Want to know what I outsource?

People often want to know what I outsource so I decided to write a post with a list of things I have or do outsource. Note: I have been outsourcing regularly for the past 3 years so I am bound to forget something that should be on the list. Also keep in mind, many tasks can be automated.

Important: I know how to do and have done everything on this list.

Although delegating what you “can’t do” is a great place to begin, outsourcing is really about freeing your time to focus on what you do best! THAT is how you achieve Big Business Results!

Graphics:

  1. eBook covers,
  2. CD and DVD covers
  3. video and MP3 products
  4. boxes, bags, clipboards, etc. for product images
  5. Facebook timeline covers
  6. Facebook buttons
  7. Facebook ads
  8. Twitter backgrounds
  9. YouTube backgrounds
  10. logos
  11. website headers
  12. membership badges and cards
  13. infographics
  14. PowerPoint template
  15. ezine
  16. business cards, letterhead, brochure, speaker one-sheet
  17. various images
  18. bookmarks
  19. t-shirt design
  20. cartoons
  21. website themes

Editing

  1. video
  2. audio
  3. eBook content
  4. physical book content
  5. removing backgrounds from images

Writing

  1. eBook content
  2. PowerPoint presentations
  3. blog posts
  4. articles for submission
  5. autoresponder messages
  6. online newsletter
  7. sales letter
  8. social media messages
  9. press releases
  10. proposals
  11. web page content

Creating

  1. intro videos
  2. promotion videos

Social Media

  1. posting social media messages
  2. writing social media messages
  3. finding relevant people, pages and/or groups

Other

  1. Outbound phone calls
  2. responding to emails and customer support tickets
  3. general research
  4. travel arrangements
  5. proofreading
  6. website coding
  7. technical troubleshooting
  8. domain transfers
  9. data entry
  10. product packaging and mailing
  11. CD/DVD duplication
  12. marketing and promotion
  13. autoresponder setup and maintenance
  14. installing WordPress
  15. SEO

QUESTIONS?

Is there something you want to outsource that is not on my list?

If you already outsource, what task have you most enjoyed getting off your plate?

 

20 Comments

  • Lorraine McNulty

    Reply Reply August 11, 2013

    Linette,
    I love it when people understand the importance of concentrating on what their strengths are and realise they don’t have to do everything themselves. Especially as that is the lifeblood of my business.
    I love working with people and often form great relationships with them and become an integral part of their team.
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    • Dr. Linette

      Reply Reply August 12, 2013

      Lorraine, I am so glad my readers get to hear this from you . . . instead of always from me.
      I can sound like a broken record sometimes but I work with so many clients who have hit a time (=income) ceiling and can’t figure out how to break through.

  • Mrs Gibbins

    Reply Reply August 12, 2013

    That is a great list and can’t think of anything else to add !!
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    • Dr. Linette

      Reply Reply August 12, 2013

      Thank you Mrs. Gibbins. I’m sure I have forgotten something but it is a great place for people to begin.

  • Helen Willsher

    Reply Reply August 12, 2013

    Wow! There is so much to out souce. I do agree with you that you should know how to do some of these things first before you out source. I still have to learn about many of these things, but I will now look at out sourcing the things that I know how to do!
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    • Dr. Linette

      Reply Reply August 12, 2013

      Happy Dance Helen.

      There are many opportunities to free up some of your time so you can focus on what you do best.
      Yes, it is important to know how to do something before you outsource it but don’t drown in learning. You only need enough understanding to select the right person and know if they produce quality work.

  • WILLIAM O'TOOLE

    Reply Reply August 12, 2013

    That is a lot of stuff to outsource.. does that mean you make the calls and that’s it?

    • Dr. Linette

      Reply Reply August 12, 2013

      Hi William,

      It’s a long list but I don’t need everything – all the time.
      And yes, when I need XXX . . . I contact the person who handles XXX for me. Tell them what I need and when they are done and work has been approved by me – they get paid.

