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If you're a solopreneur virtual assistant, the idea of outsourcing may not be one you think you can entertain too long due to budget constraints. How are you going to pay someone to help you when you're making just enough to gain a profit? That hesitation is understandable. You're not making 6 figures a year-and that's totally OK.
When we think of outsourcing, we often associate it with hiring a person to perform a job on an ongoing basis. While this is often involved in outsourcing, that's not the only way to get the help you need.
Outsourcing For One Time Projects
If your budget does not allow you to hire someone to help you on an ongoing basis, would it be possible to get help with a one-time project? Perhaps there's a particular project you've been wanting to do, like finally setting up that sales page for a product you plan to launch. There are so many talented web designers out there. Maybe you can hire someone to take this off your plate and (√) it off your list.
A great place to start looking for designers is Upwork. The advantage of platforms like this is that you can set your budget and receive bids based on that. One thing to note though is if you plan to use a work platform like Upwork, it would be helpful to do your research on the going rate that people charge for your particular project so that when you set your budget, you'll actually receive proposals! It's not often you'll get quality proposals from a project that's way below the average price.
Outsourcing By Purchasing Premade Templates
Do you let out a big sigh when it's time to create social media images because you feel like you don't have the best design skills? Why not purchase Canva templates from a place like Creative Market or Etsy. Canva is an easy-to-use, budget-friendly design tool. Couple that with a beautiful template for under $50 and you're on to something! You can find templates for things like:
Youtube branding packs
Online course slides
And so much more.
The benefit of templates is that they can be customized and reused over and over with minimal work on your part.
Outsourcing Just A Few Hours A Month
So maybe if you could have someone to just help you a couple of hours each month, even that could take a load off. Think it's impossible to find someone who just wants a couple of hours of work? It's not too far-fetched. Once again, you can try a platform like Upwork and put your job post out there and see what sort of proposals you get. Be specific and upfront in your post, letting potential applicants know you only want X amount of hours of support each month. You may find that for a price that's within your budget, you can finally get the help you need.
If you have questions about hiring on Upwork, feel free to contact me. I've worked with many companies over the years sourcing and hiring through Upwork and can offer insight.
Outsourcing Is Possible If You're A Solopreneur
Outsourcing doesn't have to make you need to get another client just to pay someone! It also doesn't have to fall into the lines of its traditional definition. As a solopreneur, it is possible to get support even while juggling all the hats.