Why Go For Outsourcing?

Outsourcing Can Benefit Your business

Outsourcing has grown in popularity in the last couple of years. For a long time, it was something that was the sole preserve of companies who had specific funds for paying outside contractors to do things that were outside their skill sets – for example if a company specialized in one field, such as sales and marketing, they would outsource things such as cleaning and IT solutions. However, among other things, the Internet has now made it more possible than ever to run a business from your home as an individual. In addition, with all business people aware of the old maxim, “time is money”, there are more and more things that the individual has found can be best addressed by outsourcing.

Outsourcing itself covers a very broad range of services that are best divided into two sections: Business and Non-Business needs. The difference between the two sections is more or less self-explanatory. Suffice it to say that Business needs are things connected specifically with the service that you, the business owner, requires in order to keep the business running – these include such things as web design, accounts and sourcing required items and services. Non-Business needs are more connected with personal or household tasks that take time that could be used to deliver what is required from you by your customers. This includes things such as cleaning and other essential chores.

There are very few tasks that cannot be outsourced in this day and age. As a business owner, it is for you to decide whether outsourcing is something that you wish to practice. In order to make this decision it is worth auditing what your daily routine involves, where you can make changes and where you wish to make them. If you feel that you are best served by having all your time free to concentrate on delivering what is required of your business, the chances are that you would be best outsourcing as much as you feel comfortable with. You probably do not much enjoy cleaning and tidying, for example. And depending on your arrangements you can end up spending a couple of hours a week at the task, which in turn can lead to lost opportunities to build and serve a customer base. Therefore, you should then ask yourself whether that task is a productive use of your time. If the answer is “no”, then you can look to outsource your cleaning to a specialist.

Business needs are, if anything, more crucial. If your specialist area is – taking an example – accountancy, then there is every chance that you are not the world’s best web designer. Nevertheless, an attractive, easily navigable website with user-friendly interface is more or less essential for an individual businessperson. In this case, handing over the task of designing a website makes all the sense in the world. It won’t come cheap if you are using a top designer, but if you cost the process based on how much business a good website will send your way (generally a very large amount), then it can pay for itself several times over.

Jobs That Will Be Obsolete In The Future

Will Your Job Survive In The Future?

First Published: Nov 26, 2013 EntrepreneurJourney.com

A report recently published by the Canadian employment website Workopolis looks at some jobs
that will not exist in ten years. Technological advancement and widespread availability of the  
Internet will make these jobs a thing of the past in the future as people will not be needing
anyone to provide these services anymore.

Here are the ten jobs that will vanish:

- Social media expert

- Taxi dispatcher

- Toll both operator

- Retail cashier

- Word processor or typist

- Switchboard operator

- Photo finisher

- Video store clerk

- Print journalist

Source: Workopolis

Also, according to Workopolis, here are the top five fast growing and fast decline jobs:

Fast Growing Jobs

- Financial advisor

- Financial service representative

- Field sales representative

- Sales associate

- Social worker

Fast Declining Jobs

- People greeter

- Photo lab associate

- Head cashier

- Data entry clerk

- Courier

Source: Workopolis

The study by Workopolis mentions that as people will rely more on smartphone apps to call taxi, 
taxi dispatcher jobs will be no longer required at some point. However, people still like to interact, 
buy, or get help from real persons and jobs like financial advisors/representatives, sales
associates, and social workers will continue to be in demand.

What Motivates Entrepreneurs?

3 Things That Motivate Entrepreneurs

First Published: EntrepreneurJourney.com Mar 9, 2013

Motivation is what makes entrepreneurs think outside the box and come up with bright ideas to change lives. But is there any common denominator that motivates entrepreneurs? There are too many, actually. I will discuss three common motivators that make entrepreneurs break boundaries to make the impossible possible. 

