Cultivating and maintaining an online business is no walk in the park. It often means long hours, frustrating challenges, and an ever increasing amount of competition. Staying competitive means consistently adapting your processes, from technology trends to the products you offer. If you’ve been feeling overrun by the amount of work it takes to keep an online business successful you’re not alone. Many business owners are making the move towards outsourcing, and these days over 30% of the US workforce is remote. The right outsourcing strategies can increase productivity, cut costs, and streamline your work processes. All of these things combined can result in an immensely successful business. If you’ve been waffling on the idea of outsourcing, consider these tips.
What Are Your Needs?
Before you can hire outsourced help, you need to determine what exactly it is you need help with. Before you begin this delegation task, it’s important to take a look at your own responsibilities. Many business owners find it helpful to split their tasks into two different sections. The first should include all of the tasks you’re currently responsible for, and the second section should detail the tasks you’d like someone else to handle. This will better help you understand the scope of your hiring needs, and make sure you find the right candidate or candidates for the job. It isn’t a good idea to outsource all tasks, but you have a variety of options from which to choose to help lighten the workload. You might choose to hire an accountant to handle the finances and make sure you’re prepared to file correctly come tax season, or you might need the help of a graphic designer who can revamp your website. Whether you’re in search of software developers or social media marketing mavens, you can find freelance employees in virtually all industries and job titles. After determining which tasks you plan on outsourcing, make sure you’re as detailed as possible when writing about the responsibilities. This will help you better attract qualified candidates when you do begin searching for hires.
Create an Employee Profile
Before you post your job listing, consider the ideal employee. Specify the skillsets you expect in a candidate, detail the amount of money you’re willing to pay for their assistance, and estimate as accurately as possible the amount of time you’ll need their services. Budgeting and planning is key; create a business plan of sorts for the workload you plan on outsourcing. When looking for outsourced employees, it’s also important to consider your language specifications. Because remote employees can be based all over the world, you’ll need to detail your concerns about language and communication. Hiring a freelance writer’s whose first language isn’t English can result in mistakes, while hiring a developer that speaks English as a second language can be just fine depending on your needs. This will help you streamline your hiring processes, and see you capable of shifting over designated responsibilities sooner rather than later.
The Benefits of Project Management Software
Choosing to outsource isn’t without its fair share of risks, but many business owners are finding they can cut down on miscommunications and expensive reworks through the use of project management software. Software products like Asana can make your workflow a whole lot easier and manageable. In order to maintain cohesion across the board, from in-house employees to outsourced employees halfway around the world, transparency is key. Asana can help you track the progress on a given project, and give you a bird’s eye view of the work yet to come.
From marketing help to programming needs, outsourcing your online business can streamline your work processes and make your company more profitable than ever before. If you’ve considered outsourcing your online business, keep these tips in mind and make a fantastic hire that changes the landscape of your work flow in the most positive of ways.
Also published on Medium.