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Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Double Their Time and Money by Outsourcing

Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Double Their Time and Money by Outsourcing
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There is a limit to what an individual can achieve alone. That limit is even greater in business.

Entrepreneurship is about pursuing your passion and unleashing your creativity for the purposes of creating and adding value and doing something that is of high importance to you and those you seek to serve. The entrepreneur(s) that will not be able to live out their days doing what they are most passionate about are the ones who don’t invest in themselves and/or their business because of a fear of failure, losing money, etc. So what is this investment I allude to? It’s called outsourcing!

What is Outsourcing?

Outsourcing is the process of delegating a company’s business tasks and/or processes to third parties or outside agencies, leveraging several benefits such as low costs, high quality, and creativity. Companies undertake outsourcing for a variety of reasons (that we’ll discuss later) but what remains the same is the impact outsourcing has on their growth, productivity and bottom lines.

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Another way to answer the question, “What is outsourcing” is this…

Outsourcing is the decision you make when you are trying to run a successful business and you ask yourself, “Do I really need to be responsible for my businesses marketing, sales, HR, technology and everything else I need to be competitive and professional?” Or the question may simply be, “Can I handle all of my day-to-day tasks and still be able to commit to the activities that allow me to do the things I am most passionate about in my business?” These everyday tasks may include business development, scheduling, administrative functions, data presentations, managing email, and so on. If you are trying to handle all of those things alone or with an inadequate team, I have to tell you, you are probably spending your days just wasting time.

Give your Business an Opportunity to Grow

Many entrepreneurs and (medium/small) business owners must learn to get out of their own way. It’s very simple; you either embrace outsourcing and give your business an opportunity to grow or let your competitors beat you. The entrepreneur or business owner that is on the path to success is the one that is not afraid to ask for or seek the help of others. Successful business owners maximize their strengths and talents and hire people who are better at fulfilling the objectives they are weakest in. By not seeking these professionals out or providing them with an opportunity to contribute to your business, you are and will always be missing out on competitive advantage opportunities, precious business development time and several significant other product or service opportunities.

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So now that you have read about some of the wonderful benefits of outsourcing, you may be saying, “Well what about the costs?” Nice try. Outsourcing is now a reality for almost any sized budget. There are literally thousands of qualified workers available and ready to serve you and your business needs. Think about it. Smart business owners save themselves the burden of paying overhead costs associated with payroll taxes and expenses, paid time off, and worker’s compensation. Hiring a staff and providing them with office space, equipment, training, and health insurance is much harder to get from under, guarantee the relationship, and/or confidently invest in. This is why the outsourcing decision is such a no-brainer.

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    Why is Outsourcing a Good Choice for Your Business?

    The most obvious answer to this question is that outsourcing your businesses day to day back-office tasks will give you more time to focus on generating income. Just think about how much money you are losing by doing everything yourself. Add up all the hours you spend each day performing tasks that can easily be delegated and aren’t making you money and/or serving your clients. Now ask yourself, “Why”? I’ll wait… There’s really no good answer to this question. It’s simply not acceptable not to make money and offer value in business.

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    6 Additional Benefits of Outsourcing That Can’t Be Ignored:

    1. Outsourcing companies deliver services faster.
    2. Outsourcing increases the knowledge base of your company.
    3. Outsourced work usually ends up in the hands of a highly educated and specialized professional or agency consultant.
    4. Outsourcing provides access to resources not available internally.
    5. Outsourcing lowers overall operating expenses.
    6. Outsourcing company hours. Some outsourcing companies work during your office hours, many of them work while your office is closed, and some have the ability to do both. So in fact, if you can find a “hybrid” outsourcing company that provides 24-hour service at a low rate (like this one: Opportunities2Serve.com), you will experience the kind of immediate results and benefits you’ve always dreamed of.

    3 Signs That You May Need to Outsource:

    1. You can’t recall the last time you made an update to your website.
    2. You’d rather not spend time updating and keeping up with your social media channels.
    3. You aren’t getting results from your advertising.

    Finding the Right Contractors

    Find capable, reliable outsource providers! Start with your own network. Ask questions like, “Who’s responsible for taking care of your businesses lead generation, database entries, payroll, web development, or web research?” Usually, people are more than happy to offer up their source. In the absence of a good recommendation like Germinate Outsourcing, there are online services such as Upwork, Thumbtack, and Fiverr that serve as virtual marketplaces for you to consider. The key to identifying the right contractor is to know exactly what you’re looking for and find out exactly how your outsourcing professional can help you.

    When you decide to hire an outsourcing professional, don’t be afraid to offer, communicate and/or outline task-based agreements or expectations. Never assume that your outsourcing professional is thinking what you’re thinking, knows or completely understands your process (until they show you they do), or knows what your definition of done is.

    Even when expectations are clearly stated, there’s a chance that there will still be a bit of a learning curve to ensure that all tasks are done just the way you are expecting them to be. After you grow comfortable with your outsourcing professional, you may then consider transitioning into a more permanent relationship or agreement once you’re confident in their ability to consistently deliver.

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    It’s Your Move!

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    Published on July 27, 2021

    15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

    15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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    During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

    But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

    Put the Pro in Professional

    After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

    1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

    The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

    Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

    2. Dress the Part

    While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

    Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

    For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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    Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

    3. Stage Your Workspace

    Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

    Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

    4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

    Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

    Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

    Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

    Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

    5. Arrive on Time

    In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

    Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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    6. Turn on Your Video

    Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

    If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

    Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

    7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

    Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

    Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

    Attend to the Pesky Details

    8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

    With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

    Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

    9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

    Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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    Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

    10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

    As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

    Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

    Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

    Talking Has a Time and a Place

    11. Chat Appropriately

    Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

    At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

    12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

    The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

    Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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    13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

    In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

    Manage Yourself

    14. Minimize Distractions

    While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

    Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

    15. Save Snacking for Later

    Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

    However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

    Final Thoughts

    Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

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