How to Build Dream Employee Team by Outsourcing Non-Essential Tasks

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My name is Nathan Hirsch.  I have been in E-commerce for 6+ years and my entire approach to business changed when a friend of mine introduced me to remote workers.  I have spent the last 8 months working on my second company, FreeeUp.com, with the goal of helping everyone tap into the great advantage of outsourcing.

If you are an entrepreneur, you most likely have over 100 hours of work that needs to or could be completed each day.  While this is not possible alone, it is possible to build a team of online freelancers on a smaller budget who can strategically tackle all of the work on your business’s plate.

In this article, you will learn how to safely build this team from the ground up.  If you are trying to scale your business, it is important that you can build your dream team.

Prioritize and Delegate your Tasks

The first recommendation that I give to all of my clients is to write down everything you do on a day to day basis. Then I ask them to put the list in order from easiest to hardest.

This gives you a great starting point to what tasks you can begin to outsource. Start at the beginning of the list and assign your workers. See how far up the list you can get before the quality is not up to par.

This simple activity and set of actions will show you how much of your tasks can be outsourced.  Don’t be afraid to push the limits! My best clients outsource over 90% of their day to day work.

Implement the Freelancer into your Current Team

A lot of my clients use a combination of in-house and outsourced workers.  The key is to make sure that the freelancer is also a part of the team.  Remember that your goal is long time workers who understand their role and can help you grow your business.

You should treat freelancers the same as you would a regular employee.  Share company goals, involve them in meetings, and make them feel a part of the team. Many online freelancers are so used to one-off jobs that they are over-excited to join a company that wants them for a long term position where they can make a true impact.

Nurture that environment for your freelancers and you will see even better work ethics.

 

Avoid Common Pitfalls of Outsourcing

 

Give Clear Instructions

Make sure you give clear instructions. Remember that these workers have worked with other clients before and every client want things done differently. What might impress one client might horrify another so make sure your expectations, goals, and budget is clear.

You should also tell the worker how you want to be communicated with.  Do you want daily emails or do you want constant Skype updates?  Setting the standard at the beginning will make everything easier and more time efficient for you.

Diversify your Team of Freelancers

It is important to not have your entire business relying on one client, system or revenue stream. Hiring a worker is no different. It is important that employees get cross trained and that your entire company or process does not rely on one person.

Lots of companies fall into the trap of hiring one assistant and teaching them to do everything.  They find a good assistant who is easy to train and they just keep teaching them everything.  This happens with new businesses all the time and it’s a poor long term decision. Let me explain why.

It frees up the business owner’s time for a certain period of time then, all of a sudden, the employee has to put in their two weeks. They are having a baby, they have another opportunity, or they have to take care of a sick parent.

Without proper preparation, this can set back a company for months as they attempt to train other employees and find a replacement.  Think about all of the knowledge that you have given out that can walk out that door in two seconds.

We hope that you found this article helpful!  You can learn more by getting Freeeup’s free Ebook on outsourcing here: http://freeeup.com/10-common-mistakes-of-outsourcing/

If you are ready to get started building your dream team sign up as a client at FreeeUp.com.

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  1. I have outsourced many things over the last few years, and am almost always glad I did. You just have to do your research ahead of time to make sure the cost-benefit ratio is in your favor, and that the quality of work will be sufficient with whoever you outsource to. I struggled with this in doing seo and other digital marketing. I knew it was very important, but didn’t have the time to always do everything myself. But with a small busienss budget, we couldn’t just hire an agency to do it for us. But after looking for a long time online, and going through reviews, I found yellowpagesdigital.com to be reputable and affordable. The same process goes for other services. You just have to put in some research time to get it right.