I have always been fascinated, well when I say always I mean in the past five years, by the great book “The Four Hour Workweek”.
Now don’t panic I am not here to sell you anythng, I just wanted to mention how I structured outsourcing my work to allow me more leisure time. I am not down to four hours a week, but ten is usual.
Lets face it, that is a a third to a quarter of what most people work.
I run websites, so first I had them built. You can get them built cheap from lots of hire sites, or buy them ready made on flippa.
Once I have the sites, I then tool them up with downloads in exchange for an email address (creating a mailing list).
I also sell products via them, so I get referral revenue. I use wordpress plugins so auto populate store content.
I set-up as a real business though. So I allow people to reach me. Now I outsourced that as well to the UK, to an inbound call centre called opencontact who answer emails, phone, texts and ticket helpdesk stuff for me. That way customers are dealt with professionally and because it’s outsourced I am only paying for the time they spend, not paying a fixed cost for a virtual assistant for XX hours per week.
So once you have a system, you can set it to run, get scripts and plugins to manage the churning of fresh content and products, back it up with real customer service for a reasonable price and only interven yourself if things get out of control for some reason.
See you on the beach!