Delegate Your Work To Free Up Time
“Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.” Marian Wright Edelman
The saying, “If you want something done right, you must do it yourself,” rings in the back of my mind whenever I talk about delegation. We tend to believe that our way is the only way to do something right and that ends up turning us into a micromanaging control freak.
The reality is that there are only so many hours in a day and every person who helps you adds an additional 24 hours.
So how do we create successful online jobs for others while freeing up our time?
You can delegate tasks such as filing, telemarketing, lead generation, creating status messages and blog posts for social media, and many many other tasks, creating successful online jobs for others and helping to sustain their lives.
Onlinejobs.ph is a great website for hiring low cost, high quality workers for a variety of tasks for your business.
There are three major ways that outsourcing allows businesses to break down prejudices about working with people overseas:
- Outsourcing overseas allows businesses to diversify into other markets.
- Outsourcing overseas allows the sustaining of economies both here and abroad.
- Outsourcing overseas bridges cultural gaps by introducing individuals overseas to American customs.
Filipino workers enjoy a lower cost of living – so low that $2 – $3 dollars per day is equal to being paid around $24 an hour in the US.
Filipinos are highly educated and learn American English so that their accent sounds more Hispanic.
They are eager to learn your business, to be trained to add the training to their resume, and are looking to align with your business and support you.
Don’t forget to hire your new workers as independent contractors in order to reduce your tax liability.
Entrepreneurs are job makers and innovators. Delegating is an invaluable tool for your business.
Virtual Assistants give you your life back
I never imagined myself as someone’s boss, but someone gave me a really good reason to hire data entry clerks, telemarketers, and virtual assistants.
Because there are jobs that I just am not good at or don’t like doing and it is so much more efficient to hire someone who does really like those jobs!
You don’t have to do all of the work in your business yourself. And most of the time, it will cost you around $50 per week to hire someone who will work 20 – 40 hours per week for you organizing your business.
Another great place you can find assistants, data entry clerks and more is UpWork, formerly ODesk, formerly Elance.
You can hire individuals for most administrative and clerical positions without overspending.
Be sure to budget your money wisely to ensure that you can spend the extra money, and set specific goals for what you need that person to accomplish to make the money you’re spending worthwhile.
I hired an assistant through Elance to help me compile a list of contacts to market to. My goal was to gather the contacts for speaking engagements, but to pay off the expenses I incurred with a new assistant with the paid speaking engagements I booked.
Plans like these help you to recoup your investment, however, make sure what you’re getting back is measurable and scalable for your new assistant to accomplish.
While I ended up letting my virtual assistant go, I learned a lot about what my actual needs are. I learned that I needed to hire a data entry clerk and a telemarketer because my needs were more specific.
When outsourced, these two positions are even less expensive than a virtual assistant!
Do you have obstacles when considering outsourcing work overseas? What kinds of workers would help you become most efficient in your day-to-day work?