You’ve laid the groundwork for your startup, pulled in business and are seeing some success. But there is something that you’ve forgotten and it wakes you up at night: You need to get your dev team working on a time machine that creates 25 hour days and eight-day weeks.
You simply don’t have the time to accomplish everything.
Luckily, there are services out there to help you. Here are a few of the best.
Fancy Hands features a network of 24/7 assistants who will take care of the tasks associated with your business for a monthly fee. Renting vehicles, securing travel plans and updating your calendar are all tasks that Fancy Hands can handle.
Uassist.us locates US-based assistants who work remotely, sometimes in your time zone. They can help create social media feeds, arrange meetings, and send out email campaigns.
Wonder can dig deep. When you need research to impress an investor or to craft a brilliant blog, Wonder will do that for $19.99 per request. They also have monthly plans, so you can get yourself a dedicated researcher.
I asked the Wonder team how they might help when your founder is writing a blog. What if she gets writer’s block? The answer: “Ask Wonder a question about a topic, industry, news story, current event, or best practice and Wonder researchers will find relevant, credible and citable sources.” I have found that to be true: Wonder delivers more credible sources than other research services, certainly far better than somebody just doing a Google search on your topic. Call it strange, but when I can’t get started writing, just seeing stats makes me want to type, providing the inspiration I need to get rolling.
Another pain point for startups is customer acquisition, specifically how to find your customers and learning about the best ways to contact them. The Wonder team has an answer for that.
“Lead generation for start-ups is a constant and evolving task as the team works to find the perfect product-market fit. Wonder researchers can create prospecting spreadsheets, surface companies within your area of interest, or provide research about best practices for acquiring specific types of customers for specific types of companies,” said the team.
Developing your customer base? Wonder recommends something counter-intuitive but smart: Go broad at first. Ask general questions such as, “What are the best ways to prospect for new customers for our service in big cities like New York or Chicago?”
Popping a big question like that can be dangerous when using interns because their best of intentions will send them wandering down many blind alleys. You won’t like the result. Wonder’s people have the background to deliver on that kind of request, though. Then, after an initial research pass, you can narrow things down with a question like, “Can you create a list of the top 10 companies in San Francisco in our target market and provide contact information for the person in the product development role in those companies.” Get as specific as you like, asking questions like “What is the size of the underwater ROV market? or “How many PhDs are there in the US?”
With services like these it’s now easier than ever to lighten your workload and ease your stress. I’m thinking about asking them to start working on that time machine.