If you know anything at all about outsourcing, you’re probably a mile ahead of many businesses who’ve heard about it but are not really sure what it means. There are a couple of points that bear discussing.
Point Number One: Outsourcing means different things to different businesses.
Point Number Two: Every business can benefit from some form of outsourcing.
You may be able to manage a heavy schedule or multitask efficiently, but if you want to reach a high degree of success in your business and live your true life adventure, there’s no way you can do everything and do it well.
Every business, whether a solo-entrepreneur, a small business with one or two employees or a medium / large sized company can benefit from some form of outsourcing. Knowing what tasks must be accomplished and which of those are income generating is the first critical answer. Those answers can vary depending on the size and type of business.
A solo-entrepreneur must be hyper-organized from the very beginning. If you’re going to run a business on your own, you’ll need to identify what tasks must be managed and then schedule them to be sure they get done. It’s easy for things to fall through the cracks if you don’t structure properly.
Once you know what needs to be done, you can identify the tasks you only can perform and the rest may be outsourced accordingly. Be sure to budget for outsourcing along with advertising and marketing. All are necessary for success.
If you own a small business with one or two employees, you might feel unduly comfortable, thinking you have all the support you need to run your business. My question to you would be:
Will you be happy to settle for mediocre success in exchange for comfort or would you be willing to stretch beyond the boundaries you’ve set for your business and take it to a higher degree of success?
Outsourcing can take you there. By outsourcing basic tasks you can utilize your staff for more detailed work or skill-specific tasks. You’ll spend less money and your employees will have more time to devote to getting their jobs done.
Medium and larger businesses derive the same benefits from outsourcing. Just as corporate executives assign specific tasks to upper level management, managers can rely on Virtual Assistants to do the “busywork.” Things such as appointment setting, data entry, and social media updates will free full time employees to focus on the skilled jobs they were hired to do. Outsourcing certain tasks supports efficiency all the way around while your company becomes more successful.
Knowing where your business is right now and where you want to go will be the first step in determining whether you’re ready to begin outsourcing.
Daven Michaels is a New York Times Best Selling Author and CEO of premiere global outsourcing company, 123Employee, http://www.123Employee.com. The company employs hundreds of young bright individuals on three continents. His International event, Beyond Business Live! http://www.BeyondBusinessLive.com inspires entrepreneurs to meet challenges head-on in with revolutionary new theories and systems allowing them to design the business and personal lifestyles of their dreams.