One philosophy has always been true with me – work hard and work fast. Maybe it’s learned behavior from working as a chef in a busy Italian restaurant for a number of years but there is a poisonous disadvantage of holding this view. The fact is, sometimes others don’t like to work hard or fast and you don’t want to develop the limiting belief of – “if you want something doing, you should do it yourself”.
Our lives are so busy and as just one person we can only physically achieve so much with the time we are given. As my career develops into a management focused role I have learned to slowly let go of the reigns and train others to take my place; I can now serve five tasks at once thanks to the fine art of delegation.
When to OutSource? The Fast Lane.
The more I read about those in the financial fast lane, the more I realise I need to evolve from working hard to working smart. I am currently reading The Four Hour Work Week which is a guide to making more money whilst outsourcing your life; very fitting for the experience I’m about to share!
I love to learn and hate to think there are things I can’t do with my current knowledge and capacity but a successful entrepreneur should have the vision to allocate their weaker and less crucial tasks to those who are more skilled and/or have the time. You should look to outsource a project when:
- It becomes clear that the time it will take will far exceed the benefit it provides
- You are unsure of how to complete a project and can’t invest the time to learn how to do it
- You have more critical tasks that you should be working on whilst the task in question can be done by someone else
- You are on a tight deadline and need to clone yourself immediately!
Posting a Job on Elance
My main side hustle is freelance digital marketing for small businesses, this involves a range of skills, one of which is web design. The first time I outsourced a task I had some coding trouble; after spending over six hours trying to fix the issue I finally decided it was time to enlist some online help. There are many outsourcing platforms available out there but for such a specialist request I chose Elance. On my first attempt, posting a job on Elance was a very quick and painless process.
Here’s how you can outsource a task on Elance in around ten minutes!
- Create an account – You can sign up here
- Post your job/project – Detail exactly what you would like to be done. From Writing and Programming to Legal help and Manufacturing!
- Freelancers will pitch their response to you almost instantly!
- Check the prices and reviews of each freelancer; find a good balance between price and proven competence in your task type
- Hire your chosen freelance – Provide then with any login details or documents that they will need to complete the job
- Pay when they’ve finished! – Your funds will be held with Elance until both parties are happy with the transaction.
In my particular case I managed to post a job, get a great price and have it completed within 24 hours! A fantastic experience with an individual I would certainly hire again!
- You are likely to receive many offers for your job as soon as it is posted, if you have the time, leave the job for an hour or so to ensure you have a greater chance of finding the perfect freelancer
- Be specific with your request to ensure you get exactly what you want from the task
- Don’t ‘babysit’ your freelancer by checking up on them too regularly, you’ve outsourced the task to save time so spend it doing something more useful!
Outsourcing tasks is a great activity for those that want to take their side hustle to the next level. Once you’ve worked out a solid formula for outsourcing you can really start to scale your hustle and take more profits at the same time!
Have you ever hired help online? What sort of tasks have you outsourced to others?