Finding Ways to Outsource

In almost every industry there is the opportunity to outsource at least a few of the common tasks performed in the industry. In some industries there may the possibility of outsourcing the majority of the common tasks while in other industries there may only be the opportunity to outsource one or two of the common tasks.

Evaluate Daily Activities

When tending to your business, the first step in finding ways to outsource is to take a really close look at the daily activities you perform.

Make a list of each of these activities and note any related activities that are typically performed in conjunction with each other.

Because activities that are typically performed together should either be outsourced together or remain as in-house activities together to maintain the highest level of efficiency, making this note is important.

Carefully consider which activities can easily be performed by another person and which activities require your personal attention once you have compiled this list of activities.

This will give you a good idea of which activities you could outsource and which activities would not be good opportunities for outsourcing.

Review your list of activities and note how long it takes you to perform each of the activities you could outsource. If you decide to search for a candidate to complete these tasks, this information will be helpful later.


Prioritize Daily Activities

After you have carefully examined your daily activities, it is time to prioritize these activities.

Create a comprehensive list of all of your daily activities in their order of importance. For this list include both the activities requiring your personal attention and the activities that can be outsourced.

Start with the highest priority on the list which you believe can be outsourced when you make your decision to start outsourcing some of your daily tasks.

Attempt to outsource this task as a test to determine whether or not outsourcing will work for you. If you decide you are comfortable with outsourcing and that it is working for your business, you can continue down the prioritized list attempting to find those capable of handling your daily activities.


Consider Administrative Tasks

We have already discussed the importance of evaluating your own daily tasks in the process of finding ways to outsource but it is also important to consider tasks completed by your staff members.

Administrative tasks are often tasks that can be outsourced so examining these tasks will give you a good idea if you can increase the efficiency of your administrative assistance by outsourcing some of their responsibilities.

Activities such as data entry, transcription and other activities often handled by personal assistance are all examples of activities that can easily be outsourced.

Additionally, there is a great deal of qualified candidates available to fulfill these tasks. The industry of virtual personal assistants has become a booming industry with many savvy entrepreneurs offering their skills in these areas as a consultant.


Develop a Plan for Managing Outsourced Activities

Before starting to outsource daily activities, you should develop a plan for managing all of your outsourced activities. This plan should include the following:

* Method for selecting candidates to handle outsourced work
* Method for overseeing the work performed by independent contractors
* Method for evaluating the work performed by independent contractors