by: Karen Cayamanda
Wednesday, September 02, 2015 |
Entrepreneurs who are in the first few stages of starting their operations surely have a lot on their plate. The numerous things to do can be both overwhelming and time-consuming. Running the business is one thing, but what about back office and other administrative functions?
Many business owners take the outsourcing route to effectively manage their operations and at the same time, tick off the other tasks in the to-do list. It has become an ideal solution especially for entrepreneurs because it enables them to have more time on their hands for the core functions while back office work is being handled elsewhere. In other words, they can accomplish more by not doing everything themselves.
A post at Business2Community.com shares some basic outsourcing tips for entrepreneurs:
Identify the tasks that you can outsource.
While many outsource repetitive tasks such as blogging, data entry and encoding, and content moderation, some outsource tasks that require specific or even technical skills. These include web design and development as well as accounting.
Know which tasks need your time and attention.
Many see outsourcing as a cost-saving solution, which is true most of the time, but it is beyond cost reduction. It enables entrepreneurs to have more time for other more important things, though it is essential to figure out if the tasks being done are really worth the time and effort. With the available time resulting from outsourcing work, make sure that it is highly valued and spent on tasks heavily geared towards business growth and development.
Find the right service provider.
There are so many outsourcing vendors and aside from looking at the service offerings and price ranges, make sure to consider other factors such as the differences in time zones, language barriers, and lack of specific skill sets which may eventually pose some challenges. Do some research. Talk to other business owners who are already outsourcing. They surely have something to say that can help you decide which provider to choose.
Create a clear and concise plan.
Crystal-clear contracts are essential in an outsourcing agreement, covering the scope of work, duration, and outputs. Make sure that both sides know and understand their respective responsibilities. Steps to handle challenges should also be in place. Since some of the tasks are being done overseas, keep communication lines open and communicate on a regular basis. This ensures that both sides are always on the same page.
Let them do the job.
Outsourcing means other people will do some of the tasks that were used to be handled in-house. Relinquishing control may not be the easiest thing to do but entrepreneurs can still manage and make sure that tasks are done even though they are thousands of miles away from the outsourcing vendor.