The Best Thing You’ve Delegated?

trainingI get the same question a lot: what is the difference between subcontracting and outsourcing? There is truly a big difference between them. When you outsource, you’re paying someone to do your own business tasks. Subcontracting, however, involves team members who work on your client’s projects and tasks. So, an outsourced employee is working for you, whereas a subcontractor is essentially working for your client. Both have their place in a business. Subcontracting offers a lot, though, in its flexibility and options.
In the last couple months, I’ve been frequenting forums centered on my niche. I’ve connected with two other members recently who decided they were ready to subcontract. While they knew they wanted the help, they weren’t quite sure which tasks they needed it for. So, we got on the phone and laid out a plan together. We used a project management tool called Asana that I like – but recently I was introduced to Trello and I’m interested in continuing to use it in the future.
We needed to literally create a map. First, I had them ask themselves, “What tasks do I need to accomplish regularly? Which of those don’t necessarily bring in income?” Then, we had to choose five tasks that either they didn’t like to do or that were too time-consuming. The point was to free up time and energy to focus on growing their business overall, and delegate the smaller tasks to a competent subcontractor. Now with a plan that covered their needs start-to-finish, I had them look at the big picture and see what they could start to subcontractor.
That’s the point: start small and slow. It’s okay for it to take time, while building experience and learning how to manage it all. And then you don’t need to be concerned with it taking all your income initially. Besides, over time you will begin to see how subcontracting increases your revenue!
One thing I’ve delegated that has been amazing for my business is writing. I use a ghostwriter, Rachelle Wells, because I found I wasn’t being consistent with my content. This was because I didn’t really care for it, and didn’t have the skills to be a good writer. It’s been a godsend. I have more time now to focus on the bigger picture. How about you? What tasks have you delegated – or what tasks would you like to delegate to a subcontractor?

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Raising Your Biz To The Next Level With Subcontracting: Virtual Team 360 – 008

Nanette InEssenceNanette Thelemaque is the owner of InEssence Virtual Assistance. Nanette established her company in 2013 with a desire to flex her skill sets and give much needed support to business owners, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and busy professionals.

Nanette’s passion is helping people move forward with their business and/or marketing plan. She has a talent for helping people cut through all the noise and just do the things that matter. And for people who don’t have the time or interest to do it for themselves, Nanette and her team does it for them.

Nanette carved a career for herself in sales and marketing for small start-up technology companies during the first internet boom of the mid 90s in Boston. After the dot-com collapse she found work in the marketing department of a publishing company, and while there discovered her love for graphic design. She combined that love with her love of technology and her sales and marketing background when she started her company.

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Mother & Daughter Subcontract: Virtual Team 360 – 007

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Sought After Expert

Sought After Virtual AssistantIn the spring it will be the nine-year anniversary of starting my business, and it
has me thinking about how far I’ve come. Like any other business, it’s taken
time to get out of the red and into the black. Most businesses stay in the red for
three years at least. The same can be said for networking and becoming known
as a valuable service provider.

Many years ago, I decided to be as involved with networking as possible. At the
same time, I kept my attention on a few main networks. In this way, I zoned in
on the people I was building relationships with. Networking takes time and
effort, and sticking to a few of them keeps that process simple and more
effective in the long run.

The three primary platforms I benefit from are VA Networking, LinkedIn, and
Twitter. Recently, a lot of people have been viewing my LinkedIn profile,
recognizing me as a sought-after provider, and asking me more questions. The
experience has been amazing!

Now that I can reflect on what’s brought me to this point, I can share my
advice with you. Focus on your networking but keep it minimal at the same
time. Don’t join so many that you spread yourself too thin and can’t truly
concentrate on the individual people. You’re building connections, using
personal attention. It’s better to be a great asset in a couple networks than be
barely heard or known in many of them.

I’ve discussed in previous articles how vital it is to have an accountability
partner. I connected with mine through VA Networking, and it’s a big reason I
enjoy interacting there. That’s where my audience is. You need to be where
your audience is. A web designer, or a manufacturer, wouldn’t benefit from VA
Networking. They would need to find their own appropriate network. Don’t
just go where everyone else goes. Facebook works well for many people, but
I’ve never had much luck there. With Twitter, however, I’m starting to make
more connections. Again, be sure the ones you choose relate to the purpose of
your business.

It’s pretty cool when you realize you’re becoming known in your industry! Are
you becoming known? What are you sought after for? Feel free to share your
comments!

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Subcontracting Leader That Empowers: Virtual Team 360 – 006

TAMMYS OFFICE SOLUTIONS has years of experience providing professional reliable office support for small to mid-size businesses Mid-Atlantic Region & throughout the United States. Located right outside of the Richmond, Virginia area, yet are able to provide virtual business services worldwide. They specialize in assisting businesses and professionals with a variety of business services, including Virtual Administration, Social Media, Bookkeeping, Customer Service Support & more!  We provide excellent virtual services, while empowering disabled professionals to work.

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Communication Strategies To Grow: Virtual Team 360 Podcast – 005

Eden Spodek LogoAs a digital communications and social media marketing strategist, Eden works with startups, agencies and top-tier companies, helping them cut through the online noise and create programs that are engaging, inspired and different. She believes in the power of online conversations and experiences, and how they can challenge people’s perceptions of brands.

