Using Outsourcing to Generate Revenues.
The concept of outsourcing is not a new one, it simply means hiring someone to do your work for you except that you are not employing them, just hiring them to perform a specific task or set of tasks. For example, while I have my own talents, web design is just not one of them nor is it the best use of my time to learn how to do it. My time is worth much more than what it would cost me to hire someone to do it for me, so outsourcing is more cost effective as well.
With respect to my new business, I hired a freelancer from a site called Fiverr.com, where every job is called a "gig". I needed a new logo for my biz and went there and hired a logo designer who did my new logo for $10.00. I got several concepts to look at and the unlimited revisions- for $5 bucks! I just hired a WordPress specialist to go in and customize my theme to my specifications bc I do not know how (tried though!), and she can do it 1 hour while it would take me all day, assuming I could even figure it all out. There are other sites such as Upwork, and Opportunity where you can also find freelancers (though not at $5, but still very inexpensive). On all these sites, you can search but also post a listing for whatever you are looking for and then interested freelancers will send you quotes. Like an auction, you pick who you like. Prices are usually negotiable, but it is you who decides in the end what you are willing to pay and for what.
Additionally, you can hire a 'virtual assistant", who can do a variety of tasks for you, whether they be data entry, email campaign management, social campaign management, and more. You can also hire copywriters to provide content for your site and graphic designers to design the cover of your new book. Literally you can outsource most any task. This is an exercise I give my clients to decide what can be outsourced: for about 2 weeks, keep a running list of all the things you do during the day, (personal care excluded), and then after 2 weeks break down the list into things you can delegate and those that MUST be and can only be, done by you. Remember no one is an island and most everything can be delegated. You have to be willing to give up control over the process and just keep control over the approval of the final product. I have lots of tools and templates for delegating, project management and keeping track of who is doing what. These are important; you do need to have some form of system so nothing falls through the cracks.
One thing that people do not consider is just because you "can" do something does not mean that you that should be doing it. A freelancer who does the task all the time will do a much better job than you would anyway. Your time as a business owner should be used to generate revenues, such as giving webinars, selling products, having meetings with clients, creating promotional campaigns etc.. All of these tasks will generate revenue but formatting a web page will not. It is not good value for your time, you could generate say $100 or even $1000 in an hour and yet be paying only $20 for theme customization that will then go on to generate earnings as well.
I am a big believer in outsourcing and have been doing it for over 20 years. With Fiverr gigs at only $5.00 each (that is for a basic gig and then there are add-ons at additional fees, but still cheap!), there is really no excuse to look into it and try it out. I have been working with Fiverr for many years so if you need a task in particular please let me know and I can refer you to the right person. I do not receive any incentive or referral fees from any of them. I just like to promote good work.
So stop feeling overwhelmed and start liberating your time of all the work that you should not be doing. Do your 2 week list and then see exactly what you can farm out and get your business up and making money faster and better than you could do it yourself!
Just think of it like this: outsourcing is not an expense - it is an investment in your business that allows you to generate revenues 10x if not more, than what you put in.
Note: You can gain some extra insight on my Getting Started Blog entry at https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/lori3030/blog/gett...