Many people have a lot of misconceptions when it comes to outsourcing work for their small business. Time to bust some myths about outsourcing!
There are many people that would rather over-work themselves than delegate a task. Either it’s just easier, or they don’t trust someone else to do it right, or they feel like they’d just end up having to fix someone else’s work. That’s just an excuse. As a business owner, you can not do it all – and you shouldn’t even contemplate it. Delegation is an extremely important aspect of business leadership and should be used whenever possible.
You might wonder when is the right time to start delegating responsibilities. The answer might be immediately, for some solopreneurs. Just because your company is small enough to be handled by one person, doesn’t mean it needs to be. If you haven’t already started delegating, you need to.
If you’re in a leadership role, the concept of delegation won’t be new to you .. it’s an essential skill to have. What might be a little more challenging is delegating to a team that works for you remotely, like when you contract with a virtual assistant. Some businesses have whole teams working remotely, over several different time zones. Managing how people work on projects together can be challenging but well worth the effort. Here are some simple tips that can help you to effectively delegate to your remote virtual administrative team.
Many people believe that “delegating” is just a way of getting rid of work – that delegation is simply the selfish act of giving your work to other people, so you can have less of it. Au contraire! Delegation is about work productivity .. and that’s why a client chooses to partner with a virtual assistant. If you adjust your perspective, delegation is actually a way to gain personal productivity while helping others to develop new skill sets. You win and they win .. everybody wins!
“I’m awesome! Who can do a better job than me?!” Where have I heard this before? Let’s get down to basics, if you are a small business owner, you can not do everything, nor should you. Because of your uncertainty that delegated work will be done to your standard, you cannot move on to new tasks. You’ll have to learn how to let go and to train your team to do your usual tasks. Don’t forget, your team includes your contractors, assistants (virtual, or otherwise), bookkeepers & accountants and anyone else you pay to help you stay productive.
Why outsource to India? India can claim its leadership when it comes to outsourcing, especially internationally. India workers are outranking their peers around the globe with computer programming, internet communicating, and computer technology. They are well-informed and experienced regarding technology, mathematics and science. Global financial benefits are very appealing to many India workers who are poorly paid for their expertise.
Outsourcing of services is not exclusively for large corporate business – it is a practice that can benefit business operations of any size. The benefit of outsourcing could reflect not only in reduced overheads, but also in improved productivity. Some businesses need to have full-time employees for certain functions, but many small and medium businesses don’t always have enough tasks to keep full-time employees busy all of the time. This is compounded by the burden of having to manage additional administrative functions. Having a Virtual Assistant eliminates this, allowing you to focus on growing your business and serving your clients.