Vancouver Blogger, WriterGal Ashley Mikulik
Vancouver Blogger, WriterGal Ashley Mikulik
Vancouver Blogger, WriterGal Ashley Mikulik

Outsourcing 101: Save Your Business Money, Time, Stress

October 16th, 2009

Save money, time, and stress by outsourcing business tasks and projects to a contractor or freelancer. This is something I know a lot about because I am a contractor/freelancer. I’m going to give you a few tips to help you find someone to help your business.

Why Outsource?

Outsourcing saves you money. By hiring someone who works from their home office, you save the costs associated with having a regular employee (including medical benefits, providing a physical office space…etc). Especially if you just need the occasional help or help for a special project, outsourcing or bringing in staff on a contract basis makes great sense!

Outsourcing saves time. You probably have a to-do list longer than Santa. Hire a freelancer to get some of your “nice-to-do” list done while you focus on the most important task: running your business. Also, handing over regular daily, weekly, or monthly tasks can be a great time saver for you, and it gives the freelancer regular on-going work (which trust me, they love).

Outsourcing saves stress. When you have less on your plate you have less to stress about. Once you develop a relationship with a great external freelancer, you can turn the work over and trust that it will be done on-budget and on-time.

What to Outsource?

You can outsource anything from administration tasks, to marketing and communications projects, to research. Tasks that don’t require any in-depth knowledge of your business (like formatting reports) are the easiest to outsource.

For outsourcing projects requiring a specialized knowledge (like writing, editing, communications or marketing, or design), look for a freelancer with skills and training in these areas.

Where to Find Freelancers?

First, ask colleagues and other business associates if they recommend anyone? Word of mouth is the best way to find good freelancers. If you are looking for a freelancer with specialized knowledge, talk to local professional associations or post-secondary schools.

You can always try finding help through classifieds (like Craig’s List). It can be hit or miss to find anyone suitable in all the applications you receive, or all the ads you read, but it can’t hurt to try.

Outsource Your Projects Today!

Why pay someone for 40 hours a week, when they are only completing 20 hours of actual work? Freelancers and contractors can be brought in whenever you need them and they will only bill you for the time they actively spend working on your projects.

With today’s advances in internet, email, video conferencing, and online project collaboration tools and communication, we have the means to work from anywhere in the world. We can work from home around a schedule that is mutually beneficial to the contractor and the employer, saving time and stress for business owners.

Outsource some of your work to see the benefits!


4 Comments for “Outsourcing 101: Save Your Business Money, Time, Stress”

  1. PhilAM OSI on January 12, 2010 9:24 pm

    Great article! This nformation you published here is very helpful.

    Thanks.

  2. Thomas Morris on June 10, 2010 10:45 am

    There is a rapid growth of Outsorcing these days as manufactures try to cut cost and maximize profit.`-*

  3. Phoebe Clarke on September 12, 2010 10:59 pm

    outsourcing is always essential to businesses coz it helps reduce the cost of production.–

  4. DVD Cleaner : on October 24, 2010 1:37 pm

    outsourcing is of course very cost effective that is why most companies prefer to outsource”~;

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