I’ve written about outsourcing before, but this afternoon the value of it sunk home a little bit further.
I don’t know about you, but I’m a terrbiel procrastinator if the thing I need to do isn’t exactly high up there on the list of things I enjoy doing. So, as a result, I’ve had a few things on my to do list nearly all summer long, and I’d just been pushing them off. Last week I finally sat my butt down and came up with my “If I don’t get anything else done at all this month EXCEPT these things” To Do List.
I deliberately kept it reasonably short, but each item was high value, high priority. With about 7 working days left in the month, this list has really focused my efforts.
One of the items on the list was to create a promo video of sorts for my webstore, and distribute it to a pile of social media sites using Traffic Geyser. In the back of my mind I knew that once I had finished the video, I would have to spend a good three hours setting up user accounts at the 49 sites Traffic Geyser supports.You can buy complete account profiles from Traffic Geyser for $100, but I needed a specific user name, relevant to my site.
Sitting there yesterday afternoon, it all of a sudden occurred to me that this three hour task I was dreading could easily be outsourced. I opened a Word doc and started writing out the requirements for the task. Less than 10 minutes later I had posted the project on Scriptlance, and less than 45 minutes from the initial idea, I had awarded the project to a fellow in India, to have it completed by the next morning, for $15 USD.
All of a sudden part of my to do list had been outsourced for far less than the value of my time, and I was free to focus on the video creation. With a clear mind I quickly and efficiently finished everything by the end of the night. This morning I woke up with a completed video, and an email containing all my account information to 49 social media sites. An hour on Traffic Geyser and now my video is all over the net.
Fast forward to this afternoon. I’ve been thinking of redesigning a website I’ve got that is about 4 years old. It is kind of ugly to look at right now, and doesn’t really do much for me. For quite a while I’ve wanted to take the time to re-design it, update it, probably put it on a wordpress platform for ease of editing and SEO purposes, and in general just give it a much needed lift.
Well I was sitting in my chair thinkng about this again when outsourcing light bulb triggered again. So I popped out my Word doc again, to start sketching out what the project would look like, requirements etc.
As soon as I had the requirements drafted out, I knew there was absolutely no reason I couldn’t post this on Scriptlance. So 10 minutes later, it was up there, and now I’m sitting here waiting for the bids to roll in. I actually broke it into two projects, one for site design, and the other for article writing.
The Moral of the Story
If you’re wondering how you’re going to complete a given project, why not stop right now, take out a pad of paper, or open a Word doc, whatever works best for you, and start defining the project in words, on paper. I find the very act of picking up a pencil helps concentrate my thoughts.
You might be surprised how much that step alone helps.
Now for the next step. What exactly is your project? Is it small, or large? If large, can it be broken down into logical sections? Go ahead and do that.
Now you’ve basically got everything you need to either attack this thing yourself, or simply outsource it. I prefer the latter.
Take your document, go to your outsource site of choice (depends on what you’re doing) and post it.
Especially for small tasks, you’d be surprised what you can get done for $15 or $20.
Let me know how it goes!