7 Tasks you can outsource
We all want maximum productivity in our businesses as well as our lives, don't we? Well, the question is, do you know how to outsource your life for maximum productivity? Yes, you heard right, outsource! The idea of outsourcing may have already crossed your mind and may probably think that it is only suitable for big companies.
what you don't know is that those 'big' companies implement is just one kind of outsourcing. This is because outsourcing can include hiring someone so you won't have to do task that you think can be entrusted to another person.
So, how do you know when to outsource something? Three criteria can be used;
Am I procrastinating this task?
If you think you're procrastinating on a particular task, you probably don't have the resources, knowledge or skill to do it well.
Do I dread starting this task?
If you dread starting the task, rather than excitement, this shows that you don't really want to do it. And this means that you won't be doing it with passion that you would if it is exciting to you.
Am I awesome at this task?
If the answer is "no", there is probability that you can find a professional to help you out. If the answer is "yes", it's to rearrange your priorities and outsource something else to free up your time.
Below are few tasks that you can outsource to great success, and can help you gain back precious free time that can immensely improve your overall happiness, stress level and satisfaction.
SHOPPING FOR FRESH PRODUCE
It is common knowledge that a diet full of organic fruit and vegetables is essential for maintaining our brain and bodies, but do you have the time to go to a farmer's market near you? Like do you have the time to do this weekly? If your answer to the above question is "no", then you have to look into CSAs that gives delivery services.
CSA in full means, Community Supported Agriculture. Where you purchase your portion of local farm's harvest and you get a box full of whatever you want weekly. Here is a tip; to get your groceries, wines and beers delivered to you, most supermarket have a delivery option with online shopping.
A lot of folks are of the opinion that personality chefs are just for celebrities. However, best spelling author, Brendon Burchard hit the nail on the head on this theory. He explained that he and his wife went into a cooking school and asked the instructor to recommend a talented student who wanted to get into catering. They employed a chef who worked with their weekly budget, purchased and prepared a week's worth of healthy meals and even cleaned up. You can also try this or look into a delivery meal services like Blue Apron.
PUTTING TOGETHER FURNITURE, DRY CLEANING AND OTHER IN-PERSON TASKS.
It's easy to relate to how much of a pain in the rear it is when it comes to errands that cannot be done virtually. Now you have to temporarily drop more important tasks. Services like Zaarly and TaskRabbit, connects you to people in your area who are willing to do simple tasks in exchange for money. You can hire someone to put together flat pack furniture you just purchased or run a Black Friday shopping.
Whether you want to create a database of accounting firm in your city to market research that support a hunch for your next presentation, there is no reason that you should take the first step researching anything these days, services like Fiverr, Freelancer and E-lance connect you with talented experts who are willing to complete the task faster and for less money
5. GRAPHIC DESIGN AND DIGITAL PRESENTATION
If you are not a skilled designer, your digital presentation could probably use some pizazz. But instead of spending valuable time trying to figure out how Power Point works, or mulling over the merits of Arial Bold, you can spend a view money on Fiverr, Elan, 99design to design your slideshow. the time you've just saved can be used instead for rehearsing your presentation.
6. APPOINTMENTS, RESERVATION AND LOGISTICS COORDINATION
Let's imagine what would happen if we never make calls for hair appointment, car service, dinner reservations doctors' appointment, price checking at local stores.
Pretty great, right? So, wipe your plate clean of all of these task tasks, and hire assistant for them. Hours of time will be saved by doing so, and you'd be blown away by how affordable this is. Services like Fancy Hands got you covered, for example you'll pay between $3 and $5 per task
7. ANSWERING YOUR PHONE
Your virtual assistant might not attend to your calls, but you can outsource that easily by hiring a virtual receptionist that can give an air of authenticity and professionalism to your side business not to mention free you up from unexpected phone calls
Services like AppleTree Answers, Ruby Receptionist and Voice Cloud offer receptionist that will pick up your phone 24/7 and ease the burden of your call load.
The truth remains that not many people are used to outsourcing tasks. The ‘no one can do it better than me’ mindset is sometimes the reason behind many occasions of poor productivity and low efficiency in business.
If you are new to outsourcing and you have no idea where to start, simply read through the above list and pick a particular task or two you wish to have taken off your plate.
Do this again after a couple more weeks with another set of tasks and you would see that suddenly you have enough time to devote to more important tasks.
Freeing your mind off the clutter of mundane tasks will boost your creativity and productivity in your work place or business. The satisfaction afterwards is worth every penny you spend outsourcing tasks. Don’t procrastinate on this too, outsource those boring tasks today!