There are a lot of things that can go wrong if you do not outsource your business functions correctly, especially when you have to do it online. Outsourcing saves time and money if done right, but there is more to be considered beyond costs.
1. WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT TO SAVE; YOUR MONEY OR YOUR BUSINESS:
Do you outsource because you want to save money? Well, that’s a good reason to do so, but when you place no value on the tasks you’re outsourcing, you’ll tend to go the cheap way and get low quality work as a result.
For your business to grow, you have to show up every day, work to make some money, and then make your money work for you. Outsourcing tasks online is one way to make your money work for you. If you go cheap, you may only accomplish little or nothing.
2. HIRING ANYONE FROM ANYWHERE:
There are a lot of online outsourcing firms, and there are no doubts that these organizations can carry out outsourced functions in varying capacities. However, it is important to note that not everyone can give you what you want.
Business owners make the mistake of hiring just about anyone without putting into consideration the person’s experience, reviews, references, and affinity to their businesses. Despite the level of globalization that has taken place so far, there is still a huge cultural and communication gap which can ruin projects even before they have the chance to take off.
3. GOOD COMMUNICATION:
Naturally, you’ll expect a professional and experienced outsourced service provider to understand your projects without having to say too much. This does not mean you should make assumptions and expect the service provider to read your mind. There should be an efficient well defined goal for the project, and it should be well communicated between parties involved.
Have a clear definition of the project you want to outsource, and why you want to outsource it. Explain it as thoroughly as possible and encourage the outsourced service provider to ask questions. This will foster good communication and result in great results at the end of the project.
4. FOLLOW UP AND FOLLOW THROUGH:
So you’ve succeeded in outsourcing your projects, and it has taken off successfully, but it does not end there. Take some time every now and then to check up on the project and see how it’s progressing. As a matter of fact, make it a point of duty to break the project into three milestone stages at least, and give your approval at each stage before the project continues to the next one.
Daven Michaels is a New York Times Best Selling Author and CEO of premiere global outsourcing company, 123Employee. The company employs hundreds of young bright individuals on three continents. His International event, Beyond Marketing Live! inspires entrepreneurs to build & grow their business with revolutionary new theories and systems allowing them to design the business and personal lifestyle of their dreams.