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How do you make the right choice for outsourcing?



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How do you make the right choice for outsourcing?

You know working for your self can be really easy and some times really annoying as there are certain things i am pretty sure that either you do not know how to do as good as you want or you just do not have the time to do. So you out source correct? How do you go about weeding out the proper options for the service you are looking to out source? You cant just go for any old thing you know. So i want to know from my fellow freelancers what are some steps you guys take when it comes to outsourcing? Choosing the right worker, service, etc.

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Cristian

I still have two guys on my payroll, I give them some non-important work to complete from time to time when I'm full. If you want to outsource I guess you also want to turn a profit around right?

So this means you won't be able to pay quality people to do quality work, because you'll keep rates down. So the way I see it is that you have no choice but to hire less skillful people but with a desire to learn and make money.
I did this with my guys. Trained them the first few times, lost some money and some clients, but I kept showing them the ropes and they eventually manage to complete a decent project on their own. Still lower quality than I hoped for, but nevertheless decent work that can I outsource.
In the end, I'm happy to turn a profit around and they're happy to earn money.



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MusicMoguls

wow that is really cool to hear man, honestly when i said out sourcing i just mean it as in reaching out for certain services that you know you would need help on but you managed to take it to another level you created the jobs for the people you choose to out source from and that is great true definition of a leader right there man respect it to the fullest, now you get great decent work with out breaking your pockets every one benefits especially if you have good workers. so i feel like you are really on to some thing man keep up the good work



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Cristian

Well yes, both them and I make a profit, but I need to expand, develop new services and campaigns. Problem is, such ideas are hard to come by...



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MusicMoguls

well that is great for you man as long as what ventures you are involved in are prospering i think that is all that matters people do spend time putting effort and money and time into things that are just a waste but you have manage to find some thing that works, as far as ideas just give it time continue doing what you are good at and something will find its way to the surface if any thing you might just want to keep an eye out by your area of work and who knows you might stumble across some thing you can branch off with . patience



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Corzhens

Did you pay your outsource during the time that you are training them? If not then I guess they are good people who are willing to learn and willing to work for you with dedication. Whenever I would hire an employee in our office, I am always looking for the attitude and not much on the knowledge because we can teach them the skills but we cannot teach them the right attitude especially towards work.



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idealmike

Well I would prefer not to outsource anything at all since you can't always rely on the quality of the work and that you will get it back done properly and on time. I mean, I've outsourced some work to people who have been consistent with their work and delivered on time. Then on using them again it's like I'm ordering from a completely new person and they didn't deliver on time and when they did it wasn't up to their usual quality. But that is the risk you must take when outsourcing. Sometimes you might end up wasting money and getting a job back done poorly or if at all. So it's something you have to shop around for until you can find that perfect someone that is a high quality worker that works hard, understand the value of business and your money and delivers consistent results time after time.

Also I would prefer not to outsource anything not just because of these reasons, but also because it means less money for me in that service that's being delivered that I'm outsourcing. Sometimes it's only a part of the service so that's fine. And sometimes I simply don't have the time to do all the work myself due to having many other orders to complete so in those cases, I simply have no choice but to "bite the bullet" and go with my gut instincts and put my faith and trust in that worker to deliver the work properly and on time too.

This comes down to experience. It's good if you've had the time to try out a lot of different people because it lets you see who is the weakest link and which ones are worth keeping and trying again so that when you do need to outsource all or part of your work, you can rest easier knowing that person is more likely to come through for you and not let you down. But as said above, even your most respected workers that you outsource to can let you down from time to time but that's just the nature of the business / freelancing and outsourcing. How do you make the right choice for outsourcing?



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MusicMoguls

i can really feel were you are coming from you know you pay for a certain service and at first every thing runs smooth and things are going really great but when you come back for the second time to go for the same service to be done so it is like ok now you are wondering what happened to the person who took care of things the first time people tend to slack off when they feel they have a consistent buyer if they feel comfortable enough they feel it is ok to not go as hard as the first time



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idealmike

Yeah that could be what it is! People do get complacent and start taking things for granted. Hey, we're all guilty of doing that! It's just that some of us can recognize when we're crossing that line and some people can't and think oh it's alright, this person is going to buy from me again and again. And if I need their service I may buy it again but if it keeps getting worse and worse and the quality suffers more each time I will definitely consider using someone else and never order from them again. This has happened a few times in fact and then after a while they usually come back to me saying hey why you no order from me!? LOL



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MusicMoguls

yea definitely , and you know it is the worst when you have to go through that it really is, i feel like have went through the exact same situations we are talking about a few times before , it does not help any thing or any body if some body that you have worked with before decided that when it came to doing it again the second time or third time around that you know is not going to perform the same, and i agree every one tends to do that here and there i know i try to ctch my self as best as possible



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Lynne

I haven't outsourced much work, I have only purchased a few SEO packages here.

