In today’s episode, Anna talks about why and how you can start outsourcing tasks in your business, even when you’re just starting out and not yet ready to build a full-time team.
(1:15) “When you hear the word ‘outsourcing’, you probably think of big companies using call centres in Bangalore to save money by replacing more expensive local employees. But really it just means using an external supplier for a task rather than doing it yourself – and while it may well be cheaper to outsource to other countries, and that is certainly a possibility, you can also find good people locally.”
(1:56) “The obvious benefit of outsourcing certain tasks is that you then have the time and energy to dedicate to other tasks. For many of these tasks, there is probably someone else who can do it faster than you or better than you or cheaper than you and sometimes all three together.”
(3:59) “As to when you should start outsourcing, the answer is probably: sooner than you think! Again, there’s a limit to how far you’ll be able to push the business with just you doing all the things, and it’s outsourcing some of those things that will help you get over the hurdle and take your business to a completely different level.”
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