This is the last post in my ‘how to make a blog‘ series…so here goes…
You get twenty-four hours a day to do what you want.
Then there is PPC, advertising, affiliates, dealing with clients, building relationships, creating products and numerous other tasks.
Oh…and then of course, you want to spend time with your family and have some fun.
And what about some lovely sleep?
How To Make a Blog: The problem is…24 hours is not enough!
The trick, of course, is you have to get the most out of those 24 hours.
But you are only one person and you can only do so much.
If you want your on-line business to progress and prosper…YOU HAVE TO GET SOME HELP.
There are some things you can’t do.
There are some things you don’t want to do.
There are some things you don’t have time to do.
What is the answer?
This definition of outsourcing is taken from the free dictionary online.
“To send work out to an outside provider or manufacturer to cut costs or free-up time”
Outsourcing can be as simple as having your blog posts proofread to someone maintaining your blog to someone building your product.
Now, outsourcing doesn’t have to be expensive.
If you have friends and family who are willing to help, assign them things to do.
If you have something to trade, look for people to partner with.
And if you have the funds, outsource as much of your on-line business as you can.
Three principles you should adhere to.
#1: Stick to what you like doing
If you can write, stick to the writing. If you like making video type products, stick to making them.
If you like the technical side, stick to the technical side.
Stick to the things you are good at and like doing.
#2: Avoid tasks that aren’t enjoyable.
Get other people to do as many of the tasks you don’t enjoy, as possible.
#3: Avoid tasks that take up too much time
Even if you enjoy a task, if it takes you 3 hours but someone else could do in 30 minutes…get them to do it for you.
For example, experienced article writers can produce up to three or four articles in an hour.
If one post takes you 1 hour and you post 4 times a week, that’s 4 hours you could be saving or getting on with something more productive, or relaxing with your family.
Outsource and you’ll be a much happier person in the process.
How To Determine What To Outsource
For the next week, make a note of every activity you do for your on-line business.
Create content, update plugins, checking your stats, site design, commenting…everything.
Then next to each activity, write down how much time you spend on the activity.
Once the week is up, write down next to each activity the word, ‘Love’ or ‘Hate’.
‘Hate’ for the activities you don’t like doing or take too long.
‘Love’ for the activities you like/love doing.
What To Outsource
Firstly, prioritize your ‘Hate’ list.
Starting at the top of the ‘Hate’ list – i.e. the most hated activity…decide if you’d like to outsource that activity.
If not, go onto the next activity in your ‘HATE’ list.
Once you have chosen the activity, you want to ‘test’ the outsourcer.
For instance, if you wanted to outsource your content writing and each month you publish 10 blog posts, you wouldn’t want to ask your ‘new’ outsourcer to provide you with all 10 blog posts. At this stage you don’t know how good their writing skills are. So, ask them to write one or 2.
Where To Find Outsources
Here are the most popular ‘outsourcing’ websites in alphabetical order:
CraigsList.org: This is a free classified ads site. If you’re interested in working with someone locally, this is a good place to start your search.
Elance.com: This is perhaps one of the best known outsourcing sites.
Freelancer.com: Here’s another large, general freelancing site.
Odesk.com: This general outsourcing site is different from the others in that the focus is on hourly jobs rather than fixed-fee jobs.
The Outsourcing Summary…
You are most probably working too many hours on your on-line business.
There are activities that you HATE doing and could easily be given to someone else to do.
Make a list of all your activities you carry out on your on-line business over the next week and note the amount of time spent.
Add the word ‘Hate’ or ‘Love’ to each activity.
Prioritize the ‘HATE’ activities and decide which one to outsource.
Ask friends and family to see if they have the skills to help you.
Ask someone you could partner with and trade activities.
Research the above listed websites.
Once you start to outsource, you won’t look back…I promise!
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