The growing trend in digital connectivity is allowing more and more of us to ditch the nine to five and work from the comfort of our own homes. Online business is also fast increasing, with 100,000 e-commerce retailers generating at least $12,000 a year in the US alone. But working from home comes with its own challenges, especially where productivity and actually making money are concerned. So as well as implementing all of the handy techniques outlined in our blog, consider outsourcing in order to up-skill and make the most of your time.
VALUE YOUR TIME
Are you spending time completing tasks that could be performed by someone less skilled than you? Or by someone who could complete that work in a much shorter time frame? Aspects like producing content for your website, doing your finances, or even answering routine emails, are examples where this might apply. Decide how much your time is worth (hint: take your instinctive reaction to this question and double it, and you’ll be on the right track); if someone else could do the work for you, to an acceptable standard and at a lower price than your hourly rate, then you shouldn’t be doing it yourself.
OUTSOURCE EVERYTHING BUT THE NECESSARY
The objective of outsourcing is not only to make more money, but to create time to do other things in our lives: in fact, research has found that spending time doing what we want makes us happy, over and above earning more money. So even if it won’t save you a great deal of money, outsource the task anyway – it will improve your mood and help you reach the ultimate goal of working from home in the first place! Outsourcing is simple: you use one of the many platforms on the internet, such as Upwork, Freelancer or Fiverr, to find freelancers who specialize in the work you need doing. You post a detailed job description, sort through your applications, and employ the best one to carry out the task. You may have to deal with some sub-standard work in the beginning as you hone your remote workforce, but over time you’ll find a reliable core of freelancers that are great value.
FOCUS ON WHAT YOU ENJOY
We’re happiest when we’re doing what we love! So why waste time doing tasks that don’t get us ‘in Flow’? Make a list of the things that you do which are most productive for your business, as well as being tasks that you actually look forward to – the two will normally coincide anyway – and just focus on these. Everything else can be outsourced.
Contribution from freelance writer, Jenny Holt