Should you outsource / Build your Virtual Team in 2012?

I know you are probably getting bombarded with “What are you doing in 2012” emails. Even though there are a lot of reminders hitting your email box, don’t discard the spirit of the message.  I love this saying:

“Business don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan”…Anonymous

Yes plans are important.  Managing your team and strategic outsourcing should form part of your planning process. If you are anything like me my business plans are BIG.  Wow I am going to accomplish so much in the next year and then 3 months into the year what happens?  You are in a hole totally overwhelmed by your plans.

I am not going to tell you I have this problem licked, because when you have a team, you just create bigger plans and so the problem can be the same.  In fact, it can be a huge negative on your team morale when your plans are unreasonably too big.

One way to make sure you accomplish the growth, create the new products and keep your income growing is to make sure you think about your strategic outsourcing / virtual team growth plan also.  This forms an important part of managing your virtual team.

If you are new to outsourcing and are wondering if you should, here is a little exercise:

  • Take a 3 day snapshot and as you work write down all of the daily tasks you do
  • After the 3 days, examine the list and highlight all of the tasks that you could get someone to do.
  • Now tally the time this will save you per week

Now if you could buy back an extra 5 hours per week, what could you create in your business with an extra 250 hours in the next year.  If you could create a product that will bring in $30K for example, would it be worth paying someone 250 x $20 = $5000 for that year?

If you already have a team the planning process is different.

For example, if you are going to run more teleseminars promoting your membership site, do you have enough people on your team to manage the website creation, pre and post product promotion, administration of your membership site?

So when you are planning how much income you are going to make from your next year’s promotions; you will also want to incorporate some growth to bring on extra team members or pay your current team for more hours.

Planning your business and outsourcing needs and managing your virtual team growth can be very simple; there is no need to complicate it.

If you would like some help with planning your team to fit in with your business for 2012, I am offering 2 free consultations to the first people who email me here.

  • Aj

    This is a great post.
    I believe that moving forward, outsourcing will become a bigger part of business. As a business owner, I am actually going to be looking at outsourcing as a way to grow my business.
    I want to hire people as needed as have them work as needed.
    It’s a win-win situation for business owners, especially micro and small business owners.
    -AJ

    • Anonymous

      Hi Aj

      Thank you for your feedback. Yes outsourcing is a win-win when done properly. Let us know how you go and if you need any advice – happy to put an article up about it.

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