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As far as writing goes

Why outsource to other people to write material for you when its based around something that you know more about? Don't get me wrong, I am definitely going to be outsourcing here shortly too but I'd like to know how you guys go about working with another person who doesn't know as much about the topic as you?
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  • Profile picture of the author RogozRazvan
    This is the paradox of outsourcing.

    That person will never know or understand as much as you do ... at least in the first stages.

    However, your time is limited. If you have enough time for everything, then do it yourself.

    When I had a maid, the math was simple. Maid costs $6.5/hour. My work brings $40/hour. Even if I work one extra hour and paid the maid three, I'll still make money.

    It is the 20 - 80 rule applied. 20% of what you are doing now brings you 80% of the money. Outsourcing is a way for someone else to handle the 80% that brings only 20% ROI or to bring specialized skills to the board.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jolly2step
      Thank you for the information.
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    • Profile picture of the author gcbmark20
      Originally Posted by RogozRazvan View Post

      This is the paradox of outsourcing.

      That person will never know or understand as much as you do ... at least in the first stages.

      However, your time is limited. If you have enough time for everything, then do it yourself.

      When I had a maid, the math was simple. Maid costs $6.5/hour. My work brings $40/hour. Even if I work one extra hour and paid the maid three, I'll still make money.

      It is the 20 - 80 rule applied. 20% of what you are doing now brings you 80% of the money. Outsourcing is a way for someone else to handle the 80% that brings only 20% ROI or to bring specialized skills to the board.


      I fully agree.

      Anything and I mean anything you can outsource in your business gives you
      a REAL business that WORKS for you and not the other way around.

      This is why people look online to build an online business right.

      Because you can use outsourcing at much cheaper rates than traditional
      pay check to paycheck offline businesses use.

      I mean to start off with sure you can write your own materials but there's
      nothing wrong in training someone to write like you write and then allowing them
      to manage a team of writers just the same.

      This can keep things as closely related to your own style as possible whilst you
      get time to work on ideas/new projects etc.

      Hope that helps.
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      We all have the same amount of time. It's what you do with it that counts.
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  • Profile picture of the author martinluther
    Well, You are quite right Jolly2step. Business owner knows better about the key factors of business, but he/she is not professional to describe the things in such a way that makes more sense. Coordination with writers make a meaningful outcome for site visitors.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joan Altz
    You can add depth to a superficial article by including additional notes within the context at varying points - plus quotes, references, snippets, video, or an infographic - representing your own level of knowledge beyond the writer's, without having to rewrite or add whole sections.
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    • Profile picture of the author abbs
      As a freelancer, I have come across two kinds of clients.

      The first kind realize that the people they are outsourcing to are probably not going to be as passionate and knowledgeable about the work they have been assigned as they are.

      These clients identify tasks that do not require the most knowledge or expertise, and outsource these tasks. They retain control over the most important processes, or end up searching to find someone who knows/cares just as much as they do.

      For instance, one of my clients has me replying to DMs and tweets on his Twitter account and uses me to collect his followers' emails. I even add these emails to the mailing list, but he writes out the sales pitches / emails that are sent to this list.


      The other kind of clients outsource parts of the business that require specialized knowledge. If they don't put in the necessary effort to find someone better than them, they are generally left dissatisfied with the outsourcing process.

      They are not smart in picking out what parts of their business to outsource, and which parts to retain control over.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jolly2step
    Good information guys, thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author xnice
    Because outsource will help us do more other high rate work, make more money. With the free time, we can think more how to develop the business.
    With offline business, the manager can do everything in the beginning, after that he can hire some people to help him do other works. So the same thing with outsource.
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  • Profile picture of the author juan peter
    I outsource for the sake of saving my time.
    No matter how good the person is but he won't do things the way I would do but it still worth my time and money.
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  • Profile picture of the author twranks
    Same here. It helps me focus on other things rather than just product creation... Even if it costs me some dough
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  • Profile picture of the author aja akira
    It is the rule of the world. One is doing job, but the employer is doing business. the employee is know how to work, he do work also for a small salary. After giving his salary, the employer make a huge business from this employee work.
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  • Profile picture of the author PressureCooker
    Outsource time-intensive tedious tasks that you really hate doing or can't be bothered with. Keep the rest in house if you enjoy doing it and have the time because this is where your passion will shine through. If you don't have time, find someone knowledgeable in the subject or require them to research the subject in order to produce the kind of content/results you want. You don't have to outsource every single thing, just things that you really feel the need to.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
      I outsource to save time or to save money. My time is worth a certain hourly rate, so often it is cheaper to outsource then it is to pay myself.

