Focus Your Efforts
Frequently, internet entrepreneurs make the mistake of trying to do too much, too soon. The plague of unyielding minutia can overwhelm entrepreneurs, forcing them to believe that success is harder to come by than is really the case. When you start your business, you need to be a web designer, content writer, editor, SEO/SEM specialist, accountant, and appointment setter - you name it, you’ll have to do it. But before you begin to juggle too many tasks, ask yourself, “What do I absolutely have to do to survive”? It’s easy to spread yourself thin and become a jack-of-all-trades, and master of none for an extended period of time. Set priorities, perfect execution, and outsource the work to a third party. Move on to priority number two, and do the same.
Perfect the Process
By mastering the important steps right away, you can get some of the hardest work off of your shoulders as soon as possible. For example, if you identify link building as essential to your business, create a process, carry it out, and refine it over several iterations. You will be able to transfer the knowledge gained to your outsourced employee, and reap the benefits while you perfect other components of your business. If you focus on content creation, doing it yourself will make you aware of good web resources available, and have a bunch of good ideas for topics and platforms.
You essentially want to identify easy ways to carry out the assignment in a straight forward and methodical process, so your outsourced employee can get it done for you without any confusion or self-reliance.
Sometimes, the best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else. Write down the guidelines you expect your employee to abide by in clear and straightforward terms. You might even surprise yourself by what you’ve learned.
Request a daily run-through of your virtual employee’s efforts to be certain he is on the appropriate path. You should regularly keep track of the tasks to be sure their work complies with your standards. As soon as both you and your employee are comfortable with the process, you can take a step back, and move on to the next priority.
By following this roadmap, you will create a process. When unforeseen challenges or opportunities arise, and they surely will, you will have an approach to methodically tackle them without getting sidetracked and bogged down by distractions.