Outsourcing Home Business Chores – Why & How
We all hate certain aspects of our daily home business routines; the data plugging, the end of day accounts, the blog updates (heaven forbid). My personal pet hate is searching for the perfect flexible jobs for the job board; it’s at the heart of hmp but I hate it.
Thankfully we’ve had an in-house team of web squirrels to find these jobs from the launch of hiremyparents so I’ve been able to do less and less of it over time. Slowly stepping backwards, smiling all the time, no sudden moves. I can now focus on the parts of hmp I enjoy, things I’m good at.
However, there are home business owners out there that do everything. Think about it! Everything! The marketing, the buying, the data/web updates, customer service, fixing the crap that always seem to take up half a day, sales calls, blog, production, follow-ups, coffee – everything!
Its small wonder that most go to the wall with the owner’s heart in tatters and 2 mortgages hanging round his/her neck.
The answer is, of course, outsourcing. Find yourself a quality and trusted job board (hint hint) and put your needs up there and wait for the the resumes. But hold on that’s more bloody work. Before you know it your inbox is filled with resume chuckers that throw you an email just because your job’s in a certain category. So what do you do?
Instead of giving an email to send responses to give potential outsourcees a link to a Q&A form. You can set one of these up for free at places like http://www.surveymonkey.com/. Here you can get details of experience, expected wage, qualifications and whatever you feel relevant to the position.
The effect of this is twofold: 1) you get to know what you want to know about the applicant not what their resume wants you to know, and 2) you get rid of the resume chuckers – only people that really want the job and believe they can do the job are going to fill out a fairly lengthy form.
If you still get flooded with potential outsourcees then filter them again. Send them to another form that really drills down on your needs. After that you can be fairly certain that a) the individual really wants the job (half the battle when you’re outsourcing), b) they’re qualified for the job, and c) they’ll do it for a price you can live with. Result!
Further hmp Resources: Tyrone Shum Talks Outsourcing