Outsource your life

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

If you are a sole trader or small business owner, you can waste literally hours of your life on the phone handling queries and processing orders. You can also blow a whole day on emails, arranging travel, making appointments – the list is endless and the end result is that your business suffers.

With any small business, you need to be driving the business, not fighting the small fires that crop up along the way and not getting bogged down in menial tasks. So if you can find a way to outsource your basic tasks, you simply have to take the opportunity.

First and foremost is the phone. If the phone never stops ringing, it can kill your day as you don’t get time to focus. So a service like CSnotepad’s allows companies like yours to concentrate on the big picture while a team of virtual staff fields your calls on a dedicated phone line, and manages order taking and payment processing.

Of course, this could be just the start of your outsourced life. If you’re like Tim Ferriss, author of The Four-Hour Workweek, you’ll streamline your workflow completely. You might not want to go as far as Ferriss, but if you adopt his principles and farm out all of your mundane work, from typing up letters and emails to delivering products, you might find you have far more free time to work on what is truly important.

Outsourcing isn’t just for the big corporations these days. Journalists use transcribers in Asia, one-man businesses find copywriters for blog posts, and soon we’ll have an army of on-demand workers to take care of household tasks as companies follow the Uber model for cleaning, handiwork and more.

So really analyse your workflow, make a timesheet that shows just how much time you spend each and every day on mundane tasks and see what you can do about sending that work to someone else. There is nothing more precious than your time, so it could be the best investment you ever make.

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