The value of giving clear instructions

I recently outsourced a particular business task and when the work was returned to me – and perfectly done, I might add –┬áthe 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┬átarget market (i.e. who they want to read the article), the style,┬ákeywords, spelling (e.g. Australian, US or UK), article’s purpose,┬átheir image… the list goes on). It makes it so much easier to write – and write well –┬áthan 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…

About the author, Donna-Marie

Donna-Marie is an award-winning Entrepreneur, Author, Online Mentor and Content Marketing Specialist who's been lifting up small business owners since 1998. She's got an incredible talent for showing business owners how to build their dream business and life, teaching them systems to boost profits and enjoy more freedom, all at the same time. Don't just go with the flow... create your business - and life - by design. ­čĺĽ