Many small business owners find themselves stuck behind a desk for hours just to keep up with payroll and HR compliance. Sound familiar?

You may think it would be too expensive or that you have too few employees to outsource your payroll. However, it is quite the opposite. The time you’ll gain back to focus on your company’s needs will surely reward your bottom line and give you and your employees peace of mind.

Here are five ways you can improve your business with your new free time.

1. Learn Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

SEO is the process of increasing website traffic by gaining a high rank on the list of search results in a search engine, like Google. With a majority of people researching products and services before they buy, it is key for your business to be seen.

 For example, if you run a small flower shop, you want to be at the top of the search results when someone Googles, “flower shops near me”. This allows the potential customer to easily find your business.

The good news? You don’t have to be a computer wiz to make a difference in your search results ranking!  You can improve your ranking just by adding a few keywords to page titles on your website.

Having a basic knowledge of SEO can drastically improve your website's search ranking, thus increasing traffic. A good place to start is by reading The Beginners Guide to SEO and begin to implement some tips and tricks into your website design.

2. Take Google Analytics and AdWords courses.

Don’t know where your web traffic is coming from? Consider joining Google’s Analytics Academy to learn how to grow your business through data collection and analysis. This will allow you to find out if people are accessing your website from their phones or desktops and where people are looking for you. For example, let’s say you run a restaurant and find out that most of your website traffic is coming from people ages 18-35. They’re finding you from their mobile device and are within a five-mile radius. You can assume they are searching, “places to eat near me,” as they are walking around town.

Use this knowledge to target advertisements to those people when they search for restaurants on Google. You can do that by using Google AdWords. The Academy for Ads is where you will gain new digital skills, create new awareness and learn how you can succeed with Google Ads. This will allow you to create ads that appear on Google as well as have ads pop-up on other websites when your potential buyer is browsing the internet. Google Analytics will then help you measure your conversion rate to see what is working and what is not. Hello, future!   

3. Talk to your target market.

Nothing is better for a business than keeping a great relationship with your target market. Make surveys and interview your top customers to discover what they love and what their biggest pain point is for your line of business. There are plenty of free survey tools, like Survey Money, that you can use to get answers to your business questions.

This will help you stay in line with your current customers and help you gain new ones. Don’t forget to confirm who your target market is with Google Analytics. Remember, Google Analytics can show you who is searching for you and through what medium they are finding you.

4. Outline a hiring plan.

Many small businesses feel that hiring new employees is one of their biggest challenges. Take time to campaign your open position on social sites like Indeed or LinkedIn. Learn new interview questions to ask, like the Behavioral Event question, and what personality traits and skills to look for in your ideal candidate.

Just because the perfect candidate agreed to join your team doesn’t mean that they are planning on staying for the long run. Make sure to have seamless employee onboarding to present your company as professional and organized to the new employee. Check out three ways to implement employee onboarding that increases retention.

5. Hold weekly brainstorming sessions with your team.

You may think, “why do I need to do this? We see each other every day.” As a small business owner, you have the unique advantage of being able to get to know your employees on a more personal level. Because of that, it is important to carve out time to speak to your employees weekly. Use these brainstorming sessions to follow-up on projects, learn about trends your employees are noticing, and how you can better help your employees succeed. This will create an open conversion where employees should not be afraid to state their opinions and explain their new ideas.

Outsourcing payroll can improve your business.

Think about your current process for handling payroll. How much time are you spending on managing timesheets, tracking down employees to confirm their hours worked and cross-referencing federal and state regulations to ensure you’re reporting taxes properly?

When you remove those duties from your work schedule, all the extra time gained can be spent experimenting with the tasks outlined above, improving your business overall. PrimePay's all-inclusive payroll, tax, and HR bundle lets you get back to business quicker. Get 60 days free today!

Disclaimer: Please note that this article is not all-inclusive. Our guidance is designed only to give general information on the issues actually covered. It is not intended to be a comprehensive summary of all laws which may be applicable to your situation, treat exhaustively the subjects covered, provide legal advice, or render a legal opinion. Consult your own legal advisor regarding specific application of the information to your own plan.

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in Sept. 2018 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.