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Outsourcing For Small Business Owners

How To Start Outsourcing For Small Business Owners?

One of the most difficult, but most attractive prospects for outsourcing are those of the small business owner. If you, or someone you know, owns a business with less than 50 employees … particularly those with way fewer … this article is for you (or that person you know).

The biggest factor in outsourcing (or even just hiring a Virtual Assistant or VA) as a small business owner is – as with most things – the price tag. In the traditional outsourcing world, minimum entry prices were way out of reach of small businesses. In today’s technologically connected world, it is now possible to hire someone for a Fiverr to do all sorts of tasks that you never even knew you needed.

The Freelancer / Virtual Assistant Revolution

More importantly for the small business owner today, you can go to sites like Elance, oDesk, Guru.com, and Freelancer.com … where you can post a job ad right now (for free) and get bids within hours from “qualified” freelancers hailing from all over the globe. The problem is, in that last sentence, notice how I put “qualified” in quotes? Yes, that is a problem.

See, the greatest thing about Freelancer sites is that you can get decent (and sometimes exceptional) workers for a usually below-market rate (sometimes significantly below it). The best way to use these workers, generally, is on an ad hoc, per-project / per-task basis. Expecting much to come from long-term relationships or comprehensive business process outsourcing in the Freelancer market-place can be difficult. Because, here’s the thing:

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Outsourcing Do’s And Don’ts

Outsourcing Pro's and Con's

Hopefully it won't ruffle your feathers to hear this, but … regardless of your thoughts on the “outsourcing / offshoring” debate:

In a globalized world, with globalized economies, it is inevitable that at least a portion of all your business operations will be wholly dependent on outsourcing.

Period. Full-stop.

That computer or tablet or smartphone you're reading this on? … a product of outsourcing.

In fact, it's a safe bet that several other items in direct view from your current position are all products of outsourcing … even down to the clothes on your back! Products of outsourcing abound.

The question is: what can outsourcing do for your business?

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