Can You Afford To Outsource?

November 13th, 2008 Posted in Entrepreneurship|Ideas

Can You Afford To Outsource

How Much You Should Be Spending On Outsourcing

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After writing my first outsourcing article, I have come to realize that there are just simply too many people looking for information on outsourcing. Look on the top right, for instance. You see, the number one all time popular article on ADJ is on outsourcing—and looks like it will stay there for awhile. To answer the many other outsourcing questions you may have, I have decided to write more posts on this subject. Today, I will give you my opinion on how much you should be spending on outsourcing.

If you are willing to spend any amount on outsourcing, you could go ahead and do it but it would not be a good personal financial decision. When I outsource something, monetary value is very important to me and I would not outsource anything unless I am totally satisfied with the money I am spending.

But how do I know I can afford to outsource? I use a very simple formula. First, I look at the whole project in terms of how much time I would spend to do the same thing. Let’s say I would like to outsource the chore of replying to all my emails. I spend 2 hours daily replying to my email. If, for example, my salary is $10 per hour, I would therefore be spending $20 of my time daily replying to email. Now, what’s a reasonable amount for me to spend if someone else is doing it for me? Simple—it has to be lesser than 1/3 of my own cost doing the same thing. In the above email example, I would only outsource if I could find someone willing to look after my email for less than $7 a day.

This is just how I do things and you don’t have to follow my formula step-by-step. Come up with your own figures that make sense for you. One thing you need to keep in mind: there are some projects on which you will not be able to put monetary value by comparing it with your own hourly rate. These projects are those which need to be done regardless of costs, such as redesigning your website, producing a professional-looking eBook from your word document, etc. For these types of projects, I recommend that you post your projects on more than one outsourcing site and pick the one with lowest cost. Read my previous outsource article to obtain a list of outsourcing websites.

I hope today’s article will help you figure out if outsourcing is for you and what you can afford to spend on it. I’ll be writing more on this topic in the future, so keep checking back. Don’t forget to bookmark this site for later use.

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