How To Oursource And Protect Your Idea At The Same Time?

by Incoan
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Hi, warriors.

I've got a question : ).

Basically, I want to hire a web designer.

How do you protect your website from being copied if you hire someone?

I'd say that a good idea is to upload WP theme/website yourself, but... I think it is a big hassle.

Also, if you are hiring someone to create an ebook or any other product for you, he can also steal your idea.

What is your opinion on this? How to safeguard myself? : P

Thanks!
#idea #oursource #protect #time
  • Profile picture of the author Chris Thompson
    You're worrying too much. Do it yourself or hire someone. The alternative sucks (doing nothing).

    The people who are offering their services to perform this work are looking to get paid for their time. They are not generally looking to rip you off.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tadresources
    If you're that worried about it (which I think you shouldn't be) then there are plenty of precautions you can take, including having an iron clad contract and being careful with who you choose.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Seiler
    Originally Posted by Incoan View Post

    Hi, warriors.

    I've got a question : ).

    Basically, I want to hire a web designer.

    How do you protect your website from being copied if you hire someone?

    I'd say that a good idea is to upload WP theme/website yourself, but... I think it is a big hassle.

    Also, if you are hiring someone to create an ebook or any other product for you, he can also steal your idea.

    What is your opinion on this? How to safeguard myself? : P

    Thanks!
    Technically, not easy. The designer is likely to have access, at some point, to sensitive files. Making copies is easy.

    Legally? If the person is in the United States, have them sign an NDA and/or a non-compete agreement.

    If they are located in another country? Um, well...forget about it. You're hosed if it comes to an IP dispute.

    All things considered, if your idea is that special, you'll be better off hiring people in-house that you can more easily monitor/control/legally hold responsible.
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    • Profile picture of the author Adrian Int
      Originally Posted by Eric Seiler View Post

      Technically, not easy. The designer is likely to have access, at some point, to sensitive files. Making copies is easy.

      Legally? If the person is in the United States, have them sign an NDA and/or a non-compete agreement.

      If they are located in another country? Um, well...forget about it. You're hosed if it comes to an IP dispute.

      All things considered, if your idea is that special, you'll be better off hiring people in-house that you can more easily monitor/control/legally hold responsible.
      Eric's got it.

      Hire someone you can hold accountable if you are that worried about having the idea "stolen".

      That means you'll have to pay local labour rates, and get signatures on your Non-disclosure agreement, but it's a worthwhile investment if peace of mind is something that's important to you.

      Cheers,
      -Adrian
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I wouldn't put too much emphasis on people trying to steal your work. Most people are legit and have morals, and won't steal your idea. If you're THAT concerned about people stealing your work... maybe you should just do everything yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Incoan
    Ah, awesome : ).

    Thanks for responses. I will just try to separate the jobs into segments.

    Guess I'll just do that.

    Definitely won't be doing everything myself.

    *In-house is a good idea... but for later*
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    Get them to sign an NDA agreement -- that's what it's there for.
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  • Profile picture of the author WorkOnline
    Sometimes, you have to do risky things like trusting someone to do the job for you. But if you cannot do that, better do it yourself.
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    • Profile picture of the author Adrian Int
      Originally Posted by Sarevok View Post

      Isolate outsourced segments.
      Also very viable if they can't do anything with the one piece they're working on.

      Originally Posted by WorkOnline View Post

      Sometimes, you have to do risky things like trusting someone to do the job for you. But if you cannot do that, better do it yourself.
      One of the troubles that many small business owners face is learning to let go...

      I did some consultation for an owner of a relatively successful restaurant once. The establishment was doing well... but he just couldn't NOT go to work because he didn't trust his employees to do a good enough job.

      If you can't trust someone else to do the work there is one of two things wrong...

      a) You don't hire the right people for the task (not spending enough for professional results??)

      or

      b) You're a control freak. (his problem)

      The way I see it... the reason you started a business of your own was so you could call the shots - and I think we can all appreciate that mentality - but if you can't lay off the reins a bit, how will you ever live that lifestyle you imagined would come with the business?

      This guy may never have the life he dreamed about when he started. He basically bought himself a $50,000 a year job for like $500,000 dollars.. lol. You can't scale your business if you can't trust anyone else, either.

      Don't make that mistake.


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      -Adrian
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  • Profile picture of the author NicoleBeckett
    If you're working with true professionals, they're not going to be out to steal your sensitive info. Their goal is to build their own successful businesses - not copy/steal yours. However, this is why it's so important to do your homework before you outsource your work to anyone. If you have an uneasy feeling in your gut, find someone else.
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  • Profile picture of the author loi77
    Most outsourcers I dealt with are mostly interested in getting paid for their work and move on to other jobs. Honestly, they are not that interested in your business.

    They have their own business to look after. Outsoucers who have skill in one aspect may not have the skill on other aspects of IM to monetize it.
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  • Profile picture of the author JOSourcing
    Banned
    Check out this post for some viable protection ideas: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5532744
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  • Profile picture of the author blillard
    Non-Disclosure Agreement my friend!
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