, they work out of a room in their home. Needing to focus their energy on developing a groundbreaking new product or service, they let phone calls go to voice mail and only check e-mail at the end of the day, when they very well might be too tired to respond. This sort of single-minded focus, while admirable, risks branding any new venture as unprofessional. Which is one reason so many entrepreneurs and small businesses these days outsource administrative duties -- like handling phone calls, e-mails and scheduling -- to personal assistants who may work far from their home base. This allows small companies to focus all of their resources on building their business without the cost of hiring a full-time assistant and without the risk of appearing amateurish.
Making a good impression is vital for any size company, but read on to find out how outsourcing can help a business avoid an audit.