Freedom - As simple as it sounds, entrepreneurs value their independence more than anything else. To come up with new ideas and products, entrepreneurs need to break the rules, and breaking the rules is not possible when you are under someone else’s authority. Behavioral science research and consulting firm Humantelligence research shows that 60 percent of entrepreneurs valued their independence more than anything else. 

Passion - Passion or obsession is one of the most important denominators that make entrepreneurs engaging and keep motivated at a project even if there is no quick solution in sight. You can not be persistent at something if it’s not interesting, challenging, satisfying, and stimulating. And that is only possible when are passionate about what you are doing and you love and enjoy doing it. 

Money - If you look at Forbes The World’s Billionaires list, a high percentage of super-rich persons are entrepreneurs. Some entrepreneurs are motivated by wealth to become financially independent and some entrepreneurs are motivated by wealth to reach the ultra-rich class. So money is another major factor that motivates entrepreneurs. 

A point worth mentioning is that there are many other motivators and they do not equally motivate each entrepreneur, as everyone is different. However, there is one thing that applies equally to all entrepreneurs and that is all entrepreneurs are working hard across the globe to enrich the lives of all of us.

5 Simple Tips To Motivate Employees

Tips To Motivate Employees

First Published: Dec 1, 2012 EntrepreneurJourney.com

We may think money is the number one medium to fire up employees’ motivation; however, the reality may be totally different. Today, I will discuss five simple steps that can make employees motivated and ready to embrace more challenge. 

Personality Matters - If you can bring out happiness, you got motivation automatically. Find out what your employees are passionate about and what they don't like to do. Try to accommodate individuals according their interest and the rest will follow.    

Start A Personal Development Plan - Sit down with your employees and create a personal development plan based on their individuality. As time goes along, monitor how they are performing. Encourage accomplishments - and for those who are not doing well, provide coaching and make necessary adjustments to reach realistic objectives. 

Encourage Growth Opportunities - This isn’t about giving a raise or promotion. Based on your employees’ personality and interest, lead them to a career path they would like better and find more challenging than where they currently are. For example, a different position within the same department or even another position within the same company with a different department. 

Make Employees A Part Of The Company - Profit sharing or bonuses based on the company’s overall annual performance - these or any such tools make employees feel like they are working for their own company and everyone will focus on the company’s profit. 

Don’t Forget Age - Based on age and lifestage, employees will act differently. Young workers tend to change jobs frequently - older workers like to stick to the same company … keeping in mind things like these and assigning projects knowing how age can play a role will motivate the right employees and will make your life a lot easier.

Work at Home Trend Is On The Rise, Even Among Non-Entrepreneurs

Employees Are Catching Up With Entrepreneurs On Working At Home

First Published: May 21, 2012 EntrepreneurJourney.com

In the past, it was thought that working at home was a luxury that could only be afforded by entrepreneurs. However, in the post-industrial economy, a greater numbers of paid employees are choosing to work at home. Due to the availability of technology and the increasing popularity of working at home, more employers are offering the option to work at home than ever before. 

I was looking for some stats to illustrate this trend. The most reliable I was able to find is a publication by Stats Canada made available in 2010. Let’s look at some numbers: 

Self-employed people working at home in 2000 = 1.4 million

Self-employed people working at home in 2008 = 1.8 million

Percentage of the workforce working at home in 2008 = 11.2% 

Percentage of people who are working at home and employees = 48% 

Percentage of people who are working at home and entrepreneurs = 52% 

More university graduates (22%) are working at home than high school graduates (7%). 

More male employees (29%) worked at home than female professionals (19%). 

More self-employed females (67%) are likely to work at home than males (56%). 

City employees are more likely to work at home than those who live outside a city. 

Now, if you are an entrepreneur and already working from home, you are well aware of the advantages of working at home. If you are an employee and would like to work from home, talk to your manager or HR dept. regarding work at home opportunities provided by your company. If you would like to search for work from home jobs, enter these keywords in your search queries: “work at home”, “part time”, “work from home”, and so on.