How Important Is Team Building

As a follow on from my last post I thought this was an appropriate time to reveal the importance of team building.

When you build your team you build your business, that is fact.

imagesIf you have the right team you can do things in your business that you could never dream of. So here is a good point. Don’t always look for the cheapest person. Your goal is to find people who can do things that are outside of your skills or to hire people to do maintenance tasks like customer support so you can focus on moving forward.

You want to develop long-term relationships and grow your business with people who subscribe to your business vision. You want people who are on board with your goals.

How do you know what tasks to outsource? The tasks that are maintenance based like tech support, customer support, book-keeping are all good places to start. Team building is an art & a skill, so handle with care.

 

How To Know If It Is Worth Outsourcing

You want to be consistently focusing on those activities that can raise your hourly rate. Free up your time to do this by delegating and outsourcing activities that need to be done that costs you less than the hourly rate you need to generate.

Here are the main tasks for an online business to outsource

This business process outsource mostly relates to Internet marketing for online businesses.

1st. Get support – support desk

Are you spending all of your time with support when you could be moving your business forward? Yes support is extremely important to business but you can get someone to do this for you. Find someone to do support so you can focus on the actions that make you the most money.

2nd. Admin assistance – management details

These are all examples of the treading water details. You want to move forward and these actions just keep you afloat. Having someone to manage these tasks is not only time effective but it will also allow you to focus on increasing profits.

3rd. Hands on people

Do you have people to physically do actions like creating websites, shipping products, and carrying out all of the manual work? Interns are good for this because many times you can get people for free just so they can learn the business.

4th. Bookkeeper

Keeping up with your booking is very important and in some businesses can be a tremendous task. Find someone to keep up with the books and spend your time moving things forward.

5th. VP right hand guy

Do you have a person who is your right hand man? This type of team member is worth their weight in gold. If you are the owner of the company having another mind on board can be a solid step towards massive growth. The old saying is true “Two Minds Are Better Than One.”

6th. Creative team, copy, audio, video, graphics

Getting people to do creative things like creating your sales copy, audio, videos, and graphics can not only save you time but will also have better results. People who specialize in this can do it better, quicker, and overall make the business run smoother.

Tips On Finding Good Team Members

imagesIf you are looking for virtual assistance resume sites are better than freelancing sites. Why?

Direct to worker is better than bidding jobs. Freelancing is a job by job type of worker and you want one person you can have a long-term relationship with.

You can find specialists by going to online forums and finding people there. This is a little known trick that can turn up some high quality workers.

Once you find a good worker you can ask them for referrals. You can ask about hiring family members perhaps and gain long-term loyalty.

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Business Process Outsource Team

Learn project management skills. The truth is that most entrepreneurs are managing projects without any real project management skills. A recipe for disaster.

You need to know exactly what you need. Then you want to find out what qualifications are required to fill this position. Your going to find a person for the job that is best fit to fill the position. For your staff you need to be very clear about what you want.

Let team members contribute ideas. Everybody wants so feel important and needed. The best mindset to have is that they are part of your team. They are not robots.

You also want to reward your team members by giving them bonuses, higher payment, buy them gifts and overall appreciate them.

Communication is very important as well. Be as specific as possible, it will cost less and it will get done faster. If you can record videos for virtual assistants instead of writing emails this can improve communication on a very high level. You also want them to communicate to you telling you things like what they did today, what problems they ran into and how you can help them.

When they run into problems simply teach them how to do it.

Weed Out People Who Don’t Fit In From The Beginning

You know where you business is headed and in what ways you want to grow. Make sure that your team members are on board with your vision before they even join the team. When you interview potential outsources make sure they subscribe to the vision and genuinely want to work towards your end goal.

If you are looking for a virtual assistance for your business process outsource you want to give them a difficult first task that pertains to what you hired them for. Perhaps you want someone to build websites for you. You could have them set up a blog, change the theme and make a first post. For someone who knows nothing about this that is very hard. Just make sure you give them the training to do it.

If you don’t know what to have people do just give recurring tasks. Is there a certain operation that needs to be done over and over that gives lasting growth? Have your team members do this.

For virtual assistance I like to go to a resume site then send a message to people who fit with my criteria & qualifications with something like this;

Hello,

This is a simple task for the right person. I’m looking for a person with internet marketing skills and a great attitude.

My ideal candidate will have excellent English language skills.

I am looking to hire someone who will work on getting traffic to my websites. To start off with you will use;

1.Forum Marketing. You will post 10-15 comments on discussions on 3 different forums a day (for a total of 30-45) as well as create 1-2 new discussion threads on each forum. The new discussion threads will be relative to what other popular threads are talking about. All new discussion threads and
comments will provide value to the discussion as well as help people with what they need.

