How do you learn to let go when outsourcing to others?
I have grown my business as far as it can go. I currently outsource on a limited basis. I have found it difficult to let go and let others do their work. No one else seems to be as concerned with deadlines as me. How can I fix this?
I struggle with the same issue. I have spent over a year on a project but I am hesitant to get outside help from someone I don't know. Great question and answers.
You can grow much more when you outsource. The real trick is to develop a sytem of management with performance and othere critical metrics and their reviews so that your focus shifts from doing a task well to managing quality of outcomes of other's tasks.
Outsourcing unleashes unlimited bandwidth and you can grow without capacity constraints as long as you put more rigor in your management system which has early warning alerts and control methods.You can let go when you trust others and when you trust your ability to manage work of others. Keep emotion out. Hope it helps a bit.
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I have myself come out of it hard way, Stephanie. This is what worked for me.
Just set a longer deadline for myself. If something needs 5 days to complete, I would expect it done in 7 days and yet set a deadline of 5 days to the outsourced team.
I planned incentives and bonuses for an early and approved project delivery. This worked very well. was a win win for both.
Had to convince myself to be okay with the quality good enough to deliver decent results, save time and money if not as great as when I do it.
I wish you good luck.
Dear Stephanie, I think it is a two way street. Whilst letting go is obviously difficult and something you must get accustomed to over time; I have found that it is also about the freelancer or enterprise that you outsource to earning your trust. Structuring the outsource process is a great way of ensuring you feel more comfortable with the process. Setting clear deliverable s against which payment is made in set stages is a great way to make you feel more secure and also a way to build trust. Like most relationships if both parties know what to expect from each other it is easier to build trust over time.
You should also try working with different people and in the same way you would check references if you were employing someone you should also confirm references of freelancers.
Unfortunately, it is a trial and error process; however, you have to know what to look for when attempting to outsource work. How organized and responsive are they during the hiring process? Have you checked out their business structure? What makes them want to work with you? And rate of pay, chances are if they have a low price range for their services this can mean two things. Either they are new and don't know how to price their market or this job is just a hobby for them? The second allows them more room not care about the work and your deadlines. I hope this helps!
Think of outsourcing from a managerial type of mindset. You are not "letting go" of the work; instead, you have hired people "in". Put outsourced employees to work for you. Manage the deadlines from your end, and limit your contributions to the part of the work you have hired out. It helps people work better when they know they will get credit for their share of the workload AND that you will not do their part for them. Do not let your client down, but do not put forward outsourced work as acceptable that is not.
Sounds like under performance and time to part ways and get the right people in place. Let me know if you need help in building a profile to hire the right people.
Focus on what makes you money. Let the outsourced resources do what you are paying them to do. If you've vetted them properly you should trust that they can do that you are looking for them to do.