Online outsourcing keeps your business flexible in both uncertain and good times since remote talent is versatile and can be hired out on an as-needed basis. Think of it as talent on demand. You have access to a much greater pool of talent with fewer restrictions. However, there are still many considerations to take in when you’re looking to outsource.
When to Consider Hiring Remotely
Take a step back and really look at the work you need to be taken off your plate. If you realize that there is a very high likelihood it could be done remotely, I encourage you to look into that. There is plenty of work that does not need to be completed by another physical body in the office and would save you overhead to task with a remote freelancer instead.
It is often beneficial to have a larger reach of talent than just what your local network provides. Remote hiring can be much more cost-effective when considering that you won’t have to worry about paying vacation time, benefits, or minimum hours. You can even try out multiple candidates by asking them to complete a similar task and based on the results, judge which candidate you’d want to proceed with doing additional business with in the future. Outsourcing is a great way to try out a new hire without such a binding commitment.
What Types of Work to Outsource
There are many positions worth looking into outsourcing work for. To name a few, you might consider looking into bookkeeping and accounting, CAD and drawings of all kinds, design assistance, admin, sourcing, and purchasing, just to name a few.
You’ll need to know how to post online to inquire about these positions and what to look for in your applicants. Your job description should be very clear, very succinct and very specific. You’re going to need to look for fewer soft skills and fewer people skills with your online outsourcing than you need in your local hires because your remote hires will not be as client-facing. There are so many freelancing resources to browse when you’re looking to hire for specific positions. You’ll still need to vet them and check reviews, but you’ll find your options across the board can be exponentially greater when looking for talent online. It can be a real game changer for your practice!
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