The Basics of Outsourcing – FREE.
I've been remiss. I have known about these freebies for several weeks and just haven't shared yet. I didn't mean to keep them all to myself, but… time snuck away, again! 😉
So, here's the scoop. One of the things that increased my business profits over the last year the most is outsourcing. I started low, but now I pay, on average, about $1500/month to my helpers and I plan to increase that next year to $2000-$3000 or more.
At first I didn't think I could afford to outsource. Now I know I can't afford NOT to outsource. It would cost me time and money if I didn't.
The problem, though, is that it's not easy to figure it all out alone. Here comes one of my standard sayings, but I STRUGGLED — BAD. Initially, I had difficulties finding quality people. That, in itself, is a nightmare. You ask around and everyone says to check elance.com or rentacoder.com but — I'm just not a fan. The one place I made the most connections was www.MomsMastermind.com where I hired pretty much all my regular help, except my main writer who I use for EasyPLR.com (and, no, I'm not telling her name, because she's mine… all mine!!!)
So, after struggling to find helpers, once I got them I didn't know what the heck to DO with them! I started to send them tasks, but it just wasn't working like I'd hoped, as I was still in the middle of everything and working just as hard as before, while paying others. (Yes, I know it sounds moronic, but this is harder than it looks!)
Why am I telling you this? Because I want to be honest with you, and because outsourcing does not have to be as difficult as I made it. I'm now in a nice flow with just a few amazing work at home moms who work on my side projects and help with customer support so that I can continue to focus on what is FUN — like this blog. 🙂
Alice Seba put together everything you'd ever need to Outsource effectively.
But, I mentioned freebies and freebies I have.
Here you go…
The first link above has a free call about Outsourcing.
The second link is a Q&A session.
Both are free.
I also recommend that you sign up for the notification list on the pages, because she occasionally sends out extra bonuses.
I'll be meeting you on the inside. 🙂
I appreciate shares and I adore comments! Please share your thoughts.
JennNovember 14, 2007 at 3:27 pm
I couldn’t agree more! I just hired a VA in August, and I must say I don’t know what I would do without her now! Best investment I’ve made.
virtual assistant staffNovember 15, 2007 at 9:15 pm
I agree.., Finally businesses recognize the potential of outsourcing.., Company and businesses find out that outsourcing is potential strategic benefits and they can save cost.. Nice article two thumps up.. Guys if You don’t mind check out our site.. thanks 😉
Silent MaverickNovember 19, 2007 at 9:00 am
outsourcing is not only very helpful to you but also to freelancers that make their money being a service provider online..
Thanks for having people like you around who managed to trust freelancers like us.. 😀
Tishia LeeNovember 21, 2007 at 10:45 am
I’m at the point in my business where I know how beneficial outsourcing would be but I’m still hung up on the whole I can’t afford it. I’ve checked out this report plus I am taking advantage of Alice’s $1.00 Outsourcing Sweetie beta offer and I’m seeing more and more how I can’t afford NOT to outsource! It’s still a huge step to take and it kind of freaks me out.
AdministratorNovember 21, 2007 at 12:31 pm
Yeah, it is freaky to start. I understand. I’d say to start just by outsourcing the things that you either 1. struggle with or 2. dislike.
For me, I outsource the things I struggle with:
1. Graphics, because it’s just too frustrating to me (and because others can do it much quicker and better than I can).
And, the things I don’t like:
3. Some customer service.
4. Anything really monotonous like research.
5. LadyPens.com — all of the article reviews.
That’s where I find I need help most.
What are you thinking of outsourcing first? 🙂
PeterJune 21, 2008 at 10:46 pm
Thanks for the tips in this post. Was exactly what I needed. Cheers. Peter