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1. Know When to Outsource

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If you have been around long enough, you would have been told many times that you should not outsource all of your business, which is very true, but the question exists in your mind: What should I outsource? At the end of the day, this question can only be answered by you. Whatever you decide to do in your business, there will be obstacles, and outsourcing provides a way to help you overcome some of them.

Course Details:

1 Type of Activity + Quiz

2 Savings – Time & Money + Quiz

3 Resources vs. Needs + Quiz

Conclusion



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Know When to Outsource

If you have been around long enough, you would have been told many times that you should not outsource all of your business, which is very true, but the question exists in your mind: What should I outsource? At the end of the day, this question can only be answered by you. Whatever you decide to do in your business, there will be obstacles, and outsourcing provides a way to help you overcome some of them.

Type of Activity

On average, outsourcing generates the best results when used for non-profit-generating activities. These may include administrative tasks, bookkeeping/accounting, copy writing, web design, and many others. While these activities are essential for your business to succeed, they do not, in and of themselves, generate any income. In fact, they usually reside strictly in the debit column, which makes controlling the costs of those activities highly important.

Savings – Time & Money

You obviously can’t be everywhere or do everything. And even if you are capable of accomplishing a task, your schedule may not allow you to get it done in a timely manner. For such time-sensitive projects, bringing in an online service provider can be hugely beneficial. Along with time considerations, of course, are cost considerations. Cost-prohibitive projects may turn out to be affordable if you work with a freelancer online where costs are established up front and overhead is greatly reduced or eliminated completely.

Resources vs. Needs

Sometimes your needs are going to exceed your available resources. These resources can include time and money, as discussed earlier, but can also include manpower, equipment/software and expertise. Then again, sometimes you may have the necessary resources but outsourcing still proves to be the better option.

Conclusion

The first step to using outsourcing to your advantage is identifying which projects can easily and sensibly be carried out by an online freelancer. Careful consideration is necessary for deciding what tasks you’re willing to have fulfilled outside your own walls.

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