8 Things Every Solopreneur Should Know about Outsourcing
You work hard because you care about your business. Chances are, you are the hardest working person you know. You do this because you know that there is no one you can trust more than yourself. As a result, it may feel as if there is an endless pile of chores to do, paperwork to fill out, customers to attend to, projects to manage, and regulations to comply with. The list could go on forever!
The overwhelming amount of work can have you working long work weeks. You may even find that your life revolves around your business because your schedule is so full of work-related tasks. This can often leave you with little time for yourself, your family, and your social life.
Don't do it all by yourself. Learn about the 8 things every solopreneur should know about outsourcing.
1. Doing it all yourself
You may have been considering hiring an employee to help you out, but you know that you can save the business money by doing things yourself. There are three major problems with this:
While it is not without reward, your hard work may not be doing as much good as you think! This nonstop effort can leave you exhausted and stretched thin, which can make you more likely to make mistakes or become forgetful or irate.
Additionally, if you never delegate duties to new team members, your company will stay the same size forever. This may not seem like a bad thing, but if you want to see your business grow and maybe even become a corporation in the future, you’re going to have to start trusting new team members with important tasks.
2. Why diversity matters
The fewer people you have working at your business, the less diverse it can be. Diversity means many different perspectives, lifestyles, and skill sets. When you work alone or with a very small team, you have a small set of skills and opinions available to you. However, when you work with a variety of professionals, you can have virtually every skill available to you as needed. Doesn’t that sound better?
3. How can you do it?
You may be wondering how you might manage keeping experts for every task employed when you run a small business. Hiring a full time professional for each type of task performed on a regular basis may seem absurd and way over budget. You might be surprised to know that qualified, professional help is available, and it’s affordable and offers all the benefits of keeping a variety of experts on staff: its called online outsourcing.
When outsourcing to freelancers online, you only pay for work that is successfully completed or for the total work hours billed. You are under no obligation to keep them hired full-time or even part-time. In other words, they are available for work when you need them but off your payroll when you don’t.
Your hard work may not be doing as much good as you think, delegate duties to your team members.
4. Sounds great, but how can I trust them?
Your concerns about trust are perfectly valid. Meeting someone once does not give you enough time to evaluate their character. Meeting someone online may give you even less of an ability to make a sound judgement before hiring. However, with online freelancers you have the advantage of being able to see reviews from past clients that detail how well they perform and what it’s like to work with them. This will give you a better sense of their professionality and work conduct before deciding who to hire.
Ensure the security of your business, implement contracts with your online freelancers and teams.
Even better, you have the option of implementing contracts with your online employees. This ensures that the security of your business will not be breached by members of your online team. Between the access to testimonials and reviews from past clients and the option to use contracts, hiring online freelancers is no less of a gamble than hiring in-house employees.
If you’re still not convinced, take a look at these stories to help you understand the benefits of online outsourcing...
Calling in an Expert
Sarah is an entrepreneur with a busy schedule. To save money, she performs all of her necessary business tasks by herself. She deals with customers, manages projects, takes care of marketing, and maintains her website, among her other key tasks.
Being overloaded with work has resulted in to her making more than one mistake in the past and she’s thought about hiring some extra help, but she’s not sure if anyone can do a better job than she can.
What Sarah really wants is the help of experts who can provide professional results for each of her needs.
She knows how expensive it can be to take on new employees, so she decides to give online outsourcing a try. She was able to simplify the process with the help of her online outsourcing guide, Need Business Services? Outsource That, which showed her where to find freelancers and how to pick the good ones.
After registering her business on one of the top freelancer websites, she was started posting jobs in a matter of minutes. Within hours of posting her first job, she has received a massive response. She begins filtering out applicants by viewing profiles and conducting interviews. She finally selects a financial planner that suits all of her needs and fits her budget. This frees up her time so that she can perform better at her other work responsibilities.
She contracted with the freelancer at a reduced cost and didn’t have to worry about paying them a full-time salary or provide benefits.
An Eye-Catching Design
Mark is working on a new marketing strategy. It requires him to make an eye-catching billboard design that can display his new logo. He knows he needs to hire a graphic designer for the job, but he hasn’t had any luck so far.
He’s tried to meet with representatives from a local graphic design firm, but he always ends up cancelling his appointments because of work emergencies.
With Mark so busy at work, he hasn’t really had the time to meet with graphic designers during regular business hours.
Mark learns that he can outsource his graphic design projects to freelancers online, and he jumps at the opportunity. He immediately visits a couple of freelance websites and sees the multitude of professionals who are available to help him.
Within a few days, he finds the perfect freelancer for his project and begins telling him his ideas and giving instructions. Within a week, the freelancer has delivered his first version of the project, and by the end of the month, the billboard is up and visible to millions of people.
Mark was able to increase his customer base with his new eye-catching billboard, saving time and money in the process. With the help of the online freelancer, he was able to do everything listed on his agenda and has created a more lucrative business by using this outsourcing tool.
The Experienced Outsourcer
Tina has been outsourcing projects online for a while. It has helped her in countless ways and she has saved thousands of dollars since she began working with freelancers.
The problem she faces now is that she spends a lot of her time managing her outsourced projects and connecting with her online employees. While she has saved a lot of money and freed up a lot of time, she would like to free up even more time.
She has learned that she can trust her freelancers, and now she wants to spend more time at home with her family.
She realizes that she hasn’t been handling her freelance projects as efficiently as she could be. What she really wants is to find a method that can make the process a little bit easier.
Through a networking event, she is introduced to an online project manager and she makes the decision to hire one to help her with her outsourced projects. With the help of her online project manager, she is able to dramatically reduce the amount of time she spends dealing with her freelancers. She also gets to spend more time at home with her family with this new help, knowing that her projects are secure and taken care of.
Tina was doing a great job at saving money with online outsourcing, but she wasn’t saving as much time as she wanted to. Her business became more diverse and she got more done in less time at a lower cost, but she wasn’t adapting well to handling many freelance projects at once.
It started as a solution, but became a problem, and she needed a way to manage it more effectively. With the help of her online project manager, Tina was able to regain the benefits of online outsourcing and her free time as well.
Having struggles in running your own business? Online outsourcing changes all that! We know!
As a Solopreneur, you should identify with the above stories. You are probably familiar with the struggles involved in running your own business with very little help. Online outsourcing changes all that, however, and it can add diversity to your business and give you more time for yourself, your projects, or whatever it is you need!
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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Solopreneurs tend to work at one thing consistently. They are hardworking and content simply to do the work. Solopreneurs are reluctant to outsource and are in no rush to hire an employee for them to manage. They need to understand and control everything, and you may find them pitching in and doing most of the work themselves. With the feeling that their work is never done, solopreneurs are easily tempted into becoming workaholics. Typically, they may do all administration, marketing, customer service, and service delivery by themselves.
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From the Shop
Managing Outsourced Projects with SPEED! - This is the mothership of all our books. It takes you through the entire spectrum of what it means to outsource on freelance websites, and it provides a framework that you can adopt to help you define and post your projects.
Tips for Selecting and Hiring the Best Online Freelancers - When you post a project on a freelance website, you can get many applicants—maybe a dozen or more. This book will help you sift through the many nuances that come with each applicant.
An Outsourcers Guide to Effective Project Planning - Planning projects is a big deal, and it can either be fun or a real chore. This book will help with some of the disciplines involved in planning an outsourced project and keeping a project on track.
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