Sometimes you are not your own best employee.
Sometimes you are not the most cost-effective choice for handling certain aspects of your business.
Sometimes success in small business relies on recognizing where you could use some help and investing in the things that really make a difference to your productivity and profitability.
Sometimes, small business outsourcing is just a better idea.
Plain and simple.
Should You Outsource – Business and Personal Factors
Outsourcing certain business tasks is often the best strategy for small business management, both personally and professionally.
In every business’ life, there comes a time when, for one reason or another, it is in your best interest to bring in some outside help. The motivation can often start as personal in nature, but in truth the impact of successful outsourcing cannot be entirely separated from either side of life; the result of successful outsourcing should benefit you in your personal and business life.
The motivation behind outsourcing can very basically be broken down into one of two factors – time or skill.
Personally, if either a lack of time or lack of skill causes you stress and strain, thereby spilling over and affecting your personal life, it is time to get some help. Being dedicated to your business is not the same as letting it rule your life. Remember why you became a small business owner to begin with and look at outsourcing as a way to maintain a balance between your personal and business life.
Good Help Is Hard To Find – Or Is It?
They say good help is hard to find. This old adage keeps many small business people from outsourcing and improving their business and personal lives. However, if you know what to look for, you can find good help in short time, and start enjoying the benefits right away.
Here are a few tips to help you find good outsourced service-people:
If you are outsourcing a project, also consider your needs after completion so that you can get the ongoing support you need. Work to build a relationship with good freelancers so that you can readily come back again for subsequent projects and issues. In this case, also consider correlating pay to milestones throughout the project as an incentive to see the project through to completion.
Whether it is a virtual assistant you need to relieve the burden of record-keeping tasks and communications, a programmer, designer or writer for marketing campaigns, there are plenty of great agents out there waiting to fill your need. When business and pleasure begin to suffer, use these tips to ease your burden and increase productivity, all the while making your small business thrive.
I recently outsourced a particular business task and when the work was returned to me – and perfectly done, I might add – the contractor commented on how easy the job was given the clear, detailed instructions I provided her with.
Personally, I know how much easier it is for me to do a client’s work well when they have given me clear outlines of what they are looking for. In the example of writing an article for someone, it’s much easier to do when they outline the length of the article, the specific target market (i.e. who they want to read the article), the style, keywords, spelling (e.g. Australian, US or UK), article’s purpose, their image… the list goes on). It makes it so much easier to write – and write well – than when someone doesn’t have a clear picture of what they’re after.
So whenever you outsource or sub-contract work, aim to provide a clear, detailed brief. In most cases, a good service provider will ask you appropriate questions to gather this information but if they don’t, make sure you provide the details and ask them if there’s anything else they need to know to make their job easier.
You’d be surprised at the difference it can make to the quality of the work that is done for you.
Here’s to your business success…