Given all its benefits, outsourcing is a no-brainer. But its success is also dependent on how strategic you are in finding the right partner to team up with.
There’s more to successful outsourcing than finding the cheapest option. It’s high effort to get someone else to do the important work effectively.
Hiring, training, and managing freelancers, virtual assistants, or offshore teams can be a bigger energy sink than doing the work yourself. And ultimately, if your solution requires giving detailed instructions and fixing poorly done work, it’s not worth your time.
The key to effective delegation is getting out of the cheaper is better mentality. The best outsourcing solutions have a strong human touch and work by your side to support your vision. This is why the extended team model is the most effective for medium to long-term collaboration.
Here are some of our best strategies to make the most of the delegation process.
Set clear expectations and guidelines
Setting clear expectations on what you want the results to be will give your extended team a clear picture of what to aim for. For example, if you need a helping hand finding targeted B2B leads, make sure to clarify what the target profile is, as well as any exclusion criteria.
Give consistent feedback and clarify the next steps
For maximum accuracy and satisfaction give your extended team consistent feedback on the results you’re getting. Think of it as giving feedback to your own team members and watch the results getting more and more tailored to your business.
Relay important information beforehand
An extended team can finish work for you 24/7. Take advantage of their remote assistance by relaying all essential information before you delegate new tasks. Especially during the first projects, before the extended team has learned your inner processes, give clear and comprehensive instructions. This way, you’ll save time, minimize errors and unnecessary back-and-forth, and give the team the chance to complete the tasks to your complete satisfaction.
As we’ve seen, not all outsourcing solutions are created equal. In fact, some can be downright detrimental to your business' success. An extended team has significant benefits for medium to long-term collaborations. They will learn your inner processes, master your business nuances, and become more efficient over time.