Ways To Enrich Your Career

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We all want to do well in life: whether that be in the traditional sense of getting married, buying a house and having children, or getting ahead in our careers. For many, a career is much more than just a way to make some extra income for their family; it’s a way of life. People choose jobs that they love, because they love to be doing a job and adding some value to society. We all want to be able to work at a place we care about doing something we love, and make the world that bit better in the process.

But how do you go about enriching your career? You might feel like you’ve hit the dreaded wall and cannot progress past the point you are at right now, but that isn’t the case at all. There are plenty of ways that you can make the most out of your job and make it work for you. Here are a few ways to improve and enrich your career this week.

Prioritize Your Tasks

The first step in improving the way you work is to learn how to manage your time in the most efficient way. If you have 10 tasks that need doing each day, make sure that you write them down in order of priority so that you do the most important things in the morning when you are fresh minded and have more time. It will mean that you won’t waste a huge chunk of your workday doing menial tasks which really aren’t that important.

Talk To Your Boss

Find out what your boss would prefer you to spend your time doing each day in order to make the most out of your working hours. It may also be useful to discuss different ways of completing certain tasks and exploring whether you could half the time it takes you to complete something specific.

If you feel like you aren’t progressing, talk to your manager and share your concerns. The likely outcome will be that your boss will offer you some sort of training or extra duties to broaden your knowledge and experience. This could open up doors for you in the future too and mean that you are able to climb up the career ladder or explore new avenues later down the line.

Find Ways To Automate Tasks

If you find that you spend half of your day just importing data into a spreadsheet to make a report, you might want to look into ways that this task can be completed automatically by using a piece of software, saving you from spending hours doing one thing, and freeing up time for other ventures.

There are often some great software applications that can handle things such as reporting, data input and even accounting to free up your time to focus on much more important tasks. By finding ways to automate tasks for the whole company, it will mean that you along with your team will be able to branch out into new areas and carry out more of the work that you love.

Enrich Yourself

Enriching your career isn’t just about what you do in the working day- it is also about going the extra mile with the rest of your life. To really push yourself in your life you can start a side project at home or even go on a course to widen your knowledge within your industry. It will not only be a great experience for you, but it will also open a lot of doors in your career path.

Alternatively, if you want to really challenge yourself and go above and beyond, you can take a few months out of work to travel. Travel not only broadens the mind and the soul, but it can also give you chance to see what it is that you really want in life. You could go and volunteer with endangered animals for a while and do some conservation work, or you could even go to a third world country and help give aid to poverty stricken people. There are always people in foreign countries who wish to learn English, so why not use your knowledge of your mother tongue and teach English to a group of children or foreign nationals? It will not only give you a lovely experience living and working in another culture, but you will bring back with you public speaking skills which are invaluable in any career path you want to explore.

Outsourcing 101: Everything You Need to Know

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An increasing number of businesses are choosing to outsource today. As businesses grow, owners delegate certain tasks to external professionals to help them get ahead. If you are at this stage at your business, you may be searching for a bit more information about the outsourcing process and what to outsource. This post reveals everything you need to know.

What is outsourcing?

Outsourcing is a rather broad term. In general, it means assigning a task that would typically be performed in-house to a firm or individual outside your own office. Outsourcing can take many different forms, including the following:

  • Using online services for one-off tasks
  • Using work-from-home contractors and virtual assistants
  • Working with an agency to help you locate the best outsource contractors
  • Contracting with outsourcing firms that provide a wide selection of services
  • Hiring speciality independent contractors to perform tasks that your current staff do not cover

There are no restrictions regarding the tasks that can be outsourced. Everything from social media marketing and technical support to human resources (HR) and accounting can be outsourced.

What are the benefits of outsourcing?