I first search for services I am interested in and check the pricing and the details in the description. I ignore all services that are badly written or that are too expensive or too cheap.

Then I check out the sellers. I like to see that they have a good rating and I just check out their profile. If I am interested I will send a private message and chat to them about my websites and the services I am needing. I like to get a feel for the person.

Once I have decided to try someone out I order a small service first that I can monitor the quality of work and how the seller engages with me.

I am soon about so start outsourcing some content writing, which I am quite excited about. I have spent a lot of time vetting sellers and I have made my choice. I am going to start off slowly and see how it goes.



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MusicMoguls

I like that Lynne you take you time i know to many people personally that are quick to jump the gun and just go with what ever looks good at first sight and you know that can some times be a major set back , it is not always good to go with what you see first and some one who values her options is definitely on the right path, i try to do the same you know when searching for a service i try to make sure i get the best of the best for my buck and truthfully that is what it is all about.



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TommyCarey

I outsource a lot since I have a ton of work to do each day. With every client I gain I have to outsource something because if I didn't, I would fall behind in work and a lot of people would be pissed since their campaigns aren't hitting the milestones I set.

Usually I'll outsource my content creation so that I can focus on the harder stuff like on page optimization and off page optimization. Usually they won't access a clients website and write content, I'll do that to avoid random people logging into the clients server. I will have them write up dozens of optimized articles that I'll use for the content marketing and sub page creation on the clients website. Sometimes I'll have my writers do some off page optimization for me in terms of blog posting, forum posting, article marketing, etc.

If I'm going out of town I'll have a friend, who is also in the SEO and Online Marketing field, do the work for me. Sometimes I'll pay him, but usually he does it for free because I help him out a lot with his clients in the same way. If he's busy, I'll take over and guide his campaigns in the right direction.

Picking freelancers to do this with is extremely tough. There are a lot of people out there offering the same services, but not all of them do a great job. I'll usually check their over all rating, check their other services, and check the top 20 reviews on each service since you can get a really good idea of who a person is from strangers talking about them in public How do you make the right choice for outsourcing?

Bookmark a few for each of your outsourcing needs, contact them all and see how quick they respond. Filter your list down to the top 3 per section and then buy their services for buffer pages. Watch the rankings and comb through the reports to see who was the best How do you make the right choice for outsourcing?



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MusicMoguls

well i mean in your case it makes a lot of sense to out source as much as you do you know i can not knock you for the amount of out sourcing it really sounds to me like you are swamped in all honesty , and you know if out sourcing really helps get the jobe done and you are fully aware of what you are doing and how things are getting things done and how it is managed the by all means take advantage of every thing as long as you are making you are not taking losses i think it is ok



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EliteWriter

Despite the fact that I have days where I am bombarded with work, and some of the stuff is not something that I specialize much in and so I need to spend a longer time researching and so on, I still have decided not to outsource ever again. From past experiences I have had with people who I tried to work with, I have come to the conclusion that most of the time I still end up proofreading, checking and editing the work, and so it is not worthwhile. It is better I do it right teh first time on my own.



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idealmike

That's a good point and one that I've just made. There are times when a client of mine is super fussy and very high demanding and requires only excellent first class work to be done and expect this because it's what's been delivered to them before. If I want to keep that client happy and come back again, I need to make sure that his delivered work is high quality work and outsourcing it to someone I can't be sure of that! And even if I do, I also find myself proof reading it and going over it and adding my own spin or touch to it to improve it. Like I've said before; sometimes if you want a job done properly, you have to do it yourself! How do you make the right choice for outsourcing?



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MusicMoguls

yea i agree there are always going to be times were you have found your self a client who only wants the absolute best and you have to deliver especially if it means big business recommendations etc , and it is times like these that out sourcing may not be your best bet at all , some times to get that high quality work you are looking a round for you need to be the one to take the time too deliver your self that high quality work , as you said i deal mike you have to do it your self if you want it done right



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EliteWriter

Yes and you can never be sure that whoever you assign the work to has made a good job of it, because at times research was needed, and chances are he did not do it, or let's say there were numerous areas to be covered and he just skimmed over a few of them while leaving out many details. Outsourcing is something that does not seem to work well for content writing because believe me the market is filled with sellers who call themselves writers but even in the first sentence they write you notice that they most definitely are not cut out to write.



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MusicMoguls

yea and you know that can understandable , who would not think like that after dealing with two bad experiences i like how you mention that you take the time to go out your way and even go as to research if you have to i am not even going to lie man i do the exact same thing so i agree completely i do not really out source much i can usually take the time to learn what i have to in order to get a specific job done and if i can it done then i do not see why not do it myself.



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anjalienbake

To be honest, all of us have our own experiences while outsourcing. If you are look forward to it, do read the ultimate guide for ourtsourcing. I am sure, it would be helpful for you. This guide will give you a good idea about whom should you outsource your business. You need to take many things into consideration including manpower, resources, budget, etc.



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