You will be responsible to find forums, create accounts, as well as adding a forum signature that will point back to specific pages in niches such as forex, internet marketing, diabetes, and weight loss. You will also be required to talk about these topics in the forums. Training and content to help with things to talk about are provided.

2.Yahoo Answers. You will be required to answer 20 questions per day on yahoo answers on topics such as forex and weight loss. You will add links to websites in 30%-40% of the questions you answer. All answers will be helpful. Training and content to help with things to talk about are provided.

I am mainly looking for ways to get traffic to my websites. If you have experience with traffic generation techniques please suggest what you have done in the past or what you are good at and we can create a project around your skills.

You must include the word YES in your response at the top of your response letter. If you do not your application will be denied.

This is fun and enjoyable. Do not bid unless you enjoy this type of work.

I expect communication updates every day and your bonus depends on the updates and the quality of your work.

I do a few things in this that I want to mention. First off I set the tone by making sure that only people who like this work will respond. Also I ask for a reply with the word YES at the top of the email or it will be denied. I do this to make sure that they can follow directions. If they don’t I will deny their application.

I recommend you do the same but just alter the template to your requirements.

How Idiots Target Success (H.I.T.S.)

Here is a question for you; how do you target success as an Internet Marketer?

For a lot of people it’s how much traffic you get to your website, blog, squeeze page, opt in form, and the number of followers you have on your social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Stumbleupon ect, ect, the list goes on.

But have you ever stopped to think about what I am about to say? “HITS are the lifeblood of yours and any other business, especially an Online Business”, True or False?

Well, controversially it is FALSE!

At the end of the day, it is NOT how many followers you have, how many visits your sales page has had and not necessarily how many people sign-up to your Aweber list. It is also not about the amount of articles you have written either. HITS stands for, “How Idiots Target Success”.

Of course I could be wrong especially if your bank account says so; if it is healthy then congratulations this report is not for you because you have found the holy grail of Internet Marketing success. That is “QUALITY”.

The quality of your traffic is very important, that goes without saying as does the quality of people on your list of followers. A website or blog could get loads of traffic, but if it does not convert into sales then it is pointless surely. Your site should be monetised correctly, have internal and external backlinks and be well optimised with seo. In order to get a lead to stay on your site in the first place it should be inviting, eye catching and interesting. More to the point be what they are looking for!

When building any internet marketing business quality is the key to success. The quality of your traffic, the quality of your followers, articles, & blog posts is the most powerful thing to get right from word go.

Children in the Home Business Environment

Operating a home business is seldom easy and interruptions come
in all shapes, sizes and forms.

Between the family, friends and neighbours who call or come by,
and the telemarketers who insist on ringing your number off the
hook, getting through the workday can be a real challenge.

When you introduce children into the home office environment,
your productivity and patience can be seriously tested.

For example, right now my three-year old daughter is pulling on
my shirt and begging me to read her a story. Clearly, Im in the
middle of something important here, but how can I say no to
those eyes? Ill be right back…

Ok, that wasnt so bad was it? Shes happy, Im happy (having
bonded with my daughter) and now Im back to continue my
conversation with you 🙂 Whats the lesson here? Flexibility
is a major key to balancing your home business priorities with
your familys needs.

I can tell you from first-hand experience that maintaining a
deep level of concentration on work in a home business for long
periods of time is next to impossible. Naptime does offer some
reprieve, but any break from the kids is usually short lived.

Even with older children, summertime introduces new challenges
with kids running in and out of the house all throughout the day.

I would like to share with you some of the tips I have
discovered to help manage your home office with children in your
midst. Since children of different ages pose different
challenges, I will present my tips in terms of age groups.

OLDER CHILDREN AND TEENS

We will look at older children first since they pose the least
challenge to our work productivity.

Children, who are old enough to understand the idea of schedules
and chores, are old enough to understand the needs of your home
business. Explain to your children that you do your work at home
so that you can be near them when they need you. But also be
sure they understand that you must do your work so that you will
have the money necessary to keep your house, feed the family and
to provide them with money for entertainment.

Once your children understand the necessity of your work, then
outline a work schedule and explain it to them. Do make sure
they understand that emergencies are definitely an acceptable
reason to interrupt your work. Then make sure they understand
that between hours x and y, you will be doing work — and then
hold them to respecting your schedule.

INFANTS

Infants will never understand your needs for work. But
fortunately, babies do well under a schedule or routine. Instead
of expecting your child to work around your schedule, schedule
your work around the needs of your baby.

