Outsourcing Benefits

While outsourcing becomes more popular these days, reading questions on forums and comments on blogs, many people still don’t see the outsourcing benefits.

You’ll enjoy your work much more if you can concentrate on what you’re best at and will be far less stressed at the end of the day.

As a result, you’ll be far more productive than if you try to do everything yourself! And that’s one of the biggest outsourcing benefits!

Another huge benefit is that outsourcing builds up your business much faster. And you develop quality relationships with the right, high standard quality people.

If you can grasp these two main outsourcing benefits, then what kind of work should you outsource?

Well, whatever you’re not good at or can’t quickly or efficiently do yourself or what others can do better and/or faster.

The outsourcing decision boils down to a comparison between your hourly rates and the outsourcing rates.

What’s your time worth? What’s your hourly rate?
If you can’t put a figure on one hour of your own work, then figure out how much you (want to) make in a year. Divide that by the number of hours you (want to) work (be realistic here) and there’s your hourly rate.
Can someone else do that cheaper or faster? If the answer is yes, then by all means outsource!

Some disciplines you can outsource are:

  • software developments and scripts/plugins
  • website development
  • writing
  • graphics
  • multimedia projects
  • seo services
  • back link services
  • social network representation
  • virtual assistance
  • affiliate management
  • product development
  • etc.

To summarize, typical outsourcing benefits are:

  • increase of productivity,
  • decreasing operation costs by hiring cheap labor,
  • any specific discipline, skill or technology is fully available, so you can extend your desires for your online business,
  • outsourcing can give your business a competitive advantage,
  • focus on core business, which, in the end, means…
  • save time and make more money!

Bottom line for outsourcing benefits is, that you can use outsourcing to scale up your business.

Of course outsourcing has some disadvantages too.

  • You don’t know about the quality of the freelancer. The only way to find out is try it. The famous trial-and-error method. Although you can minimize risks by getting a copy of a book as described below.
  • Of course the outsourcing has to be managed, which takes some time, attention and discipline.
  • And there may be language barriers, if you’re looking to outsource your work in foreign countries.

Of course you’re already familiar with outsourcing websites like guru.com, elance.com and rentacoder.com, but there are more specialized services available.

So which one is best for the service you’re looking for?

Brandon Tanner has a comparison of these very popular outsourcing websites.

outsourcing benefits guide

And, on top of that, he has typical prices and turn-around times for various projects like article writing, ebook creation, website development, copywriting, software and graphics development, voice over and transcriptions.

The guide also covers:
– Planning your website projects
– Planning your writing projects
– Planning your software projects
– The Hiring Process
– Testing outsources projects
– Dispute resolutions and
– other interesting chapters.

Take a look at this “Internet Marketer’s Guide To Outsourcing” if you’re convinced about the outsourcing benefits.
I read this guide in one sitting and liked it very much, which is why I added my affiliate link to it.
Wholeheartedly recommended!

How about you, do you outsource and if yes, what and what are your main benefits?
Post your comments below.




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25 thoughts on “Outsourcing Benefits

  1. Hiring people is always important to increase project’s target audience. However, one have to financially flexible before hiring any other as a helping hand. I really want to hire a people who can write about gadget in my blog but currently I don’t have that financial flexibility so I have to wait for right time.

    This is pretty useful guide and it will definitely going to help me in future. Don’t really want to buy a book now, internet is really a great place for necessary information about anything, all you need to know the place and must have good amount of time. 🙂

  2. Mukul Verma says:

    Here are some other benefits that I enjoy, I outsource to the Philippines

    * Free up your time, you take longer holidays and all process of business are fully functional
    * You have minimum of college/university education working for you at a couple dollars an hour
    * Have a worker who has little or no accent to service you and your customers
    * Control your business costs by having fixed monthly costs (no additional office supplies, benefits, luncheons, software etc)
    * Your Dedicated Representative has been trained in writing and reading English in grade school
    * Strong Work Ethics

    Cheers,
    Mukul

  3. Nessy Kalvo says:

    Outsourcing is definitely a good healthy attitude to leverage business but there are some barriers for some of us.
    Not always one can explain and describe his needs and requests the proper way.
    You talked on language barriers, well it is correct on both sides: the requester and the acceptor.