      I know many people who outsource because they do not know how to do something such as writing. The Internet is easy to research for content ideas, so any good writer you outsource to can do that. Finding a good one is not always that easy though.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    The reasons could be many.

    1. Not a good writer.
    2. Don't have time

    The list can go on and on..
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  • Profile picture of the author mpeshev
    Outsourcing allows you to grow and scale - your limit is more or less your rate multiplied by X hours in a business week. Being highly reputable allows you to get on more and more work, but increase your hours a lot by outsourcing to different sources.
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    • Profile picture of the author fredlynx
      Give them a research sheet. So they can focus on what they do best, rabble and scribble.
      That way you utilise both persons skills to the fullest. And you can focus on other things while the writer churns out articles. Besides, article writing is extremely boring..(my opinion)
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  • Originally Posted by Jolly2step View Post

    Why outsource to other people to write material for you when its based around something that you know more about? Don't get me wrong, I am definitely going to be outsourcing here shortly too but I'd like to know how you guys go about working with another person who doesn't know as much about the topic as you?
    I 100% agree.

    I believe in outsourcing... but only for the "satellite" elements of your business. The "core" of it all, such as the creation of your own products, you must do yourself: it's YOUR business, YOU are the expert, and it has to have YOUR signature on it.

    You will never forge a brand for yourself, and thus a rabid following, if you print your own character to your own products.
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  • Profile picture of the author rabbitking
    Because once your company grows to the point where you can no longer handle the work load you must outsource in order to scale up and seek more opportunities. Its just a natural transition in business.

    -RK
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  • Profile picture of the author Jolly2step
    I wonder at what stage during the growth of ones business does he or she start reaching out for help? What about the design stage in the beginning? What if you pay someone $500-$1000 for a well built site but you are unhappy with it, $5 - over $100 for a logo depending where you go but you are unhappy with that? Do you spend the time learning these processes for yourself in the beginning to save money or do you guys just say screw it and outsource that part as well to save time? Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dash Evra
    I outsource because I don't have the skills to do the work needed.

    For example, I wanted to make a Youtube video talking about exercising. But, my face isn't as camera friendly as a 20-something years old woman with a fit body. So, I went on Fivver and found myself someone who fits the bills...
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  • Profile picture of the author vandernath
    Sames goes for me. I outsource when I don't have the skills for the job OR when I'm too busy. In that case, communication is the key. You have to tell your employee or freelancer exactly what he has to do.

    That's a problem that many people have. Poor communication leads to bad quality in the eyes of the buyer whilst it's entirely their fault.
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  • Profile picture of the author guitarizma
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    Originally Posted by Jolly2step View Post

    As far as writing goes

    Why outsource to other people to write material for you when its based around something that you know more about? Don't get me wrong, I am definitely going to be outsourcing here shortly too but I'd like to know how you guys go about working with another person who doesn't know as much about the topic as you?

    I don't usually outsource stuff I think I do best. I outsource those that are kinda repetitive and wouldn't impact my business if there's a little error here and there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Amer A
    Hi Jolly2step

    Sometimes you need to outsource time consuming work, so you provide training on certain tasks for the assistant to carry out daily.

    Regards

    Amer A
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  • Profile picture of the author rlopez88
    I don't outsurce a lot because I think I cannot communicate properly as to what exactly needs to be done. I've had trouble getting content written on iwriter and then I realized maybe I was not communicating well enough. So, yes as mentioned by another warrior communication could be an issue.
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  • Profile picture of the author ATAC
    You outsource to take yourself out of the picture on tasks so that you can use your time more wisely and constructively on things that are more of an asset to your company ..
    Example.
    Why would you be setting up website for someone oppose to generating new business when you can outsource it and do both at once ...

    This is how you grow as a business and start to really make money.

    That is why I tell all of my students to never turn down any job because you do not personally know how to do the job.. Because you should be outsourcing it anyway ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Highway55
    How to get somebody to do it properly? On long projects (like an ebook or white paper) Give them an outline or a white board doc with bullets and a brief description. If the person is a pro - they can easily create what you need.

    That said, no matter what you do you may be sacrificing some quality anyway. It's something you'll have to come to terms with if you want to maximize your own resources.
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  • Profile picture of the author Richard Son
    Lower operational and labor costs are among the primary reasons why companies choose to outsource. When properly executed it has a defining impact on a company’s revenue recognition and can deliver significant savings.Outsourcing also enables companies to realize the benefits of re-engineering.
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