How to Leverage the Power of Outsourcing
By: Kayla Stevens 03/10/2015
As Inc so adequately points out, it is basically impossible to build a business all by yourself. For many, finding good quality, experienced help is not always easy. With this in mind, most entrepreneurs will eventually end up outsourcing their work in order to get the high-quality help that they need at an affordable price. But how is it done? How can you leverage the power of outsourcing?
1. Know When to Outsource
One of the first steps in outsourcing for your business is to know when you need to do so. As Entrepreneur Magazine explains, “For every company, the right time to outsource is different. Some businesses have in-house staff to handle daily activities, but may need outside help to undertake new projects that don't warrant another full-time employee. When you and your current employees are unable to manage the day-to-day business of your company and build the business satisfactorily, it may be time to consider outsourcing.” Is your business or company suffering because you and your employees cannot keep up with all of the needed tasks? Then perhaps outsourcing is your answer.
2. Determine the Need
Before you can successfully look for people to outsource your work to, you have to determine exactly what it is that you need. Although this sounds simple enough, it is an important step in the outsourcing process. You have to understand what you want to do, what you do not want done, and what needs to be delegated to others to do. The best jobs to outsource are those that you either cannot do, do not like doing, or do not want to do yourself. The jobs that you feel you must do yourself, of course, would not be outsourced. Remember to try not to be a control-freak and decided that you must do it all in order to “make sure it is done right.” There are many capable and qualified professionals just waiting for you to outsource to them.
3. Know Where to Outsource From
There are several online sites from which businesses can outsource all types of virtual workers. Time Doctor shares a few of these sites and tells a bit about how each of them works. As the article explains, sites such as oDesk, Elance, Freelancer, Guru, and more all allow you to post a job description and seek out qualified contractors or freelance workers to do the work for you. People can bid on your job, negotiate the pay, and decide on whether the job will be a one-time payment deal or an hourly rate will be paid. On most of these types of sites, contractors have a rating system which allows you to see how well they have done on previous jobs, how much experience they have had, etc.
4. Pick Your Person(s)
Once you have decided that you do, indeed need to outsource some of your company's work, have realized exactly what work needs to be outsourced, and chosen a site or two that you will outsource from, it is time to choose your outsourcer. There are many factors that go into choosing someone, and many of them are similar to hiring an employee. You need to determine what level of skill is needed for the job or jobs at hand, remembering that the more highly skilled someone is, the more they are likely to charge you. You will need to determine how many hours per week that you will need this person to work on your project, and fit it into your budget. If you are paying a set price instead of hourly, you will need to agree on a time that the project will be completed. You may wish to start off outsourcing smaller tasks until you get the hang of it. Then you can make outsourcing an integral part of how your business is run.