Table of Contents
- Introduction 5
- Outsourcing’s Good Name 6
- Chapter Summaries 7
- Chapter 1 – How Do You Know It Is Time To Outsource? 9
- Defining Outsourcing 9
- What Outsourcing Does For Companies 10
- How Do You Know If You Need To Outsource? 13
- Core Concepts Underlying Outsourcing 15
- Finding The Right People 16
- Building Strong Relationships 16
- Managing Your Team 17
- Chapter Summary 18
- Chapter 2 – Overview of Outsourcing 19
- Your Outsourcing Goals 19
- Creating A Committed Work Environment 21
- Feedback 21
- Communication 22
- Tips for Improving Team Performance 23
- Chapter Summary 25
- Chapter 3 – Outsourcing Writing, Programming And Other Job Roles 26
- Why Outsource At All? 26
- Where To Find Contractors 28
- How Does It Work? 29
- Writing 32
- Hiring Honest Workers 33
- Copyright Terms 34
- Plagiarism 35
- What To Do If You Find A Contractor “Cheated.” 36
- Software And Programmers 37
- How To Pick The Best Programmer 37
- Non-Disclosures and Contracts – Protecting Your Software And Coding 38
- General Tips For Outsourcing 40
- Chapter Summary 42
- Chapter 4 – Outsourcing FAQ’s 43
- General Outsourcing FAQ’s 43
- Trade secrets, Copyrights, and Patents 45
- Outsourcing Do’s and Don’ts 46
- Conclusions 48
Unless you live in a closet, then chances are you have heard of the term outsourcing. More and more independent business owners, Internet marketers and other entrepreneurs are finding outsourcing job roles the key to their continuing success. While some view outsourcing negatively, others consider outsourcing as a possibility for greater productivity, efficiency and competitive success.
When it comes to outsourcing, many secrets can help you gain a competitive advantage over your competition. This book will reveal many secrets you can adopt to ensure successful relationships with independent contractors, or the people you outsource job roles too.
First, let us talk about one secret most people need to know to embark on successful outsourcing relationships. The single most important secret of outsourcing is this: To outsource job roles successfully, you must create a successful team. Your team’s goals, objectives, and purpose should align with your strategic objectives and mission. Sounds easy right? Think you can now toss this book and outsource successfully? Think again.
Outsourcing is a lot more complicated than simply building a team. While it IS important that you build a strong team of individuals to work with you, outsourcing involves much more than simple team building. So clap yourself on the back. You now know one of the more important secrets there is to know about outsourcing. Now you have to learn more. You have to know how to select and build members of your team and ensure you align your goals with theirs. When you pick a successful team and align your goals, you are more likely to experience success or gain a competitive advantage in the field.
There is much information currently available on outsourcing. Some are factual and other information is misleading. How do you tell fact from fiction?
The good news is you have come to just the right place to learn everything you need to know to make outsourcing work for you. If you are reading this book then you want to learn tips and tactics for successfully outsourcing work, whether you are a small business owner, large company or individual. You may feel interested in outsourcing book writing or software creation and web design.
This book will prove invaluable to Internet Marketer’s interested in saving time by outsourcing certain job roles. Most Internet Marketer’s key skill area or area of expertise, s marketing. Thus, they spend 80% of their time performing this key role.
That leaves 20% of their time for other tasks they may not be adept at. This book will also prove valuable for independent business owners, small business owners, individuals and even large businesses interested in outsourcing to help maximize their time and efficiency.
Outsourcing’s Good Name
While outsourcing sometimes garners a bad name, realistically speaking outsourcing is one of the smartest steps a business owner can make to help improve their efficiency and the time they spend working. The key is understanding how to create successful relationships with the people you outsource with and work with daily.
Many marketers and other independent entrepreneurs working in modern times are learning to associate outsourcing with multiple benefits, restoring its good name if you will. When outsourcing first popped onto the scene, many business owner’s viewed it skeptically. They focused on negative reports of outsourcing experiences gone badly. Many associated outsourcing with poor quality work environments or products.
Today however, outsourcing is gaining a reputation for delivering good quality materials and services at reasonable rates. Outsourcing can help business owners expand their knowledge base and create a winning, efficient and motivated team.
This book will help you understand why outsourcing deserves its good name, and help you learn some essential rules to follow when outsourcing to ensure the best possible experience.
Before diving in, let us review some of the information we plan to cover in this book. This will help you specifically if you are looking for information about a specific outsourcing topic. Feel free to jump ahead, but make sure you read each chapter carefully to get the most out of this guide.
Chapter 1 – How Do You Know It Is Time To Outsource?
This chapter will help define the advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing, and help you decide when the time is right to outsource job roles. You can also use this chapter to help you decide what types of job roles you should outsource to others and those you should not.
Chapter 2 – Overview of Outsourcing
This chapter will provide you with a review of key points when it comes to outsourcing. Important ideas to gain from this chapter include, “You get what you pay for” and tip for selecting competent writers, not those that necessarily bid the lowest. You will also learn how to resolve issues with freelance or contract workers, and what steps you can take to oversee with work of contractors without micromanaging. Other topics covered include ownership of copyrights, and a discussion of the feedback rating system on sites. Are feedback ratings faked? We’ll see. Learn more.
Chapter 3 – Writing, Programming, and Other Job Roles
This chapter will focus on outsourcing writing, software and other important job roles. You will learn what to look for when selecting contractors to work on outsourced projects, and how contractor sites including Elance.com and Guru.com can help you outsource easily and safely. You will also learn the steps you must take to protect yourself from copyright violations. Other material covered includes how to ensure a contractor offers you original material, and not plagiarized material, and what steps you can take if you do find the information you received from a writer is not original.
You will also learn information on selecting the best web programmer to work with you. This chapter will also talk about what to look for in a good contractor, tips for creating nondisclosure and other forms of protection.
Chapter 4 – Outsourcing FAQ
Here you will find answers to your most pressing questions about outsourcing. Be sure to bookmark this page for future reference! We’ll also provide you with a brief Outsourcing “do’s” and “don’ts” category to ensure your best possible chance for success on your journey toward outsourcing.
Let us now take some time to explore each of these chapters in more detail. Remember, the information presented in this guide will help you make smart choices when outsourcing important job tasks to others.