How to Outsource to Save Time

There are lots of options to help you

Lisa Sealey

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Are you a small business owner? I've got a radical idea for you: Stop doing everything yourself.

To succeed, you need to save time and energy for what you do best. If accounting, customer service, marketing, or technology aren't your thing, outsourcing the work by finding an online freelancer is a great option to save you time and frustration.

Don't get hung up on the name. Outsourcing is merely delegating tasks to someone else.

What to outsource depends on what you need the most, what you can afford, and what you want to accomplish. Ask yourself this question: "What takes up most of my time?" Then decide if it is something someone else could be doing for you.

Here's a list of some things you can outsource:

  • making hotel reservations
  • booking meetings or other appointments
  • creating and/or scheduling social media posts
  • marketing projects or tasks
  • answering emails (if you don't have an autoresponder program)
  • content writing
  • administrative tasks, such as payroll
  • customer service and support
  • any other repetitive, time-consuming, or frustrating tasks

There are many different platforms to choose from online to hire independent contractors to do your tasks. Here are a few popular choices:

Upwork.com — Post your job, and freelancers will contact you if they're interested. Their freelancers offer various services, including IT, sales and marketing, finance, accounting, and even administrative or customer support. Whatever you need, they likely have the freelancer for you.

Fiverr.com — Graphic design, video, animation, voiceovers, or content writing are just a few of the categories of freelancers you can find on Fiverr; there are many more too. Prices start at five dollars per service.

Getfriday.com — This is the best online marketplace to find virtual assistance that can perform repetitive, mundane, or time-consuming tasks. If you need help with market research, bookkeeping, web, or IT services, you can also find that here with their Business Support Services.

Take the time to figure out what you could give up doing and if you can afford to outsource it. This will allow you to focus on what you like to do — and what you do best.

Do you outsource any of your work? Or do you do it all yourself? Send an email to lisa@lisasealey.com and let me know.

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Lisa Sealey

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