    Although I can describe my needs and I can even see the result in my mind, i do not know how to explain it to a person to help me. Getting an outsource assistance is a very good attitude as long as you have a very good relationship with the outsource – you can trust in full

  4. Sally says:

    Thanks for the interesting article. I can pick out one more benefit of outsourcing – it can help to create some new workplaces for people.
    http://www.fizber.com/

  5. Alexandri Flor - The Diva of Weight Loss says:

    I am a little concerned when it comes to outsourcing.

    For example, I would like to hire someone to just write articles. The quality articles I got were just horrific.

    How do you go about finding qualified people?

  6. Dave says:

    I tried outsourcing for the first time last week. THe experience was great. I got a rather large project completed that would have take me atleast a day, and several pots of coffee to complete, done for $15. I has several glitches, but I am now preparing another job to outsource and now that I am “experienced” I think it will go even smoother. I used RentACoder to hire this individual and couldn’t be happier.
    -DP

  7. Richard says:

    Effective outsourcing does indeed take the sting out of having to do all the work for yourself. Weeks can be compressed into days with effective outsourcing. Again as with any workable system there are those who are seeking the quick fix. Therefore take your time and discover the most reliable sources.Just listen to what the masses have to say. Doing this will save you time and money in the long haul.

  8. Rick Stiles says:

    Outsourcing can be great, but I urge people to start slow. Find a good company to work with and start converting piece by piece. There’s nothing worse than throwing your entire workload at an untested source.

    -Rick

  9. Anonymous says:

    outsoucing is very smart way for us to reduce our work pressure in order to concentrate on more urgent job.

  10. Paul Davis says:

    Thanks for the good article, Case. I have been considering outsourcing for a while now and you have convinced of the benefits of doing it.
    It would be great to focus more on what I’m best at and be more productive, as a result. Like Alexandri though, I’m concerned about the quality of the work produced.
    That WSO section of the Warrior forum sounds like a good place to get some quality feedback, as I think word-of-mouth appraisals are the best way to find decent people to outsource to. As Richard says, I think it’s best to take time to determine who would do the best job.

  11. Merissa Hartlin says:

    Yes outsourcing can help, you can get the development done for a fraction of the cost but you should only consider this if you are a strong technology background yourself to lead the development effort.

  12. Case Stevens says:

    Go to the WSO section of the Warriors forum.
    There are many offers from ghost writers, who can not afford terrible results if they want to stay in business.
    Most of these offers are reviewed and commented, so you can expect decent work.

  13. Case Stevens says:

    Great!
    Want to share, in general terms, how you found them Brandon?

  14. Anonymous says:

    We outsource some of our work however it is tough to have to depend on someone from another country to get the work done. It really depends on the type of work you are having that person do. Odesk is a great site that I use when outsourcing.

  15. Mike says:

    Finding good people to write articles is really hard, most of the time I got a bad writing quality.

  16. Tyrone says:

    Hi Case,

    Since I started outsourcing my work, gladly I’ve really have relieved headaches of spending 12 hours daily just to meet my own business requirements although I’ll also have to admit I’ve been to so much frustrations as well during those first times that I’m hiring my virtual staff. But today, it’s been convenient a lot.

    Thanks for the additional ideas!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Outsourcing has many advantages, nobody can deny that.
    Yet I like to “do stuff myself”.
    As said Michael, you are not always happy with the work, because nobody has the same point of view.
    In my country (Afghanistan), we have a common saying that is “you are never best served than by yourself”, and that is true in many cases.

    I use outsourcing on little projects, when I don’t have the time to do it myself.

  18. Kathy Dobson says:

    Outsourcing is a field that has recently come to my attention…specifically, outsourcing to the Philippines. Admittedly, I have not yet hired anyone, but I am determined to learn…even through my mistakes the secrets that it takes to make this work.

    I know this is the leverage I need to grow a business…much faster than I could ever grow one alone.

    Others are outsourcing to the Philippines with tremendous success…giving them the freedom that I am after.

    If they can learn it and implement it…then I can too 😉 I am not afraid of making a few mistakes…I am sure there will be a learning curve for me…and, I’ll just take the knowledge I gain from my “mistakes” and keep applying until one day I have a fine tuned working machine. 😉

    Thanks for the great post!

    Tenacious and determined 😉
    Kathy

    • Case Stevens says:

      That’s the spirit Kathy.
      Oh yes, I know at least one person who’s successful outsourcing to the Philippines, but he knows the country.
      Others aren’t as successful, but want to sell you a service there for a recurring commission.
      So yes, there IS a learning curve, but I’m sure with that state of mind you will succeed.
      Wishing you lots of success.

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