This post is inspired by a comment that I received recently that the resources I’ve been sharing has “no real value”. I disagree. These outsourcing techniques have worked for myself as well as all the small business owners I have shared them with. In fact, just before I wrote this post, I just posted a project on Elance.
Of course, there will be many businesses where outsourcing might be less effective. For example, if your business is the manufacture of industrial products, or maybe you run a cafe or restaurant, a large part of your business can’t be outsourced or brought offshore. For a service-based business, the potential benefits of outsourcing can be much greater.
There’s definitely a part of every business that can be outsourced using my recommended portals oDesk and Elance. Tasks like data entry and bookkeeping exist in every business. Most businesses have a website, and you can outsource the web development and design for a fraction of what it usually costs. If you think even further, you can get a programmer or web developer to create software to automate a lot of your business processes so that you spend time doing what is important instead of just doing it manually.
Virtual assistants (VAs) are another option. You can easily hire a VA to do market research, keep tabs on your competitors, complete your invoicing or even keep tabs on your competitors online.
The #1 reason why people fail at outsourcing is just that they brush it off as something that “doesn’t work” and don’t bother to even give it a try.
I’m sure there are skeptics among you, but my suggestion is, just give it a try. How will you know it doesn’t work if you haven’t even given it a shot? The risk is minimal, you can create a simple task in oDesk for less than $10/hour, and just try out an outsourced contractor for less than $50 and convince yourself that it works.
Of course, hiring an outsourced contractor isn’t always easy, and there are bad contractors just as there are good contractors. If you’re subscribed to my newsletter, I share a golden tip on how to sieve out about half of the bad contractors (who just recycle their resumes) and also some job templates to get you off to a running start.
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