OUTSOURCING 101: FOR THE TOTAL NEWBIE
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Outsourcing! What is it? How will it benefit you? I’ll share all that and more in this complete mini-guide.
Lets get started!
WHAT IS OUTSOURCING?
Outsourcing is when you get work done (products or services) from 3rd party sources. Some examples:
- Hiring a fulfillment company to ship your store’s orders to customers.
- Hiring a freelancer writer to create posts for your blog.
- Hiring staff to handle your company’s customer service phone calls and emails.
Outsourcing can be pretty amazing. As a businessowner you can wrapped up in being a one-woman (or one-man) show. It’s far better use of time and resource to outsource some of your activities to others. Your time is valuable and freeing it up can help you do other activities to help your business thrive and grow.
So, now that I’ve convinced you (ha, ha), how do you get started? Check out my tips below:
HIRING PEOPLE FOR OUTSOURCING
There are many places you can hire freelancers or employees for outsourcing. Here are some sources:
Upwork is one of my favorite places to find freelancers. I’ve used it at least half a dozen times for design, order processing, and more. It’s very user-friendly and they provide lots of stats on freelancers including number of hours worked, pay rate, feedback score, etc.
Freelancer is very similar to Upwork. I’ve used Freelancer in the past as well. Their site is navigation friendly and it’s super easy to locate freelancers to complete the work you are looking for.
Outsource.com was a recent discovery. I’ve never used their service to hire a freelancer. I signed up as a freelancer to outsource my services to businesses. What’s great about all three sites is you can use them as a business or sign up as a freelancer if you’d like to take on projects.
Taking on projects is a great way to earn extra income. I’m experimenting with it to see how it all goes and if I like it. I’ll keep you posted and write a post about my experience very soon.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
When I hire out, I always look for a couple things. First, experience. I love reviewing their hours worked. This will give you a great snapshot of their experience freelancing, right off the bat!
I check out their rating and if they have experience doing the type of work I’m looking for. I also look at their pay rate, of course. I want something affordable that won’t break the bank.
These things can all be easily reviewed on the sites shared above. If you decide to hire through another tool or site, like Craigslist, a simple interview will help you uncover experience, background, and pay.
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Outsourcing can help you in so many ways:
- Get your emails, phone calls, and other customer service activities taken care of
- Have your social media tasks completed
- Hire for research
- Hire a content writer to make your blog posts
- Add guest posters to add content to your blog for free
Check out these tools to help you outsource some of your workload for FREE:
If you’re a regular reader of Drink Coffee & Prosper, you’ve read about my experience with IFTTT. It is a truly awesome tool. Create recipes to help automate personal and work life.
Examples: Get an email sent automatically when airfares drop, post to Instagram any time you post to Facebook, etc.
The ULTIMATE password tool to remember all your passwords for you. A total MUST HAVE for personal and work life!
Shopify is an all-in-one solution for your online store. If you are looking to open an online shop, Shopify can help you set up shop, equip you with a payment processor, domain, hosting, theme, and so much more.
Visit their App Store to get help with web design, marketing, customer service, shipping, accounting, and more. They have an app for just about anything! Highly recommended from experience. Check them out!
I leave you with some of my favorite articles about outsourcing.
What are some of your outsourcing tips?
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