If you’ve landed on this page, it’s most likely because you need to outsource some of your workload and you’ve heard that Workaholics4Hire specializes in working with web based businesses and entrepreneurs and is the best place to get your projects done for you.*
* We didn’t make this up. This is what our clients have been telling their friends and associates about us for years.
And although we certainly can’t argue with our clients’ opinions, we have to clear the air on a couple of issues first, before you decide whether or not we’re the right resource for you.
First, we opened our doors back in 1999, while the internet was still young and making money with it was still a very new concept. We’ve seen many online businesses succeed and fail over the years. We’ve been a big part of helping it to “grow up”, and along the way, we’ve learned a few things about the right and wrong ways to make a living on the net.
So, let’s explore a few very real problems with “Outsourcing”, so you will have a better idea of what you typically* need to deal with.
* We’ve solved most of these problems, which we’ll tell you about in a moment…
Lesson #1: Outsourcing Isn’t As Easy As You’ve Been Told
One of the things we’ve learned is that people who get paid to teach others how to make money online (e.g., business coaches, internet marketing trainers, etc) are often not the best source for instructions on how to get those tasks done for you. Especially if you hear any of these words…
- “Just outsource what you don’t know how to do yourself”
- “You can get it done dirt-cheap with outsourcing”
- “It’s easy! Just post your project, get bids, and it will get done”
Are they lying when they say these things? Absolutely not! All these statements are technically true. The issue is that you’re only told part of the story, and the big bottlenecks to outsourcing are being glossed over.
Yes, you can outsource almost anything to other people, but you first need to know how to provide accurate and complete instructions to the freelancers you work with. You cannot expect freelancers to be business strategists. Their job is to do the work you tell them to do, not figure out why they need to do things a certain way. That’s your job, and it’s why you get to be the boss in your business.
Yes, you can get tasks done for you much cheaper than if you hire in-house staff to do the same tasks. But if you aren’t a micro-manager type, and expect your low-priced freelancers to manage themselves, you’re in for a shock. The truth is, the less you’re willing to pay, the less they’re willing to dedicate themselves to you, your business, project quality, etc.
Does this mean that you must bribe freelancers with big payoffs to get quality talent? Absolutely not! But you need to remember that you aren’t shopping for people the way you might shop at the dollar store. The cheapest deal might not be the best deal. You aren’t a slave owner, and shouldn’t aspire to hire slaves to work for your business.
Yes, you can post projects on freelance bid boards and get things done this way. But the tradeoff is that you must be willing to get your hands dirty, involve yourself with the entire process, carefully craft clearly documented specifications for each and every detail of the project, carefully pre-check your prospective talent — many freelancers lie in their portfolios… shocker! — keep track of every milestone, perform infinite quality checks on the deliverables, all in hopes of getting that “simple project” handled by professionals.
And that’s the best case scenario!
Worst case scenario is that you get completely ripped off with no way to recuperate your losses of both time and money.
So, why are the “gurus” telling you outsourcing is so easy?
Well, we have a couple of theories about that, but the main reason may be because it makes them look better to their students.
It’s kind of tough to make your training look “drop dead simple” if the reality is that taking action and getting things done is tougher than it looks.
But here’s the rub…
They may be telling you that outsourcing is easy, because it actually was easy for them to do. Everyone is wired differently. Some people find it really easy to delegate properly. Some others find it extremely painful.
In our case, we’ve been doing this for so long, and have worked with so many different freelancers, that for us, it isn’t so tough (that’s why we do what we do).
So, when you hear “just outsource it”, you might want to ask yourself if the person uttering this happens to be wired in such a way as to be an excellent “people manager” and happens to find outsourcing easy. There’s nothing wrong with that, but for most business owners, managing people is like pulling teeth with tweezers (not impossible, but it hurts a lot more!).
Lesson #2: Outsourcing Is Not A Band-Aid Solution
You’ve heard the saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? This is particularly true of outsourcing!
Over the years, we’ve made a pretty good living fixing what others broke. This is largely because many business owners turned to outsourcing only after experiencing the pain of “doing it by themselves”. Because outsourcing wasn’t a part of the plan from the very beginning, by the time they considered pulling in outside help, things were already starting to look a bit desperate for the owner.
Now, instead of including outsourcing as part of a systematic strategy, it’s a source of frustration caused by desperation. The owner now hits the web, desperately seeking someone — anyone — they can get to shoulder the burden of the intense workload they’ve created for themselves.
But they do it without a strategic plan, and often choose the wrong person to help them get things done. Whether their choice is based on price or perceived skills, it is often the wrong decision and results in costly mistakes.
Often, we’re called in to help only after someone else (whether it’s the owner or a freelancer the owner hired out of desperation) has already messed up a project. By then, the owner is so confused and frustrated, that half our job is fixing the problem and the other half is making the owner feel better about it.
All of this is completely unnecessary, if you start factoring outsourcing as part of your business plan, right from the beginning.
But not just any outsourcing plan will do. You need to align yourself with someone who “gets it” and is able to do more than act like remote employees, waiting for you to tell them what to do…you need someone who treats you like a business partner, someone who is knowledgeable enough to help guide you in your business decisions…
…someone like Workaholics4Hire.
Lesson #3: Almost Anything Can Be Outsourced
We’ve learned that just about anything can be outsourced, and if there’s a task to be done, there is someone out there who can do it better and more efficiently than you.
But how you outsource is as important as what you outsource. If you start out of the gate with a plan for how you will use outsourcing in your business, it will be much easier to do when you are actually ready to hire.
It starts by sketching out the mundane, repetitive tasks that eat away at your time. For anything that you need to do more than once, your time would be better spent mapping out the exact steps you take to do it yourself. Now, even if you continue to do it yourself for a while, you’ll already have the plan in place so when you are finally ready to get rid of that time-sucking task, you can just hand over the plans to someone else to take over.
If you wait until you hate the task, you are far less likely to ever hand it over, and you will probably get stuck with it forever.
Want some ideas on what you should immediately plan to outsource? Click here for our list of “List of 227 Business Tasks You Should Outsource“, which covers the top 11 categories of skills you can, and should, outsource to professionals, including:
- Administrative Assistance
- Customer Support
- Desktop Publishing
- Financial Services
- Graphics Designers
- Legal Services
- Multimedia Experts
- Sales & Marketing
- Social Media Management
- Technical Specialists
- Writing and Editing
So, How Have We Solved These Problems?
Now that we’ve explored and demystified outsourcing in general, the big question of the day is “What, exactly, does Workaholics4Hire DO for its clients?”
We offer a wide range of services to help you in your business, and have created systems that help solve all the problems that people typically face when they decide to outsource.
To start finding the solution that meets your current needs, choose from what best describes your current situation…