The above image says it all… “Work Smarter, NOT Harder!”
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for working hard, but with only 24 hours in a day, there’s only so far that working hard will take you.
That’s where working SMART comes into play.
If you really want to grow your business to unimaginable levels, then leveraging other people’s time through outsourcing is the way to go.
Outsourcing frees you up to tackle more vital and exciting things – like actually running your business!
There are so many different things that you can outsource… like those boring tasks you hate or the things you’re just flat out no good at.
Here are just a few things you might consider outsourcing…
- content creation
- software development
- link building
- design (blog, web site, logo, etc.)
- keyword research
- customer support
- social media marketing
So Why Outsource at All?
Like I mentioned, outsourcing allows you to leverage other people’s time and get more things done each day.
Outsourcing some of your workload can also have a number of benefits, some of which are not readily apparent.
Let’s look at the top 7 reasons why companies and individuals outsource work…
1. There’s no need to have a dedicated staff member for rarely used skills
This is probably the most obvious reason to use outsourcing services. If the skill you require is a niche skill that’s rarely used, then employing someone to fill that gap can be unnecessarily expensive.
Unless you can find other work for them to do, it can lead to situations where employees are sitting around with nothing to do for much of their time.
Even if you’re paying more per hour for the outsourced work, it can often work out cheaper in the long run.
2. Cutting down on training costs
Training can be expensive. In fact, it’s often one of the biggest costs when it comes to employing people in technical and highly-skilled roles.
Training doesn’t stop at the college or university level.
Technical skills usually require additional training as methods and equipment become obsolete over time and new developments in technology come along.
3. Avoiding skill fade
If any task is not done for long enough, the person whose job it is can begin to suffer from skill fade. Which basically means they are out of practice.
Someone who carries out a task on an irregular basis will not be as “sharp” as someone who does that task all day, every day.
An outsourced task will likely be done by someone who is doing it constantly, all day, for months or sometimes years on end.
All things being equal, if intelligence, talent and work ethic are exactly the same, the person doing the task all the time will be able to complete the job far faster and to a much higher standard.
4. Reduced overhead costs
Imagine you need two people to design a website for you.
Now imagine that these people will be paid the same, work for the same amount of hours and produce a design of similar quality.
The only difference is that one is working from home on the other side of the planet and the other is working in your office.
Who costs more?
Obviously, the person working in your office will cost more. Here’s why…
- You’ll need more office space for your employee.
- You’ll have to comply with more regulations.
- You might have to pay increased insurance costs (depending on how many employees you have in your office).
- There may also be employee benefits and other costs related to employing that person.
- You also need to factor in something like energy usage, which may not seem like much, but can add up over time.
Having an outsourced worker doing the same job reduces your overhead costs dramatically.
It’s also cheaper for them because the outsourced worker doesn’t have to commute to work, can cook his or her own meals, etc.
5. Increased flexibility
This is one of the major benefits of outsourcing for both you and the worker. Both parties benefit massively from increased flexibility.
Here are a couple of examples on how both parties benefit:
For the worker…
- they get to spend their day how they like as long as they get their work done as promised
- they aren’t stuck working for someone they don’t like
For you as the employer…
- you don’t need to have a full-time employee… you can outsource work on an as-needed basis
- you don’t have to worry about renting office space with a long lease that you may not need in the future
So you see, everyone benefits in this respect.
6. Never paying for substandard work
Outsourced work is usually paid for on a performance basis. Meaning that if you’re not happy with the end-product, you don’t pay for the work.
This might sound harsh, but why should you pay for work you can’t use?
It also means that the outsourced worker puts in more effort because they know that rejections will happen if they submit low-quality work.
And if their work gets rejected, they don’t get paid!
They soon find out that time spent checking and double-checking their work is far better than wasting hours producing something that is substandard.
They also quickly learn that for every piece of work that’s rejected, they’ll have hundreds more accepted.
And if that’s not the case, they’ll learn quickly to seek another form of employment.
Full-time staff members can sometimes take their job for granted and “coast,” putting in the minimum amount of required effort.
Whereas an outsourced worker will learn that if they did the same, they will lose money.
7. No “downtime” due to employee absence
It can sometimes happen that a key employee is absent and everything grinds to a halt. It shouldn’t happen, but the reality is that it does.
For example… if you have one person in your team that can develop software, and that person is absent through an unexpected illness, then the project can grind to a halt.
With an outsourced worker, they will have a certain amount of time to complete a project and if they fail to produce in time, the task can be handed over to someone else.
This means that production never really stops, which is one of the key benefits to outsourcing… as lost time can sometimes cost a lot more than the cost of employing the person.
Where to Outsource?
By the way, if you find that a link is no longer working or if you feel that I should add a resource to this list, please let me know by commenting below.
Design & Graphics
Private Label Rights Products
Outsourcing Project Management Tools
What about you… do you outsource? If so, please share with us what you outsource and what site(s) you use in the comments section below!