      I have about 5 people I use regularly. A graphics person. A tech person. A content person. A video/audio person. An admin person.
      Sometimes you will find an admin person who also does graphics and content. Or perhaps a tech person who also does video/audio stuff.

      So again, I outsource a lot but it doesn’t take a lot of people. And keep in mind – I have no staff, nor do I have any full-time contractors.

  • Princess Shimari

    Reply Reply August 12, 2013

    Seems like you have a rather expansive business going on there Linette.
    So it would make sense for you to outsource some of your work. I can see how it would be necessary for you to do so.
    All the best.
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    • Dr. Linette

      Reply Reply August 12, 2013

      Hi Princess,

      I am a small home-based business, just like you. I don’t have an office – I don’t have staff. I don’t have a housekeeper. I home-school my teenage daughter.

      I gave a long outsource list in the blog post but they aren’t ongoing. You outsource as you need to and the more your business grows, the more you will outsource until you reach the point of having a full team.

      Please read the comment I left for you on a previous post (http://linettemontae.com/the-lazy-geeks-guide-to-outsourcing-everything/). The information I share there is worth reading, I promise.

  • rachael

    Reply Reply August 12, 2013

    I’ve just started outsouring, I use peopleperhour and fiverr and its making my life soooo much easier!!
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    • Dr. Linette

      Reply Reply August 13, 2013

      Way to go Rachael. Isn’t it amazing how freeing it feels? And with a site like Fiverr, everyone can outsource.

  • Megan

    Reply Reply August 12, 2013

    Good ideas – some things on your list I hadn’t thought about outsourcing, that would certainly save me time.

    • Dr. Linette

      Reply Reply August 13, 2013

      Hi Megan,

      In this day and time, everything can be outsourced. If you need more outsourcing ideas, just visit http://Fiverr.com and scroll through the listings. They have things on there I would have never thought of.

      Sometimes when I need a break, I just scroll through looking for cool stuff. LOL!

  • Keri Kight

    Reply Reply August 12, 2013

    When I first bought my domain name, I had someone design my website for me, mainly because I was so new to WordPress. That was only a one time thing, because I decided I needed to know WordPress myself before I paid someone else to do it. For now I handle all my website needs, and email needs. Would you consider Hootsuite an outsource method? I use Hootsuite to schedule my posts throughout the day so I don’t have to be on social media all the time. I know outsourcing can be very helpful, as it is a time saver.
    Keri Kight recently posted…Where can you find your strength?My Profile

    • Dr. Linette

      Reply Reply August 13, 2013

      Hi Keri, I LOVE Hootsuite. I have been using it for a few years now.
      Hootsuite is considered automation – not outsourcing BUT once you write your posts – you can pay someone to schedule them for you. :)

  • Rachel Lavern

    Reply Reply August 12, 2013

    This is a great list and hopefully helps biz owners to decide WHAT they should outsource. It is a great way to get clarity on what to delegate and what to focus your time and effort on doing to grow your business as quickly as possible.

    I frequently hear biz owners say that they do not trust anyone else to do them or that they find it a struggle to fine someone else to do them–along with several seemingly trivial reasons why they hold on to tasks that are not creating the highest results in their business. I feel that those biz owners should carefully consider their reasons for holding on to activities that are not freeing them up to work on the highest value-producing things they could be doing.
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    • Dr. Linette

      Reply Reply August 13, 2013

      Super Happy Dance Rachel!

      You said it so perfectly! :)

  • Michelle Arbore

    Reply Reply August 12, 2013

    What a great list and will have to share. When I was a VA I would talk about delegating all of the time and how much more you could get done in your business. You also made me think about adding this topic to my 30 business challenge.

    • Dr. Linette

      Reply Reply August 13, 2013

      Hi Michelle,

      I heard about your upcoming challenge. I agree this is a great topic – let me know how I can support that lesson.

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