With 25 years of communications experience, including 20 years in digital, Eden has a knack for integrating online campaigns into overall marketing plans in a way that is seamless, smart and strategic. From concept to execution to monitoring and measurement, Eden helps companies develop programs that transform brands, build relationships and grow businesses.

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Know, Like & Trust Factor

business-1049272_640In the spring it will be the nine-year anniversary of starting my business, and it has me thinking about how far I’ve come. Like any other business, it’s taken time to get out of the red and into the black. Most businesses stay in the red for three years at least. The same can be said for networking and becoming known as a valuable service provider.

Many years ago, I decided to be as involved with networking as possible. At the same time, I kept my attention on a few main networks. In this way, I zoned in on the people I was building relationships with. Networking takes time and effort, and sticking to a few of them keeps that process simple and more effective in the long run.

The three primary platforms I benefit from are VA Networking, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Recently, a lot of people have been viewing my LinkedIn profile, recognizing me as a sought-after provider, and asking me more questions. The experience has been amazing!

Now that I can reflect on what’s brought me to this point, I can share my advice with you. Focus on your networking but keep it minimal at the same time. Don’t join so many that you spread yourself too thin and can’t truly concentrate on the individual people. You’re building connections, using personal attention. It’s better to be a great asset in a couple networks than be barely heard or known in many of them.

I’ve discussed in previous articles how vital it is to have an accountability partner. I connected with mine through VA Networking, and it’s a big reason I enjoy interacting there. That’s where my audience is. You need to be where your audience is. A web designer, or a manufacturer, wouldn’t benefit from VA Networking. They would need to find their own appropriate network. Don’t just go where everyone else goes. Facebook works well for many people, but I’ve never had much luck there. With Twitter, however, I’m starting to make more connections. Again, be sure the ones you choose relate to the purpose of your business.

It’s pretty cool when you realize you’re becoming known in your industry! Are you becoming known? What are you sought after for? Feel free to share your comments!

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Team Creating More Than Just a Website: Virtual Team 360-004

MaAnna Stephenson is a geek who can still speak in plain English and helps non-geeks create sites that get noticed by search engines and readers, are secure, plus convert, and perform well.

As an old coder, she  enjoys keeping on top of site security and performance. And  delights in hearing the relief in a site owner’s voice when they put her qualified set of eyes on their site to make it safe and running at max with a Site Audit.

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Lost My Mojo On A Roller Coaster

abendstimmung-937403_640I just returned from my trip to Disney World and the time I spent with my family was wonderful! It was especially nice connecting with my two teenagers and how they still appreciate being with their parents. During my time away, I tried to soak in the memories and enjoy things in the moment. It was a great trip that I’ll treasure, and I’m glad that my business helped make it possible.

Speaking of, now it’s time to get back to business! As I’m trying to adjust and get back into the swing of things, I’m realizing that I am still on a roller coaster. It takes time to establish a routine and to create processes that keep things running smoothly. I want my business to be run as efficiently as possible, something I’m sure that the rest of you want as well. I do apologize that I haven’t kept up on my blog posts the way I want to. I’m getting there!

So, for the next few weeks I’ll be focusing on one goal. I’ve always been very goal-oriented. It keeps me focused and motivated. It’s so important to set up something I can look forward to. I’m taking my time deciding what the right goal is. It needs to be within my reach, but not too easy to attain. The challenge is vital. I encourage you to do the same. Brainstorm ideas, write down several goals, then choose a small one to start with. Work your way up from there. Even though we have big ideas for our businesses, we have to be willing to take small steps. Patience and consistency is key.

Success is not about how much money you make. It’s about deciding what you want from your business, setting goals, achieving them, and being able to say you reached exactly what you wanted to. You’ll gain momentum from the sense of pride you feel.

Now I want to ask for help in getting off the roller coaster. Together, we can figure out how to become more effective. I’ll be here, continuing to help you grow your service business with subcontracting. As always, I want to hear from you. Leave a note or send an email if there’s something in particular you want to hear about, whether it’s contract pay, the bidding process, how to find projects, useful tools, etc. I appreciate your feedback. Send me a message at info@savvysubcontracting.com. I look forward to connecting with you!

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GMR Transcription – Virtual Team 360 -003

Virtual GMR TranscriptionAjay Prasad is a serial entrepreneur, successful business strategist and an adept marketing expert who before laying the foundation of his various successful entrepreneurial ventures, served organizations ranked among the top 10 of Fortune 500 companies. His areas of expertise include marketing management, business development, consumer research, market analysis and strategic planning within industries such as consumer electronics, GPS-based navigation systems, enterprise software and consumer marketing.

The founder and president of GMR Web Team – a leading Orange County digital marketing agency dedicated to helping businesses maximize revenue from the Internet – Ajay also owns and operates GMR Transcription, a seven-figure web-based business and award-winning transcription and translation company which he founded in 2004 to fill a void in affordable and accurate transcription and translation services for writers, students, professors and businesses. In the short span of a decade, the company has expanded its reach to include government institutions and non-profit organizations and has become a trusted partner to more than 9,000 clients across the globe.

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