Outsourcing your work...

Written by Richard Grady

Copyright 2005 Richard Grady

A few weeks ago I touched onrepparttar subject of getting other people to do your work for you. I want to cover this topic in a bit more detail as outsourcing is a superb way of saving yourself both time and money.

By way of example, let me start with a short story :-)

At 8.30pm one night last week, I started to wonder whether it would be possible to automate a particular part of one of my website design processes. At present I do this task semi-manually and it takes me about 4 hours to generate a multi-page website.

Anyway, by 8.45pm I had scratched out an outline of what I would need a new custom piece of software to do to automate this task and by 8.59pmrepparttar 136062 'project' was advertised on one ofrepparttar 136063 main freelance websites....

Within 2 minutes I hadrepparttar 136064 first bid from a programmer....

Within 15 minutes I had four more bids....

Within 45 minutes I had accepted a bid andrepparttar 136065 programmer was working onrepparttar 136066 project.

Two days and $75 later (and with less than an hours work required by me) and I had a brand new piece of custom software which can completerepparttar 136067 task in question in seconds rather than hours!

With several excellent freelance sites around nowadays, it is very easy to find a programmer/web designer/writer/whatever that will be happy to work with you andrepparttar 136068 cost (as illustrated above) will often be far less than you might expect.

If you spend some time thinking aboutrepparttar 136069 type of tasks you could outsource, I am sure you will soon come up with a fairly substantial list. The following are just a few ideas:

Website design Website maintenance Copywriting General writing - for example of an entire eBook! Software design/creation (for your own use or resale) Graphic design Script installation (and creation) Dealing with your support emails Finding new affiliates Finding new link exchange partners

And sorepparttar 136070 list goes on....

Of course, as with anything, there are a few things to be aware of when outsourcing so here are my top tips for a successful project:

1. Only post your project onrepparttar 136071 main freelance sites (list below). This will give yourepparttar 136072 best exposure andrepparttar 136073 highest level of competition from bidders. This means keen pricing and a good range of expertise from which to choose from.


Written by Dennis Rushing

My Grandfather was a man of few words. (I am not much like him in that respect.) When he did speak everyone listened. He would speak his mind and it was usually words of infinite wisdom. He was a farmer inrepparttar Ozarks of Missouri and I guess he got that way due to allrepparttar 136043 time he spent alone in his fields. I remember as a little boy, a conversation he had with my Grandmother. My Grandmother asked my Grandfather why he told her only once in all their 45 years of marriage that he loved her. My Grandfatherís reply was very simple. ďI told you I loved you once and that was good enough. Itís when I tell you I donít love you is when you have to start worrying.Ē As time has past in my 8 years in Internet sales, I have often thought of this conversation. The average ISM will attempt to contactrepparttar 136044 customer after a request maybe only once whether by phone or email. The customer is often left wondering ifrepparttar 136045 dealership really cares if they buy from them or not. They may have gotten your message that you called, but lack of follow up will leave them wondering after that. Looking from my Grandmotherís point of view, she went all those years knowing my Grandfather loved her because he showed her with actions. But she still had that need to hear it. Our internet customers often feel this same need. They want to feel special about their request because they maderepparttar 136046 first step in commitment to purchase. Do not confuse this as any other sign. How we conduct that first contact is so crucial it will affect not only whether we will get them into our dealerships, but also whether we will deliver them a vehicle. Too often our first contact with them is spent dryly giving them either very little information or just spitting out a price. The lack of personal attention to them and what they feel is really important will make or breakrepparttar 136047 Internet effort. Remember, Internet sales have nothing to do with price or buying a car, it has to do with relationships. The more personal information you are able to gather during that first contact will enable you to have greater insight into their needs and wants. Spend time with them onrepparttar 136048 phone as if you have been friends for years. It will easerepparttar 136049 tension of buying a car and enable you to better serve their needs. This will build trust that cannot be accomplished anywhere else inrepparttar 136050 sales process. This is a major difference fromrepparttar 136051 conventional customer.

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