How Much Do You Outsource? What's Your Goal?

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Hey Guys,

Finally got round to reading the 4 Hour Work Week.

Awesome book!

Got some really good tips in there on how to make the most of your time.

Mainly through outsourcing - so my question is:

"How Much Do You Outsource?"

Also:

"Do You Think You Could Get Your Business Up To 90% Automated/Outsourced?"

For me I would say about 40% is outsourced and I COULD outsource more and SHOULD!

Most of the reason why I don't outsource some of my tasks/jobs is because I think I have a knack for them.

Would love to hear your thoughts and also from people that have yet to outsource anything - what is stopping you?

All the best

Chris
#goal #outsource
  • I outsource my blogging by paying a portion of the adsense commissions to the person who takes over as the new writer.

    Focus on your strengths, mine are creating community, so I am better off having someone else do the writing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
      I don't really have a goal as far as outsourcing goes. I think it is really a means to an end. My goal is to enjoy what I am doing and make the money I want to make.

      If that includes outsourcing, OK, if it includes something else, that is OK too. I don't really think there is any "should" about it. But I suspect other folks might have different opinions than I do.
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      • Profile picture of the author myob
        The book is called "The 4-Hour Workweek" and it's written by a multi-millionaire named Timothy Ferriss.

        The book's philosophy essentially boils down to this... what you should do is maximize your time.

        If you manage your time, your goals, and your priorities effectively, it's totally possible for you to generate a comfortable, full-time income working just 4 hours per week.

        The success people have achieved did NOT come as a result of how much time the've spent working on our businesses, but what we've DONE with the time we've spent.

        For example: Someone with clear, intentional goals and a step-by-step action plan will accomplish way more in 60 minutes than someone who is mired in information overload and analysis paralysis will accomplish in 8 hours.

        But there are some things - mission critical tasks that should never be outsourced. For me it's marketing. I would never trust anyone with that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pinkysoll
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    I jsut started outsourcing and it feels good to know that work gets done while you're doing other profitable things to promote your business. I like the idea of maximizing my efforts so the more gets done the better.
    I have a number of sites to work with and this is a good move for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author brandony
    Right now, I don't outsource as much as I want to, but so far:
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    Soon: setting up the membership download areas, getting videos edited, and uploaded to the site, etc.

    I really want to focus on simply producing content (products, webinars, speaking, etc) and allow a team to do the other technical type stuff. that's the goal anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cailmoney
    I am just setting up my first niche blog now and I am outsourcing my niche/keyword research, free product for opt-in list, 100 articles, squeeze page, wordpress blog and 20 emails for my email list. Mostly because I cannot do any of that lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author RaptorGabe
    Depends on which business. For my Local Business Media Marketing and Distribution I outsource 80% (aka everything except actually getting the client). Your outsourcing should never cost more then 15% of your monthly income.
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  • Profile picture of the author Derek S
    I just hired a team of employees to do everything I would do and dont have time to do in my average work day.

    Now that I have people doing all my work for me I dont have any more free time than I did before lo - Instead of doing tasks I replaced them with MANAGING my employees...

    Of course once I have built a team I trust and does great work consistent, I will promote one of the employees to the manager position... Leaving 100% free time for me to do nothing all day but find things to get me out of the house and spend my money on for entertainment lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Derek S
    Originally Posted by Chri5123 View Post

    Most of the reason why I don't outsource some of my tasks/jobs is because I think I have a knack for them.s
    Another good point... I wont outsource anything I don't have a nack for myself. It is very important you understand what you are having your employees do inside and out.

    Not only does it provide them with realistic expectations but you can train them to do exactly what you would do yourself... making tasks have MUCH less room for error.

    If you don't have a nack for a task, don't outsource - Hire an expert or become an expert yourself first.

    Start off outsorucing the things you know how to do but hate doing and life is grand
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    • Profile picture of the author Chri5123
      Originally Posted by Derek S View Post

      Another good point... I wont outsource anything I don't have a nack for myself. It is very important you understand what you are having your employees do inside and out.

      Not only does it provide them with realistic expectations but you can train them to do exactly what you would do yourself... making tasks have MUCH less room for error.

      If you don't have a nack for a task, don't outsource - Hire an expert or become an expert yourself first.

      Start off outsorucing the things you know how to do but hate doing and life is grand
      Yep this is spot on ^

      I try to follow this:

      Everything I outsource I have a at LEAST a basic knowledge of. So I outsource design work a lot but when push comes to shove I CAN design my own sites.

      My skills are in marketing so I rarely outsource this.

      Everything else I outsource so I can concentrate on what I am good at.

      The basic understanding of everything you outsource is essential as you always have a fail safe.

      For instance i will outsource the web design but if I want to jazz the page up with a few graphics or banners I quite often do these myself and it does not cost as much that way.
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  • Profile picture of the author eshber
    I outsource nearly everything! This includes Wordpress Theme Setup, Article Writing, Backlinks, Images & Designs...you name it, I outsource it! lol

    The only thing i do myself is keyword research!
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  • Profile picture of the author interactivex
    You can outsource everything, however it depends on the type of task as to how difficult it is to find someone. If you are only earning $2k per month, it's difficult to outsource your business as you are not earning enough to pay people to do it. So step one you have to be earning enough to make the outsourcing worthwhile.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulturner
    I offer SEO for to others and outsource most of the work to India - but it took me a year to find somebody good enough - I should have used the warrior forum first!!
    As long as you check on things its great, and I probably outsource 90% of the work.

    The thing is, that means I also outsource at least half my income each month - but i have a scalable business that runs without me!
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