Simplified Tips for Business Outsourcing

21 Apr Simplified Tips for Business Outsourcing

Get Started with Outsourcing

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As a small business owner, it’s difficult to do everything in your business. Developing a strategy for your business allows you to easily see when a task should be sent to the professionals. As business owners it can be easy to get caught up in the day and micro-manage your activities. However, this will often hold your business back from reaching it’s potential.

Outsourcing is a great way to take back control of your business leveraging the abilities of the experts. Thankfully with the growth in online outsourcing services it has never been easier to find professional to help in your business growth. It is often worth your time to keep in up to date with trusted outsourcing companies like AsianProSource.com.

Should you use a Freelancer or Virtual Assistant.

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After using a few freelancers and virtual assistants (VA) over the years I have learnt a number of lessons – some more costly than others.

Firstly it is important to know if you are looking for a Freelancer or Virtual Assistant. Freelancers are great for one off jobs whereas you generally have an ongoing arrangement with your Virtual Assistant. Be prepared to dedicate some time to train a VA on your expectations and the quality of work.

1 – Be clear on your expectations

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Unless you have clear objectives for a task or project do not opt for outsourcing. I have found that if you cannot provide a clear list of requirements you will end up wasting your money because you wont end up with the result you require.

Not only will this slow you down it also means you will need to redo tasks or hire another freelancing to complete to align with your requirments.

2 – Standard of work

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When you use a VA or freelancer for the first time you need to be clear with the standard of work you expect. If possible try and see some work samples before you engage someone for a job.

3 – You get what you pay for

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This is true in almost every instance, if a job sounds too cheap for the service it probably will be. Have a realistic budget for your projects so you can afford to get a high standard of work.

4 – Check the work

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Unless you have a good relationship with a virtual assistant or know the quality of the freelancers work, never send out work unless you have checked it first yourself.

5 – Don’t have a pressing deadline

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If you post a project online make sure you allow some time after the project deadline to check the work before it goes out to the client.

6 – Be aware of cultural differences

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Sometimes communication with a freelancer can be difficult be sure to agree on the expectations prior to commencing the work.

What can you Outsource in your Business

I have never outsourced my core business activities but I created a list of basic tasks you may be able to outsource. I find administrative tasks are best for outsourcing to ensure quality control.

 

  • Setting up Autoresponders
  • Email Management
  • Proofreading
  • Schedule / Calendar Management
  • Creating reports (reports on weekly tasks, deliverables, sales)
  • Research on certain topics for projects
  • Create marketing collateral
  • Social media management
  • Bookkeeping
  • Managing your website

 

Finding the right freelancer or virtual assistant for you can be difficult but if when you find the right person for the job it will allow you to work on your business not just in it. Be prepared to take the time to train anyone that you intend to have an ongoing relationship with.

Be sure to find quality partners to align your business with to ensure a high standard or work and service is delivered.

 

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