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Hello everyone. I'm actually interested in outsourcing. I want to know more about it and basically everything.
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  • Profile picture of the author dvduval
    So maybe go read about it on some top outsourcing sites like elance.com and odesk.com? What do you need to have achieved with the outsourcing?
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by calvinjames06 View Post

    Hello everyone. I'm actually interested in outsourcing. I want to know more about it and basically everything.
    I offer only a few quick thoughts (which I wish I'd known when I started) ...

    1. Outsourcing is a skill-set all of its own; doing it successfully requires care, judgement and ideally some experience

    2. It's much, much easier to outsource productively and beneficially things that you do know how to do well yourself than things you don't

    3. Doing a lot of outsourcing when you're "just starting off" is a big mistake, for a few reasons, but partly because it makes it harder for you to learn how to do things yourself, an important skill to acquire before successful outsourcing
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    • Profile picture of the author calvinjames06
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      I offer only a few quick thoughts (which I wish I'd known when I started) ...

      1. Outsourcing is a skill-set all of its own; doing it successfully requires care, judgement and ideally some experience

      2. It's much, much easier to outsource productively and beneficially things that you do know how to do well yourself than things you don't

      3. Doing a lot of outsourcing when you're "just starting off" is a big mistake, for a few reasons, but partly because it makes it harder for you to learn how to do things yourself, an important skill to acquire before successful outsourcing
      Thanks a lot and you're right, I've never done outsourcing. I think I need a lot of research and reading stuffs before getting into it.
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    • Profile picture of the author garveyonweb
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post


      2. It's much, much easier to outsource productively and beneficially things that you do know how to do well yourself than things you don't
      As usual Alexa is bang on the money, but specifically this point. Learn to do it yourself first, and be absolutely certain that the outsourcer WILL have to be directed very specifically to do it as you want it. Specific and accurate directions are imperative... to have any chance of success. And finally, when you get someone good appreciate them and look after them. They are rare.
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  • Profile picture of the author seonutshell
    I'm going to assume you mean articles? Basically you pay someone to write an article about something you request, because you lack the skills to write it yourself, or do not have the time, or have other reasons.

    It can be useful if you need content regularly and quickly, but i would recommend you take heed of the saying "you get what you pay for". If you outsource articles for your money site, you need good quality, and you will have to pay for it. Make sure the writer is native english. You can ussually tell very easily if the writer isnt, because they just dont have "that touch"

    Good outsourcing sites are elance, and fiverr can be good as well. I have a gig on fiverr where i can guarantee articles, written by me, in under a day. Link is in my sig if you are as interested as you say you are.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Are you looking for information on how to outsource/offer services to others or are you seeking information on how to find good people or businesses to outsource/hire from?

      Sorry if that's a silly question, but I wasn't sure from reading your post.

      Terra
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  • Profile picture of the author damasgate
    In my experience, you need to find a handful of those great outsources that you can actually trust and rely on.

    Once that happens, you can scale your business appropriately.
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  • Profile picture of the author mckiepiper
    After an exhaustive Google search, I found this article that may help you: Learning Curve: Making the Most of Outsourcing - Forbes
    Good luck with your knowledge seeking!
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  • Profile picture of the author sackboy127
    My advice is to spend the time training your outsourcers properly, and don't expect them to get everything right the first time.

    Think of it as an investment, it'll pay off immensely in the long run.
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  • Profile picture of the author Leinfinito
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  • Profile picture of the author bsummers
    What are you planning to outsource?
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  • Profile picture of the author calvinjames06
    Wow. Thanks a lot everyone for the answers. It's a big help especially to the persons giving me links. Let's say I'm planning for something big, eBooks!
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    • Profile picture of the author Stephen Saha
      As someone already said outsourcing is an art, you must keep note of a few things before you outsource ...
      - how much of your own time and money you are saving by outsourcing that particular job
      - what quality of job you need
      - your budget
      - the credibility and skill of the person/company you outsource to

      All the best!
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  • If you want to learn how to outsource, check out jonasblog.com. You can download a free ebook from that site plus other resources to help you with the details of outsourcing like where to hire, how to train, how to manage people, what to expect, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author jessiem
    What are the things that you wanted to know about outsourcing? Are you looking for a site that offers outsourcing services? If so, try checking on Odesk, Elance, Freelancer etc.

