You’re an entrepreneur—that means you can do it all yourself. You can simultaneously juggle finances and marketing and management and creative demands and soccer practice and grocery shopping and dog walking and housecleaning and 18 social media profiles and lead generation—all while saving the world from fiery asteroids.
And that’s just on Tuesdays.
You don't need help. Help is for the weak. Except for one little thing.
All those other tasks are keeping you from giving the time and attention your real zone of genius deserves and requires. And juggling too many balls at once means that many of them are going to hit the ground.
Regardless of whether you’re going this small business journey alone in your living room or you already have a team of five to 10 people, there will often come a time when there is more work to be done than there are hours to do it.
And this is when outsourcing or freelancing can save the day.
Outsourcing is for businesses of all sizes
Even if you’re already building an amazing team full of bright and dedicated people, there will always be times when your team is stretched too thin—or you need something particular for your project that is outside the skillsets of those you employ. Outsourcing, contracting and freelancers can also help bridge the gap between having too much work for those you’ve currently hired but not yet enough work to hire someone new.
Chances are you CAN afford to get some help
Outsourcing may seem like another expense that you can cut. After all, money can be tight and surely you can learn to do whatever it is that needs doing, right?
Wrong. You are actually the most expensive employee your business has. And even if you are relying on a member of your team, if you are asking them to go outside of their specialty or take on extra work on top of their regular workload, the work will cost you more in the long run.
Entrepreneurs have long seen outsourcing as a strategy reserved for big business, but technology has made it a more accessible tool for small businesses – and for some small firms, outsourcing has made a powerful impact on their growth, productivity and bottom lines.
~Nancy Mann Jackson, Entrepreneur.com
If you are contemplating outsourcing some of your business processes, projects or tasks, here are five of the best freelance tools to help you find the help you need.
“You have a project that needs a high-quality creative work. We have a network of handpicked, vetted professionals who are ready to get dirty. We match you up and then we make sure the process goes smoothly on both ends.
The best applicants. No recruiters. No worries.”
Upwork (formerly ODesk)
“Anything that can be done on a computer—from web and mobile programming to graphic design—can be done on Upwork. Freelance experts can tackle a range of projects. Whether you need a writer to knock out a 500-word blog post or a full-fledged software development team to support your business, our tools and the expert freelancers in our marketplace can accommodate.”
“Search for services being offered by freelancers that match your needs. Our global network of over 1.5 million gurus are eager to help with any technical, creative or business projects you have on the table. Explore each freelancer’s profile and browse their previous work so you can hire with confidence.”
“We've removed all the friction and hassle so you can find exactly what you need, on time and on budget. Services on Fiverr start at just $5. Simply browse through the millions of Gigs available and order exactly what you need."
“The goal of SuperTasker is to be your digital hub, a one-stop-solution for all tasks digital: from content production, editing and distribution across all digital channels. To make this easier, SuperTasker has API integrations with popular cloud solutions like Magento, Shopify, Dropbox and more, so you can pull in content easily, edit it, and push it back out seamlessly.”