One of the greatest pains to growing a business is having the right people to grow it with. Most start-out entrepreneurs never think past them doing all the work themselves. In other words, hiring people was never something they had considered until someone brings it up after listening to them complain about how they labor and toil.
Once the thought of hiring someone enters their mind, they go on a employee hunting spree to try and find the perfect individual. Someone who will do everything they did, be as passionate as they are, and has the same standards as they do.
Sadly these types of employees are rare and far in between – something the business owner quickly finds out.
Depending on the mindset and attitude of the business owner, he or she will either roll with the punches and grow his/her business despite the odds being against them, or they will shrink their business down to a one-man-show again and say something like: “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself!”
This is as much true in the online marketing world as in the offline business world. You can have someone who shares your vision and helps you reach your goals or someone who is just there to collect the paycheck every two weeks.
Which is why I love outsourcing. I have mentioned this before, but it’s worth repeating: Outsourcing rocks. If you outsource, you rarely pay by the hour. Instead, if you can help it, you pay per project that gets completed.
If you are a control freak though and want everything perfect to your standards, you have the option of using modern tools and software technologies to do just about anything web related yourself. A good example of this would be the site I use to build my own web graphics and eCovers with. Not only can I very quickly build professional looking graphics with just a few clicks, but I save myself a ton of time and money doing it.
Yeah sure it’s great to have people working for you or outsource your dirty work, but if you are a control freak like many – this might not be a business model for you!
One of the great advantages to running internet based businesses is that it is very easy to outsource task you are not very good at or simply hate doing yourself. This not only saves business owners a tremendous amount of time and frustration, but can – in the grand scheme of things – be a significant money saver as well. Outsourcing really is a win-win for everyone involved.
The theory is: You can outsource all tedious tasks to people who don’t mind doing them for a small fee. I myself have a handful of online “friends” that I outsource a lot of my internet business work to – especially if it is something I am no good at or despise doing.
Most of my to-go-to guys and girls live in either India or the Philippines. Meaning, most of them very happily work for me for about two to three dollars an hour. They do great work so it is money very wisely spent in my opinion.
Now, even with international labor being so cheap, there are more affordable ways of doing business. A good example would be using software to eliminate tedious work that would otherwise be done by someone else.
As much as I like to help families in poor countries earn a living by outsourcing to them, nothing gets me more excited than a piece of software that automates processes I would otherwise pay for. In fact, it never ceases to amaze me how software eliminates traditional job titles on an almost daily basis.
This can be a simple software that allows you to set up a fully functioning blog in just minutes, a web-based shopping cart that takes orders on your site – processes credit cards etc, to an auto email responder that stays in touch with friends and fans alike. Is that cool or what?
My friend Arnie recently posed the question on his blog – asking if software would ever eliminate outsourcing all-together. As much as I believe there will always be things for me to outsource, I am comforted with the thought that: Software is advancing all the time. Eventually I will outsource less and less while using more and more software to do the heavy lifting for me!
Do you currently outsource tedious tasks in your business? If so, what – and how much does that cost you? If you could wish one software into existence, what would it be and what would it do?