What is outsourcing anyway?
Outsourcing simply means contracting out a business process to a someone else aka an expert. For example.. you need a website for your business, but have no idea what to do, where to start.. instead of spending hours and hours figuring it all out, just outsource it and save yourself the stress! Concentrate on doing something more productive, something you ARE good at.
Here are some of the 10 things you can outsource today:
1. Website design and creation:
Outsource the services of experts to help create and design a perfect website without having to employ a member of staff.
2. Advertising and marketing:
Many small businesses could outsource the services of a virtual marketer and advertiser for a period of time. This would be a person with the expertise you need to help your business have an online presence and to be known.
3. Website editorial content and blogs:
You do not have to struggle to create articles and content for your website. You can easily outsource online and get the services of experts.
4. Buying goods and services online:
Trying to buy goods and services online can at times be very taxing considering you will have to create online accounts and have to deal with the buyers or sellers, but outsourcing the services of experts ensures you get quality goods and quality services without having to sweat it out.
5. Profiling friends and followers on social media:
It would be ideal to outsource the services of experts when trying to research on your followers and friends on social media. Trying to do it yourself is likely to take a lot of time and resources, but the experts know their way around such researches.
6. Payroll services:
Instead of creating a payroll system, which would mean hiring an accountant, you could simply outsource the services online. This will help ensure that employees are paid on time and accurately. It will also save you from doing calculations.
7. Management of social networking sites:
If you are too busy to be always on your social networking sites then you could get the services of a virtual assistant to help keep your page active and busy.
8. Customer service:
You could outsource customer service by having an online expert in place to always answer to complains, comments and inquiries. This gives you time to do other things.
9. Transcription services:
You can outsource the services of a transcriber from any location in the world. These could include recorded class notes, memos or articles.
10. Order processing:
If you are doing online business you could be having so many orders coming in randomly that it would be wise to outsource the services of an expert to help with the order processing. This will ensure the products get delivered on time and in an orderly manner.
Outsourcing is ideal for online businesses that do not have the space and money to pay employees, it makes it easier to have your work done from somewhere else and delivered to you digitally.
What are your experiences of outsourcing? Do you use a Virtual Assistant to get things done?