Project GIMNOA Commences!

Do you enjoy being a fly on the wall?  Any closet lurkers out there?  If so, you’re gonna absolutely love this!

GIMNOA:   Great.  Internet.  Marketing.  Newbie.  Outsourcing.  Adventure.

Motivating.  Inspiring.  Realistic.  Real World.  No B.S.

You get to watch and listen as a newbie to both internet marketing and outsourcing attempts to combine the magic of both to create a $10,000 monthly AFTER EXPENSE income.   While still working a full time J.O.B.  With many of the obstacles you might have were you to attempt it.

How would your life change with that monthly income that you had to spend no more than 5 hours a week to maintain?

Who is this person you may wonder?  Let’s just say…he can be seen every time he stands in front of a mirror!  That’s not important.  What is important are the actual experiences you are about to witness.

You’re gonna get the play-by-play.  Time spent.  Money spent.  The obstacles overcome (or not).  The frustrations, failures, successes, mechanics, tools, etc.

It started today (at least the money investing part).  After a 14 day free trial, and about 10 hours of perusing the training program, the first month’s investment of $97 was disbursed.   This is a highly specific, focused and comprehensive training for a proven internet marketing model.  It includes an outsourcing training component that may or may not be enough…we’ll see.

Today about 2 hours of time was invested in the first training modules, and one hour on a Q & A call.  Anybody wanna keep track of the time and money investment totals for me?  Looks like about 13 hours and 97 dollars so far…:-)

Begin.  The most important step for any great adventure.  Welcome to Project GIMNOA!

Guest Post From Roger’s Outsourcing Journey

Hello to All the readers of Outsourcingcontrol.com.  My name is Roger and first of all I’d like to thank Jim for accepting my article as guest post and introducing me to his readers.  Well, I work for Fortepromo, a promotional products company based in Minnesota.  During the tough economic times last year, like many other small businesses we decided to outsource some of our tasks.  Now, it’s been a year since we’ve started our outsourcing journey and would like share the following important tips with you.

All tasks are not outsource-able – Outsourcing can get your tasks done at low prices, but it doesn’t mean that you can outsource each and every task that comes to your mind.  You need to identify which tasks of your business can be easily done by your virtual team and which tasks need your personal attention.  The basic rule is to keep the important or core business tasks like product development, sales with you and outsource your administrative or online marketing activities which don’t require a direct interaction with customers.

Testing is Important – Time and again, we see providers who agree to complete the tasks within specified deadlines but then disappear.  And, if you are working on some important projects and outsource to chase tight deadlines, such providers can cost you your job too.  Never assign any important task to a new provider. Always do some demo projects with a new provider and if you are satisfied with their performance and turnaround time, upgrade them to real assignments.

You get what you pay for – This principle is true in Outsourcing world too.  Don’t prefer the cheapest providers just because they are cheap but don’t have any skills.  If you are not getting any results then you are just wasting your money irrespective of how cheap is the provider you’ve hired.

Communication is the key – Consistent communication with the hired providers is the key to success in outsourcing world.  Make sure that you communicate with your virtual providers in the same way you communicate with your office staff and keep an eye on the progress of your project.  Free tools like Skype and Yahoo IM provides you with an effective and easy way to interact with your virtual team.

So these are the four important things which according to me you should follow while outsourcing your operations.  Outsourcing is an art…the more you practice it, the better you’ll become.  Happy Outsourcing!

Roger Rae has managed the online marketing for Fortepromo, a Minnesota-based promotional products company, for over three years.

Outsourcing Haiku

Busy beaver newbs

Wise owl hoots to the minions

Your hammock awaits

Your Hammock Awaits!

Top 3 Internet Marketing Newbie Outsourcing Mistakes

You’re about to learn the 3 most common mistakes made by the internet marketing newbie when it comes to outsourcing!   Read on so you can avoid making them, and accelerate your online success…

Mistake #1:  Not Starting Soon Enough!

If there’s one common sentiment expressed by most online marketers who are successfully employing outsourcing in their business, it’s this:  “Why didn’t I start doing this a long time ago?”  Their amazement and delight at the “fruits of the outsource”, that wonderful combination of time saver and income accelerator, makes them really wonder how much further ahead their business would be if they’d only started much earlier!

The old stumbling blocks of fear and ignorance seem to be the culprit here.  The biggest fear is probably of getting “burnt”, ie. spending money and not getting results you expected.  Ignorance, or not knowing how, when, or where to outsource, can be the root cause of that fear.

Mistake #2:  Hiring The Cheapest Worker For Your Project

This is probably the biggest reason for some newbies getting “burnt”!   The old adage “you get what you pay for” certainly applies to outsourcing as much as most consumer purchases.   That’s not to say you can’t get good AND cheap help, I’m just sayin’ you might not want to always hire the “lowest bidder” without doing a little homework ;-).   Sites like Elance and Freelancer have a wide range of talent, so take a little time to get familiar with each site by going through their tutorials on how to evaluate a potential worker.

Mistake #3:  Focusing Too Much On “Project Outsourcing”

This is obviously related to Mistake #2 above.  Newbies tends to think in terms of “”Who can I hire to do this specific project for me?”  Then they’ll get that done, and move on to the next project and go thru the whole hiring process again with a different outsourced worker.  This can get to be a pain in the butt.  Now admittedly, what you are outsourcing can be directly related to whether you “project outsource”, or the alternative.  Software development would be a good example of something very suited for project work.

So what’s the alternative to hiring one project at a time?  Hire a full time worker!  You can train someone to do many of the tasks in your internet business.  They will become your dedicated help 30-40 hours a week, and it’s just amazing how you become the IDEA generator coming up with things to keep them busy!  Many of you already know that the current favorite area to hire these full time workers, for an average of only $250-500 a month, is the Philippines.

So there you have it.  Now that you’re armed with some working knowledge of the Top 3 Internet Marketing Newbie Outsourcing Mistakes, you can proceed in your online business with a bit more confidence and hopefully avoid making those mistakes yourself!

Don’t delay starting with your outsourcing.  Don’t always just hire the cheapest project bidder.  Don’t focus just on project outsourcing…seriously consider training a full time worker from the Philippines!

Outsourcing Your Sex Life…Pro’s and Con’s

Ha!  Figured that title would get your attention.  There probably are some things you just shouldn’t outsource…that may be one of them :-).  Amsterdam here we come?

Are you still an outsourcing virgin?  Shame on you.

I’m gonna make this real easy for you.  And cheap. 

Let’s pay someone less than $6 to write an article for us.  Go to this website NEED-AN-ARTICLE and submit a request.  Include these in your request:

1.  Keywords on subject/market you’ve been wanting to test.  Example:  Outsourcing Sex.

2.  Some specific examples of what should be included, ie. “Outsourcing Your Sex Life After 50…The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.”

3.  A URL to some similar content from the web.  example:   http://scribd.com/automatingsexover50.html (fictitious URL)

Once the pool of writers that sees your request get done laughing, one of them will accept the job.  Turn around time should be around 24 hours avg., depending on how much field research needs to be done LOL. (just kiddin’)

Now take that article and submit it to an article directory under a pen name to save your real reputation, and sit back and enjoy the flood of traffic you get from the over 50 crowd!

Aren’t you glad you saved your outsourcing virginity until now?