I’ve been working online for quite some time now, but like anything, you tend to get overwhelmed after a while. Yes, I have too many projects on my hand and in order to lessen the load on my side, I figured that I would go overseas to have people help me.
A lot of my website projects are content based, and since it takes time to build links, write content and design graphics, I thought I would look into the Philippines since I have heard so many good things about this country.
I have been outsourcing a few years now, and I have learned a lot during these years. There have been my ups and there have definitely been some downs. I wanted to share some tips that I have learned during this experience.
#1 Always get a sample – Before you hire anyone, you’re going to want to get a sample from them. Don’t just accept a sample they send you, ask for one personally. Your goal is to make this sample as hard as possible to see how they do it. 99% of the time, they will send you a sample per your request. This is a quick way to weed people out.
#2 Ask questions – Any employer is going to ask you questions if they want to hire you. You should do the same thing with your potential assistants. I will ask some of the following questions:
- What were your old jobs?
- Why did you quit? Why were you fired?
- Who was your old employer?
- What are your skills?
- Can you meet our requirements for the job?
#3 Start low and incentivize – Most overseas people will want to start a higher salary right away. What I have found is that employees generally tend to work harder when there is a bonus involved. Since I want my work done daily, I tell them that they will get a monthly bonus if they submit on time for a month straight. This tends to work very well.
#4 Give them time – The first week or so is going to usually be slow. This is your time to mold them, and train them. Keep in mind that they won’t be a pro over night. Instead, try your best to write up a fantastic training packet and always make sure that you pick out their flaws. You will just want to make sure that you’re not too picky.
#5 Be nice – Just because the person lives overseas, it doesn’t mean that you can treat them like garbage. You will want to make sure that you treat them with respect, and just be nice to them overall. I have found that if you treat them like a human being, they will tend to work harder for you in the long haul.
Yes, outsourcing can have its ups and it can have it’s downs. It may take a few times to find the perfect employee but when you do find them, it’s well worth the time and effort put in to find them!
(Liz Cutten over at FindBizCards provided this guest post for your benefit. Please thank her by visiting her small business blog.)
Foreplay is considered a way to get things warmed up. Ready for the big event. All that kinda thing…;-)
Fortunately, there’s a way to do sorta the same thing if you’re an outsourcing virgin. It’s a website called fiverr.com. Ed Dale at challenge.co calls it “baby steps” for outsourcing.
It’s a site where you can hire someone to do something for you for the measly sum of, you guessed it, 5 bucks!
And you won’t believe what is available there that someone will do for only 5 bucks…
I’ve played with it for two things so far. One was to get an article written for submission to ezinearticles.com. The other was just a fun thing I did for my daughter’s 17th birthday.
The article writing thing didn’t turn out so hot, because the person never responded to my request. I got my 5 bucks credited back to my fiverr.com account. The other thing was a recording artist who put together a rodeo theme happy birthday song and called my cowgirl daughter and sang it to her. She got a big kick out of that!
The point is, you can find so many things that are related to internet marketing tasks on fiverr.com that someone will do for you for only 5 bucks.
One I know of that many people have taken advantage of is having an ebook cover created. If you’ve ever tried to do this yourself, using something like adobe photoshop, and you don’t necessarily use photoshop on a regular basis, it can take hours. It was frustrating for me.
I know cuz that’s what I did the first time, although I kinda cheated and borrowed an ebook image, imported it into photoshop, and just changed it. Even that took me over an hour and was not something that I’d look forward to doing again!
So, if you haven’t busted your outsourcing cherry yet, or even if you have, I’d recommend you go check out fiverr.com and get signed up. It’s free to sign up, they don’t pay people until the job is done to your satisfaction, and hey…it’s only 5 bucks.
You can pass on one double mocha frappuchino delight can’t you?
Just wanted to shout out a hearty welcome to all the new people who landed on this blog as a result of taking action and advantage of the “Money From Anywhere” book launch and generous free bonuses offered with it! I noticed you’ve “tuned into” the potential benefits of outsourcing…:-)
You may or may not be a “new online marketer”, but I’m guessing that most of you haven’t done much outsourcing in your business yet. If you have, I’d like to chat with you so please leave a comment below with your contact details.
And for those of you who haven’t started outsourcing any parts of your online marketing business yet, congratulations you’re in the right place! It’s my mission to help get you started the right way, and share many of my own outsourcing experiences with you. (not to mention the experiences of some pretty experienced online marketers…for example, my interview with Bill Hibbler)