It is simple. Babies eat, sleep and poop. Sometimes they play.
Fortunately, babies sleep more than they do anything else.

Naptime offers the best advantage for getting your work done.
Get your baby into a routine of eat, sleep and play, and you
will experience unexpected levels of productivity.

TODDLERS

If you have a toddler running around the house while you are
operating your home business, then you may find that your hair
turning gray or disappearing altogether. But, gray hair is a
sign of character, right. 😉

I am venturing to guess that the person who devised the door
lock for the inside of the house did so because he had toddlers
in his own home. Inside door locks should only be utilized when
you are making that important phone call and your toddler is
screaming for your attention. At all other times, your door
should remain unlocked with your door open.

Develop a routine with your children for meal times, naptimes,
and play times. Work these times into your work schedule and
adhere to them. If you fail to keep appointments with your
children, your children will have less respect for your work and
do more to prevent you from the completion of your work.

Don’t be afraid to let your children sit in your lap while you
are working. It helps them to feel wanted and it helps them to
be a part of your daily life. There are times when it is okay
for them to be sitting in your lap while you work, and at other
times you need them out of your lap. Don’t be afraid to tell
them to get down and go play or read a book so that you can
resume your work.

Permit your children to have their toys in your office. Often
they will sit contently and play while you work. Just knowing
you are near is enough to keep them happy.

Be prepared to take an hourly break to deal with your toddler.
Try to do potty breaks at your hourly break and to do drink
refills. This can help your child grow into a routine that will
work well with your home business. At each break, spend a few
minutes with your child giving hugs and kisses and talking with
your child about what he or she wants to talk about.

Toddlers don’t always do well with the routine, so be prepared
to take a few minutes when needed to give the attention that
your child so desperately needs in the moment.

IN CONCLUSION

I hope these tips serve to help you in the challenge of
operating a successful home business.

My home business permits me to fulfill my financial obligations
*AND* see my children grow up. I would never contemplate trading
my home business for another kind of business. Even with the
added challenges of dealing with toddlers in my home office, the
upsides far outweigh the downsides.

Growing my own home business with children around has definitely
given me a new respect for all people who successfully run a
home business with kids in the work environment. I tip my hat to
you… You deserve it!

Procrastination

Do you put off your work for later, only to find your deadlines steadily creeping in? Then you, my friend, are one of the millions of people afflicted by the procrastination virus.

Procrastination is the biggest reason for loss of productivity and late output. Though many would not admit it, they would benefit greatly if they start their work on time.

For many people, putting off their work for later is more habit than desire. It can be so hard to get into a groove where starting your tasks in a timely fashion is a priority, especially if the consequences for being late are things that one can probably bear.

If you are one of these people, yet you desire to shake off your propensity for procrastination, then you have come to the right place. Here are a few tips to help you overcome this dilemma and become a more productive and reliable person.

1. Set schedules – It is very important that you have a list of activities to accomplish per day. This will help you realistically budget your time and resources. One of the cardinal sins people commit in regards to performing their tasks is to put off their work because they feel like there is so much time left. A journal, organizer, or calendar of events will help you plan and schedule your task so that you can start them promptly and finish them on time.

2. Save the Vacation for Later – Many people put their work off for later saying, “I’ll just have a little fun then buckle down to work later.” While it may be true that they may have more than enough time to accomplish their tasks, it would be better if they finished their work first and relax afterwards.

Wouldn’t relaxation be sweeter if it were after a taxing job? If you choose to lay back and relax before doing your tasks, you will be more prone to burnout and will have nothing exciting left to look forward to after accomplishing a task. It is always better to have slack period AFTER a job than before one, especially considering that people are wont to overusing their slack time. This is suicide if you are heading towards a deadline.

3. Never Underestimate Your Tasks – Sometimes procrastination sets in because people underestimate the resources, difficulty, and time spent for a particular task. They will usually say, “It’s just mowing the lawn, its easy; I could do it in a jiffy.” The problem is, no matter how trivial the task, it still takes time and resources to accomplish. If you underestimate a task, you will most likely set too little time to do it and schedule it too close to its deadline.

4. Don’t Allow Yourself to Get Comfortable Doing Nothing – It would definitely help if you kept a subconscious alarm whenever you are doing nothing. Get this alarm to remind you of things that may need to be done. This will help you foster the notion that jobs accomplished now means more time for relaxation later. However, even if this is the case, do not forget to put ample time in for rest and to remove all thoughts of troubles before hitting the sack. The trick here, however, is not to overdo you rest. There is a difference between resting and idling. Always set the right amount of time for rest and stick to that schedule.