Business Outsourcing for Small Business Owners and Managers
Business owners and managers carry the weight of the whole team. They are praised and rewarded when the team does well and share in the consequences when the team does poorly. This is what makes your job so difficult at times.
1. Does this sound like you?
You are responsible for carrying out your own work roles on top of making sure that everyone else is doing their job. You have to ensure that things stay on schedule and that everyone is performing at the highest possible level. You share the benefits when everything goes right, but you also share the blame when things don’t go as planned.
Business owners and managers carry the weight, discover outsourcing and delegate to make the load lighter.
You may be feeling:
2. Help when you need it
As the business owner or manager, it’s hard to find someone who can help you. Everyone is busy filling their roles, so they usually don’t have the time or training to assist you. Basically, not everyone can do what you do. Even though it seems like you’re in it alone with no one else to help you, there are options that can help relieve some of the workload from your plate.
The best option for business owners and managers of small to medium businesses is to outsource jobs online. When you outsource projects to online freelancers, you give yourself more time to pay attention to growing your business while your business’s day-to-day activities are completed by online resources.
Here are five things that online freelancers can do for you:
Additionally, outsourcing aspects of the business means introducing new ideas and tools to the available pool of resources. This can help the business evolve and grow, and it can make employees work more efficiently. Most important for you is that it takes some of the work off your shoulders and allows you to focus on your team members and the quality of their output.
Learn the five things that online freelancers can do for you, take some of the load off your shoulders.
3. Business outsourcing as a business solution
To help you gain a better sense of online outsourcing as a business solution, take a look at the following stories:
Tim has just recently been hired by a small business to manage a team of employees. He has a hundred things to do, even more so because he is new. He has to get to know everyone on the team, resolve conflicts as they arise, hold regular meetings with the whole team, hold private meetings with individual members, evaluate performance, and manage his own projects such as marketing campaigns and handling the development of the website.
Tim is feeling more than overwhelmed. He’s exhausted. He scrambles to catch up every day, but the workload never seems to lighten.
What Tim needs is some help, but he doesn’t know anyone on his team who is available or qualified to help him. He’s running out of patience, and he needs to find a solution fast.
A few weeks later at a social gathering, a friend tells him about online outsourcing, and he instantly sees how it can help him at work. He finds and hires a freelancer to help him with some of his responsibilities so that he can focus on meeting with team members and keeping track of the team’s progress.
With the help of his freelancer, Tim was able to save hours of his time which he put towards ensuring his team was giving their best effort at reaching business goals. He was able to get everything done without any sacrificed time, and he learned that he and his team performed better once some of the pressure was lifted.
He now works with freelancers on a regular basis which makes his work easier and more enjoyable.
Not Enough Time
Elizabeth has been put in charge of the official business website, but she’s having trouble finding the time to attend to it. She knows that she needs to have it up and running by the end of the month, but she can never seem to get out of meetings or free enough time to work on it.
She’s come up with some ideas and a basic outline of the websites’ features, but she hasn’t been able to meet with any web developers who can help put her ideas into action. She realizes that she’s never going to get it done with the way things have been going at the office.
Through a little bit of research, she discovers that she can outsource her web development needs to online freelancers. This is her best option because she can take care of it during her free moments and even from home. Elizabeth speaks with a couple of developers and chooses the one who is most qualified. Within a month, the website is open to the public without Elizabeth having to sacrifice all her free time.
Ready but Unsure
Alexis is in need of a lot of help. As the owner of a small business, she bears most of the responsibilities at work on top of being in charge of managing her team.
She’s heard that she can delegate many of her responsibilities to online freelancers, but she’s been reluctant to get started because she doesn’t really know how to find freelancers, what the process should look like once she does, the protocol for legal business protection.
Alexis finds a couple of resources that can help her out. One is a guide to finding and hiring qualified freelancers, and the other is a book about contracts, their uses, and how to apply them to outsourced projects. She learns about contracts before getting started to make sure that she can securely outsource her projects.
Once she sees how contracts can protect her business, she continues to select and hire a few freelancers from online freelance marketplaces. Alexis has a lot more time to focus on important tasks with the help of her freelancers, and she can finally slow down and pay more attention to her team. Alexis was intimidated by the idea of outsourcing her projects online because she didn’t have any experience with online outsourcing or knowledge of related contracts.
Her newfound knowledge of contracts helped her implement them in her freelance projects to establish objectives and protect the privacy of the business.
If any of these scenarios sound familiar, it may be a signal that online outsourcing can help you too. Countless business managers have found relief using this online tool and have brought more diversity to their businesses, increased productivity, and saved money in the process. In today’s globally connected world, it is becoming increasingly common to see projects come together with the help of people from many different locations. This is a strength, not a weakness, and it amps up the potential of anyone or any entity who uses it efficiently.
It is becoming common to see projects come together with the help of talent from different locations.
We hope that this overview has piqued your interest for considering whether online outsourcing is right for you. If you're ready for the next step, check out our books and the many freelance marketplaces to explore how freelancers can help.
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