    If you're looking for which country is best to hire from then this article might help you decide. You can also ask the person above me to help you about outsourcing..
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Make sure you order from someone who has a track record or can show reviews from previous clients.
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  • Profile picture of the author pintara3
    Some good responses here to your questions.I use odesk .I then make several screen capture videos using camtasia setting out step by step what I want them to do. This cuts down the training time required on skype.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kiingme
    odesk is my fave. i havent tried the other ones but i assume they are all alike plus or minus some features. my whole business is done by outsourcing and i just make a middle man fee.
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    • Profile picture of the author Soulchild
      Are you looking to outsource technical work, writing, handling your emails, phone calls, etc. There are so many areas that can be outsourced it is hard to answer without any clarification.
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  • Profile picture of the author zahanega
    if you're looking to outsource handling writing/emails, or any other task, you can check out this website Best Jobs Philippines :: Philippine job search, job bank, employment and recruitment to find workers and train them according to your requirements.
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  • Profile picture of the author HumbleGuy
    Just Google it and you will find a lot of outsourcing sites. Search for freelancing sites and you'll get many of them. Best of luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author calvinjames06
    Question, should I go for freelancers or companies having VA's or like outsourcing companies?
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    • Profile picture of the author ContentWritingPhD
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      Originally Posted by calvinjames06 View Post

      Question, should I go for freelancers or companies having VA's or like outsourcing companies?
      I suggest that you go for companies because you the last thing you'd want to happen is to get less significant results. A company should have highly skilled professionals who have the proper training and experience while hiring freelancers could mean that you might have to spend time training them and still not get your expected results.
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  • Profile picture of the author The IM Factory
    What type of services are you looking to outsource? We'll gladly answer any questions you might have
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  • Profile picture of the author pingsters
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    What you want to outsource ? You can use elance odesk and fivver to outsource your tasks.
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  • Profile picture of the author dml8131
    I would suggest purchasing a course on outsourcing to get yourself better educated. If you are just outsourcing content for your website I think textbroker is very good and very easy to use. Elance and Odesk are also good alternatives as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author RoseHunt
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    Outsourcing is about finding the right people who will be able to deliver quality services, like content writing, website designing and so on. Don't look for other people to do everything for you, because that way you will spend money that you need and could use for something better and besides, you won't learn anything on your own!
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  • Profile picture of the author tomerep
    What do you outsource for in the first place? If you are looking to outsource, you should specify what project are you working on so you'll know where to outscource from. There are certain criteria that you need to consider if you're interested in outsourcing like investment, time and effort.
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  • Profile picture of the author seonutshell
    http://seonutshell.co.uk/an-article-on-outsourcing-articles-not-outsourced/ written by me an not outsourced Outsourcing doesnt just mean articles though, you can get voiceovers and graphics and anything really
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  • Profile picture of the author tmzVPSDaniel
    You can't just outsource if you do not know what you are doing. Well you can but it's NOT going to work out well. Usually when outsourcing something try to get some information on it.

    Also what exactly are you trying to outsource?

    - Daniel
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  • Profile picture of the author digitalsapien
    Hiring someone to do something for you like article writing, web page design...that's outsourcing. There are many ways to outsource but the very simple start on that is to find the best people on some websites like Odesk, Elance and OnlineJobs.ph
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  • Profile picture of the author margaritovbg
    There are many types of outsourcing. Content writing, graphic design, social media accounts management and many others. If you are looking for a supplier of such services, ask for samples first and look at the supplier's reputation.
    If you are looking to become a supplier, make sure the standard of your work is very good and that your pricing is reasonable.
    If you are looking for good supplier, I can recommend you the one I currently use.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Reed
    Always remember, if the outsource provider were really good at creating an income from their materials, they would not sell them to you, they would sell them on their own.

    Obviously, this does not apply to people that do things such as copywriting sales pages for your product. Just don't expect someone to create a killer product for you to sell and become rich from do so.
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  • Profile picture of the author flovin
    Fiverr is a good place to start off. Try google it.
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