There are many benefits associated with outsourcing, so long as you go about it in the correct manner. This includes the following:

  • Cost savings – One of the main reasons why a lot of business owners outsource is to save money. This is because you pay for what you need when outsourcing, which can sometimes be cheaper than the cost of taking on new staff or training your existing employees.
  • A specialist service – You can take advantage of expert knowledge to ensure a task is carried out to the highest standard. If you run a pet store, for example, it makes sense to outsource your marketing to a firm or individual that has the specialist skills to give your pet store greater visibility and attract more customers.
  • Develop internal staff – Rather than your staff focusing on tasks that do not fall within their specialism, they can focus on skills that will benefit your business and your bottom line.
  • Risk management – Inconsistency and uncertainty can occur when there are periods of high employee turnover. Outsourcing can help to bring a level of continuity to your business while reducing the risk that would occur due to a substandard level of operation.
  • Staffing flexibility – You can easily adapt to cyclical or seasonal demands thanks to outsourcing, as you can bring in added resources as and when you need them.
  • Focus on core activities – Focus on what your business does best! By outsourcing important business activities that are not your main area of specialism, your team can re-focus without sacrificing service or quality in the back-office.

How do you decide what to outsource?

The key question… should you outsource that or is it better to continue handling it in-house? There are a number of key questions you can ask yourself to determine whether you should outsource something.

  • Will you save money by outsourcing? The first thing you need to do is spend a bit of time working out your finances. You need to determine what is the most cost-efficient route to go down. It is important to consider costs as a whole; don’t merely look at the startup costs. Outsourcing can often be a bit more costly to begin with, yet it is usually cheaper in the long run. This is why it is a good idea to calculate the costs over a period of a year when comparing the two so that you can get a good understanding of the true cost of both options.
  • Is it distracting your employees? Are your employees spending more time on the task in question that they should be? If you find that your core activities are suffering because your employees’ attention is elsewhere, it is time to start thinking about outsourcing. This will enable your staff to focus on doing what they do best.
  • Do you need a one-off service or will it be on going? This is one of the important questions you need to ask yourself. Does this part of your business require constant attention? Is it a one-off task? Or will you only require people during certain months of the year? This will help you to determine whether outsourcing is right for you. If it is a one-off task you are dealing with, outsourcing is often best. For example, if you require legal services for a case that has been made against your business, this isn’t something that happens every day, and so it is certainly better to enlist the help of professionals. This site explains more about seeking outside expertise for such incidents. On the other hand, if this is an on-going task, for example, bookkeeping or accounting, you may want to consider keeping it in-house. This is so long as it is not distracting your employees, as per the former point.
  • Does the task demand specialist skills? You need to discover whether specialist skills are required for the task. For instance, if you are going to start a marketing campaign, and your team does not have any training or experience in this area, you may want to consider outsourcing. After all, the success of your service or product will heavily rely on how it is marketed, and so it is important to get it right. You don’t want to risk your product being a flop because of an amateur marketing campaign.

Before you get started…

Before you get started, make sure you carry out the following steps…

  • Make sure you put together thorough mock-ups – People are going to be fives times more likely to respond to you if you are clear about your requirements. Of course, your requirements may change over time, and this is completely fine. However, you do need to be clear about what is necessary so that you and the professionals you are conversing with are on the same page.
  • Know your budget – The next thing you need to do is determine how much you can afford. You will be able to narrow down your search more effectively if you know your budget.
  • When do you want to start – In most cases, the answer to this question will be ‘yesterday!’ However, it is important to have a good think about when you do really need to start the project. Service providers will often pitch to you depending on the availability of talent within their teams.
  • Deadline – It is also important to determine when the tasks need to be completed by. Do not enforce a strict deadline for the sake of it, as you could end up alienating some of the best candidates. However, if you do have a strict deadline and you cannot budge, make sure you are upfront from the very beginning.
  • Your necessities – You should make a list of any of the necessities you have, i.e. those qualities that you simply won’t budge on. For instance, you may require specific experience or you may want a service provider that is local.
  • Understand your priorities – Last but not least, you need to understand your priorities. Figure out what is important to you, be it scalability, security, budget, timeline or something else.

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding regarding the process that is entailed when outsourcing, as well as how to decide what areas of your business to outsource. You can now start looking for the best service providers for the tasks you have ready to be completed.