Outsourcing: Save Time, Make Money
Posted on 23/05/2007 in Time Management

The old saying “You have to spend money to make money” applies absolutely to internet businesses. Of course, you can try to do everything yourself (build a website, write your copy, design your own logo, host your site on your home computer, develop your own product, focus on search engine optimisation and ignore Google Adwords), and you won’t spend much money, but you probably won’t make a lot either!

Money is not the only limited commodity that most of us have – TIME is the other. So the equation of becomes:

Save money and spend time OR save time and spend money.

This strategy is about spending some money (usually not a lot) to get someone else to do something for you (outsourcing). There are only so many hours in a day and if you want your business to be successful, then you need to be doing the things that will build that business. The secret to giving yourself more time in the day and still doing all the tasks that are essential to building your business, is
outsourcing. Get someone else to do it for you!

What Can you Outsource?

Pretty much everything! In particular, outsource the things you are not particularly good at or you don’t enjoy doing. You can then focus on the things you love!

Here are a few ideas for things you can outsource:

Copy writing – your website content, email promotions, newsletters, sales letters, ebooks, articles, reports etc

Products – all digital products – ebooks, videos (including screen capture tutorials), software, podcasts etc

Customer Service – responding to customer enquiries, troubleshooting, help desk etc

Search Engine Optimisation – an expert can analyse your site, make recommendations for improvements, implement the recommendations, find link partners and monitor and tweak the results. WebCare can do this for you.

Advertising Campaigns – set up your Adwords, Yahoo, Sensis etc campaigns, find the right keywords, lower your cost per click and increase your conversions. WebCare has Google Adwords Professionals (GAP) on its team and we can set up and manage your pay per click campaigns for you.
How do you find a person to do it for you?

Talk with Webcare to see if we can help (chances are we can and we will give you a great quote). Alternatively, you can look for a person with the skills you need on sites like:

Outsourcing Success Tips

Make sure you write a very clear description of what it is you want done. If there is any ambiguity, you may be disappointed. Create a detailed specifications brief – the more detail the better. Make sure you state in your description “This job will be quick and easy for someone who knows what they are doing.” This makes the job sound easy and will reduce the bids that people make.

And don’t just pick the cheapest bidder – you will usually find that this does not work out as planned. Ask for examples of their previous work. Give them a small project to start and if they handle that well, then engage them on the next one.
Once you find a great person, keep working with them – make it a long term relationship – but do it on a project by project basis.

Use screen capture software (like Camtesia) showing the person exactly what you want done.

If you are worried that someone might “steal” your idea, then use vague project titles and don’t give any info in the description about how you are going to use the work.

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