When it comes to building your online business, you’ll quickly discover that there are only so many hours in a day. No matter how hard you try to manage your time effectively and get more done in less time, you’ll never be able to achieve the same results you would if you developed your own private outsourcing team.
Benefit of outsourcing
If your company is on a shoestring budget, there are strategies that will help you find the most affordable freelancers who are just as experienced and dedicated as the higher priced ones, saving you time and money in the process.
Give the repetitive jobs to a reliable freelancer, and you will find yourself becoming not only more productive, but more creative as you can focus on the things you truly enjoy or things that only you can do.
Freelancers are not added to your payroll, you are not required to offer benefits, insurance or even bonuses. They are paid either per project such as programmer, or based on specific time frames, such as monthly, or on how many hours are dedicated to each project such as virtual assistance to manage your helpdesk.
What you need to look at before hiring freelancer
Broken promises of the freelancer - Sometimes freelancers promise something that they cannot do. In the end they cannot finished the project.
The skill and experience of the freelancer - This is important to determine how well the result you will get.
What features you want to get - Make sure you know the detail of the features you want to have, so you can give clear instruction to your freelancer and get the features you really want.
The cost you have to pay - You may choose those freelancers that have a competitive cost, but you need to make sure that they can accomplish the job with good result.
Below list are couple of jobs you can outsource
If you don’t have enough money, the only way to maximize your profit is using marketing agency to market your product. Marketing agency will have enough experience to have better way to market your product and it will be cheaper than building in-house marketing department.
However, make sure you see the rating or the review about that agency or freelancers. You need to find out how easy this people are to work with and if you will get your money’s worth from them.
You can choose to hire local agencies or international agency. It’s depending on your target. International agency might be cheaper than your local agency. However, you need to hire local agency if you targeting local costumer.
Outsourcing virtual assistants
Handling all of the workload associated with running and maintaining your business can quickly become extremely overwhelming, especially if you are trying to manage it entirely on your own.
By hiring a virtual assistant, you can instantly free up your time and resources, so that you can focus on something more important.
Nowadays, many virtual assistant agencies are offering both the staff and system. This means you do not need to install your own helpdesk software into your website. They have their own software. You just need to link your site to them. Moreover, you don’t need to train them to use the software.
When hiring a virtual assistant, consider hiring 2-3 and train them all to be able to do the same tasks.
Outsourcing content writers
Article content is a critical component of a successful website. Your articles help to educate your visitors, drive in fresh traffic and help your website rank better within the major search engines based on your targeted keywords. Regardless whether you are a proficient writer or not, it’s unlikely that you will ever have enough time to create all of the content you need yourself.
Give your writers a guideline to follow, and if you prefer specific writing styles. You also want to make sure that you include overall word count (length), the titles, keywords and industry you are in.
You can also offer your writer a summary sheet that outlines the questions and answers that you find online. Have your writer re-write the content, based around the common questions and concerns that potential buyers have.
When it comes to outsourcing work to programmers, especially if the project is large-scale, you want to set up an agreement where you are able to pay a portion of the overall costs as each part of the project is completed.
That way, you can test out the script or software to ensure that there are no bugs, or that it doesn’t require any modifications or tweaks to get it into full working condition.
One thing to keep in mind is that when hiring a programmer to develop a script or software project, if you find that your relationship isn’t working out, it’s difficult to switch the project over to a new coder.
Outsourcing graphic designer
When developing your website you should consider hiring professional designers and graphic artists to create a unique online presence that will reflect your company in a professional and positive way, while helping you become memorable to those that visit your site.
Make sure you clarify whether graphic revisions are included, as well as how many, and if you require the source files for the graphics you outsource (PSD, etc) make sure that they are willing to provide those to you, as well as any additional charges associated with those files