This was a guest post by Brandon Hopkins. Brandon is working as a call center consultant and blogger. Brandon owns over 100 websites and is a full time webmaster.
Most times during the day I would like to be able to have a clone of myself sitting next to me. I would focus on the things I enjoy doing like marketing and make my clone do things that I don’t like doing such as calling customers and working in QuickBooks Pro.
Until scientists get the whole cloning situation figured out, the next best thing is to outsource those tasks you don’t like to do, or the tasks that take up the most of your time and are the least profitable.
When contemplating outsourcing a portion of your business you must realize the costs. First you’ll need to spend some time giving clear and precise instructions. If you hire a normal local employee, this is called training. This cost is hard to measure as a dollar figure, but it can’t be avoided whether you outsource or hire a local employee.
However, that is where the similarities to local and outsourced employees end. The last time I hired someone to do work for me, I paid her $10/hour. The beauty of this is that the $10 per hour was my total cost.
With a local employee I would also be paying other overhead expenses such as a computer and desk for her to work at, health insurance, workers compensation, legal fees and of course my accountant would want a piece of the action. With all of those fees and expenses combined I would be paying her closer to $18 per hour.
For that same $18 an hour I could almost hire a second outsourced person.
Before you decide to outsource this work, I would suggest the following:
1. Clearly state the work you want done.
For me this was mainly copywriting. I needed someone who could write on topics I gave them quickly and competently.
2. State the time you think it should take.
I set a time of 30 minutes per 400 word article. These articles didn’t need to be well researched and I didn’t want my new employee to spend 2 hours writing the best article when I just needed the content.
3. Work with a company, not an individual.
In the past 3 years, I have hired about 20 different people, none of them local. In those 3 years I’ve learned that individuals can’t be trusted as much as a company and companies cost more than individuals. So for the most part I’m willing to pay a little extra to see that the job gets done. If that individual I hired through the company quits, the company finds me a new employee and he or she starts where the last one left off.
4. Place a value on your time.
For me, I take the amount I earn per month and divide it by the amount of hours I work. That is how much I am worth. If that number is $30/hour and I can hire someone for $10 an hour to do the mundane data entry tasks, I can spend more time focused on projects and tasks that allow me to earn that $30 an hour. Hopefully by outsourcing I’m enabling myself to work on the profitable, which I enjoy, and avoid the boredom, that I despise.
Outsourcing may not be for everyone. For me, it has revolutionized the way I work. I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do and can have my personal assistant (also outsourced and currently living in the Philippines) handle anything I send him. On top of that, he has every chat program, so I can just send him a message any time I need to get in contact with him. If that wasn’t enough, he has Skype and is willing to talk whenever I need to clarify something.
Start with a small task and compare how much that tasks cost to get completed and compare that with how long it would have taken you to do that particular task. I can almost guarantee that you will double your productivity in short time!