Couldn’t have put it better myself. Great article here published with smallbusiness yahoo November last year.
It is very true that businesses do struggle to get everything done, and if they spend their funds on employing staff and having to put in place all the things that go with that, office space, equipment, furniture, and the employee overheads of sick and holiday leave, superannuation, taxes, etc, it’s no wonder they get strapped for cash.
But it does make sense to outsource your needs. IT, bookkeeping, administrative support, web support, graphic design and so on. As Marina says in her article, it makes sense to outsource these things and she gave a source to go to for that. Another place to look for most of these services (but not all) is the Virtual Assistant industry here in Australia. The Australian Virtual Assistant Association has a list of Australian VA Networks where you can request for a VA or VAs to support you in your business.
You just have to look at what’s happening to different industries in Australia to know that outsourcing to other businesses here in Australia makes total sense. For those in other countries who are VAs I encourage you to look at what’s happening in your own countries and start to make a noise about businesses outsourcing locally in their own countries. While there are good reasons to do business with others in another country, there’s a ton of sense about outsourcing whatever you can in your own country. For us in Australia the catch cry is ‘Buy Australian‘.
I also run a VA Network attached to this blog. Certainly happy to answer questions in the comments below or by direct contact.