Friday, June 17, 2011

Many people don’t outsource because they don’t know what to outsource, and they don’t know where to start. The first advice I can give is this: start small.

You need to develop your outsourcing skills before starting to outsource bigger chunks of work.

What does it mean to start small?

First task to outsource: web research.

Maybe you never really take the time to do competitive research because you have all these other things to do that seem more important. What if it’d cost you $5 to $10 to get a report on your competitors? or to find a list of bloggers in your niche that you could contact to gain more exposure? Finally, what asking to create a list of potential clients?

What to do with the list of competitors or bloggers? You could add them to your RSS reader to easily keep track of what is happening in their blogs and you could sometimes show up and comment.

Once you have outsourced tasks several times, you will develop the outsourcing mindset and finding things in your business that you could outsource will become natural.

How much would a virtual assistant cost?

For web research you can expect to pay anywhere between $2/hour to $5/hour. It means that a task that would take you 2 hours to do will cost you $4. Not bad!

Where can I find my first virtual assistant?

To be honest, the easiest way to start outsourcing is to hire Karissa, a virtual assistant listed on TaskArmy for $5 per hour. Simply go to the page and click the button “Order for $5/hour”. Her great English really makes it easy to communicate with her.

Don’t feel bad about hiring her for this cheap. She comes from the Philippines and $5/hour goes a long way there. She is the one who picked how much to charge by the way.

What if you don’t want to use Karissa’s service? Too bad, you are stuck. Just kidding: a good place to find virtual assistants is on odesk. Simply post a job to describe what you want done and wait for the hundreds of virtual assistants to bid on your job. Feeling a bit overwhelmed? It’s ok, everyone feels the same :)

Seriously, give outsourcing a try, it is worth all its drawbacks and frustrations.