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5 Tips For Outsourcing Success

Outsourcing can be a great thing. If done right it can help free up your time so you can work on growing your business. At the same time if you’re not careful it could quickly become your very worst nightmare. In order to get the most out of outsourcing you need a plan. Here are five things you can do to create an outsourcing plan of action.

What To Outsource?

Determine what you need to outsource. What is your goal? What do you want to accomplish? Goals are different for each person and business. You may want to boost your bottom line. You may want to stop working 70 hour weeks. You may want to offload jobs or tasks that you dislike but are a necessary part of your business. Determine your goals first, and then build a strategy that supports them.

Face Your Fears

Face your fears. Be honest about your fears. Outsourcing makes great business sense but it isn’t always easy. You may be afraid you’ll lose control or that you might hire the wrong person. Document these fears and then take steps to create a strategy which minimizes your possible risks and fears.

List Your Steps and Tasks

Create a comprehensive list of all of the steps and tasks required to run your business today. Then create a list of all the goals you have for your business and the tasks required to achieve those goals.  For example, if you want to publish an ebook then you’ll need to write the ebook, write a sales page, create a book cover, get it set up with a payment button, and market the book. Each one of these steps can be outsourced and included in your outsourcing strategy and plan.

Document Your Processes

Create an SOP or “standard operating procedure” for each task and job responsibility. Document the process from beginning to end. When you outsource that task your SOP makes it easy for your contractor to complete the job effectively and proficiently because they understand exactly what you need.

Start Slow

Approach outsourcing one step or contractor at a time. This will help you learn from any mistakes. Also consider using a test project with each new contractor. For example, if you hire a person to write an ebook you may first want to hire them to write an article or short report. That way your chosen contractor understands what is required and you can see if they are the right person for the job.

If you approach outsourcing in a planned and control way then you’ll minimize stress and find outsourcing to be the best way for a solopreneur to reach new levels in business!

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So what do you think? Do you outsource? What tips do you have?

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My Experiences With Outsourcing

Outsourcing is a fantastic way to increase your income while NOT doing the tedious work. I came to realization early last year that some things were just NOT going to get done unless I outsourced the work.

I spent $5400 on oDesk last year outsourcing tasks I didn’t want to do but that needed to be done.  

So what can you outsource? Anything! Basically the sky is the limit.

Here are some tasks I outsourced last year:
  • Articles
  • Software Development
  • Ebook Creation
  • Backlinks

There are many other things that you could outsource as well. 

I’ve had good and bad experiences. I’ve had writers send me back gibberish (absolute garbage articles). I’ve had workers just disappear in the middle of the job. I’ve heard every excuse possible as to why the work wasn’t completed on time.

On the other hand, I’ve found workers who do an outstanding job. I have had writers who go above and beyond what I was asking for, who complete jobs before they are due, and who’s work is truly amazing.

Using a freelance board like oDesk gives you the ability to hire for lower prices. This can be good and bad. All in all, outsourcing is well worth the hassle it can be to find good and reliable workers.

Here are some tips to help you when looking for workers:

1. Be very clear. It is so important that you are extremely clear on what you would like done. Ask if they clearly understand your instructions. Always be open to communication and let them know that you are available if they need to ask questions along the way.

2. Know your budget. First, figure out exactly what you need to outsource. You can’t go into outsourcing blind. It’s important that you make a return on your investment. So make sure you do some number crunching. If you’re spending more than you’re making – you’re headed for trouble.

3. Be stern. Don’t give second chances if the work they provided was not up to your standards. There are too many great workers out there. Cut your losses and find someone else. Yep, don’t be a push-over (as much as you can)! 🙂

I don’t just use oDesk for outsourcing work. Sometimes it makes sense to outsource backlinks to Backlink Philippines or buy blog commenting package from UltraSEOSolutions.

I also have hired Warriors on the Warrior Forum to do work for me. You can find a lot of great help there! Oh, I can’t leave out Fiverr. I’ve used people there to build links for me.

If you’re not outsourcing yet…why not? It’s just a matter of getting out there and doing it.

Overall, my experience with outsourcing has been great. It helps me get things done! It’s something I will continue to do that’s for sure. Outsourcing is definitely working smarter!

Do you outsource? What things have you learned?