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Outsourcing, Know Your Limits

Are you an entrepreneur who has been trying to do it all yourself to save yourself a little money? In today’s tough economy most of us feel like we are in the same boat. There’s just not enough time or money to get everything done. If that is not a problem for you, perhaps it is that you just don’t know how to do something that is critical to your ongoing success.

Are you a hands on entrepreneur? Do you attempt to learn every new technique that comes out? Maybe your issue is Search Engine Optimization (SEO) or even knowing where to start putting together a website at all. Whatever your dilemma, at some point you either have or will begin to feel like you needed some direction or help. Are you taking too much time away from your ‘first love’ and not gaining ground. If so, take a step back and evaluate where you have come from and where you want to go.

So, how do you know when it is time to consider outsourcing? Outsource when you:

  1. Are frustrated
  2. Want it done better
  3. Need it done faster
  4. Want to take your business to the next level

There are definitely people out there that can ease your burden who have a whole lot of expertise in numerous studies. Perhaps you hate doing the tedious chores necessary to make your business thrive. Or could it be marketing as a whole that you deplore? Your time is better spent doing your key task of your business. When you are forced to do things you don’t enjoy you won’t do them well. Alternatively, when you have to learn something else that isn’t your main focus, you loose valuable time growing your business.

Let’s look at these reasons through the eyes of, say, a candle representative.

You are trying to learn how to design a graphic or create a video to add to your website but you just can’t get it together? After all, you sell candles. You love doing those house parties. But you have no clue where to begin or how to use the graphics or video editing software. Halfway through the project you begin to realize you can’t get things to work as easily as the ad said you could. You begin to get frustrated to the point you are ready to quit altogether. You know that your business could benefit if you could just get it done. Hire a videographer or graphic designer. They can most likely do the task efficiently and beautifully in less than half the time it took you to decide to seek help.

Did you see all the reasons that our candle rep would consider it time to outsource?

There graphic design, videographers, coaches and experts in SEO, marketing, blogging, and speaking, and there are also virtual assistants (Vas) that are eager and willing to help you. If you don’t know where to begin, ask a friend or trusted colleague if they know somebody that they would or are using.

Learning to delegate is part of the process of growing your business. A word of advice, don’t micromanage. Delegate and let them do their job. They know what it takes to get it done and your input, past the original delegation and instruction, will frustrate you and them. Even worse, it could make the end result your quality instead of a professional’s work.

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Ginger Marks is the founder of DocUmeant, a family of Publishing and Design companies. For more information, visit DocUmeant Designs and DocUmeant Publishing Mrs. Marks has recently released her third edition of Presentational Skills for the Next Generation; and her third annual eBook edition of her Weird & Wacky Holiday Marketing Guide is also available through her website. She also offers insight into marketing solutions through her ezine, Words of Wisdom, available through her websites.

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Announcement: Another Super Work At Home Event

Those of us who work from home have few really fantastic opportunities to attend seminars. With this thought in mind Tammy Munson and Wendy Cooper of BusinessandLearning.com have brought together the best of the best in their bi-annual event The WAH Expo.

Join them at this week long event. Here’s the link. http://businessandlearning.com/

See you all there!

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WINning Sisters Spring Fling 2008 Breaking All Records

WINning Sisters logoSpring Fling 2008 – An Open To All event

Date: May 19, 2008

Time: 5 – 10 p.m. EST

Join us for this over-the-top, fun-filled, event.

Networking, Games, Prizes with Special Guest Speaker

Almost $3,000 worth of valuable prizes to give away and a dynamic guest speaker!

GINA MARIE MANGIAMELE, Small Business Resource Specialist

Pop in and take a peek at the sponsor prize donations. See what YOU could WIN at: http://www.WINningSisters.org

Get your Ad Quilt ad and take advantage of the increased unique visitors as we promote through press releases, article marketing, pings and blog postings.

You don’t want to miss this one! Mark your calendar and join us. Stay tuned for the venue posting.

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Repetition Blindness

The other day while searching for an unrelated file I ran across an article with this title that I had written long ago. It was all about editing and why you should have someone else do at least your final look see before calling any piece done. Seeing that, got me to thinking.

How blinded are we in other areas of our lives? As days evolve into weeks and weeks into months and … well you get the picture, what are we doing so habitually that keeps us from seeing how to break out of the cycle? What are we missing? Are we blinded by our habits or are we such creatures of them that we miss opportunities that could spur us on to new heights?

Read more of my thoughts on this subject in this months Words of Wisdom ezine. Not a subscriber? It’s easy to sign up and f*ree! Sign up here: http://www.DocUmeant.net look for the sign up box on the lower left side of my home page.

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“Hot Room” Technology Makes International Networking Event Explode

Top Internet Marketers from around the world will meet for the second annual Audio/Video virtual networking mixer on October 22, 2007. The virtual meeting room holds over 100 and the founders expect a record turn out. All serious Internet Marketers are welcome to attend.

October 5, 2007. Top Internet Marketers from around the world are gathering for the WINning Sisters’ bi-annual virtual networking mixer slated to take place October 22, 2007 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time at http://www.businessandlearning.com/expo in the Hot Conference room owned by Tammy Munson of Business and Learning.

Every day thousands of entrepreneurial minded people start businesses and each year nearly 40% of those businesses will fail. The secret of those that thrive: Become a “real” business owner, not a hobbyist that plays “store”.

The host of this event is the WINning Sisters of RYZE, founded by Ginger Marks of Clearwater, Florida. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to the success of others in business and relationships within the online business network and beyond. The Sisters are an offshoot of the Ryze’s Women In Networking Group (WIN), owned by Leslie Freude, with over 1,660 members. Today, the program hosts over 150 members worldwide, and their numbers are growing daily. All serious Internet Marketers are welcome to attend their Fall F.L.I.N.G. (Fabulous, Lively, Innovative, Networking Gala!) whether male or female, young or old.

Among the scheduled events will be an informative presentation given by feature speaker Sally Rogers, owner and founder of www.SisterWoman.com an international online network base for women entrepreneurs. Her topic will be Lost and Found: Finding Your Way Back to You After Kids and Marriage. Over $1,500 in door prizes and games with valuable gifts will keep things energetic and upbeat. The Grand Prize is a three month advertising package donated by Rima McDonald of Women’s Online Magazine (WOM), http://www.womensonlinemagazine.com/. Their online audience on a monthly basis consist of more than 10,000 women from the age of 30 to 55 years, around the world.

“Our First FLING event was held in a simple text chat room environment and we had an outstanding turnout. With the incorporation of the “Hot Room” technology that the A/V environment allows I look forward to an even larger group of professionals for this and each successive event,” says Ginger Marks of DocUmeant.net. Marks adds, “Every day thousands of entrepreneurial minded people start businesses and according to the Small Business Association within six years 94% of those businesses will fail. The Internet now allows these small business owners a greater chance for success by expanding their potential market to a worldwide audience through the online networking venue.”

For more information on the Fall F.L.I.N.G. Chat

email Ginger Marks at founder .at. winningsisters.org

or visit the website at http://www.winningsisters.org

Press contact:
Ginger
Marks
727-446-2217

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