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Work from Home Success Program – outsourcing

Work from Home Success Program Module 2, Part 7 – outsourcing

Welcome back to the Work from Home Success Program! We’re now on Part 7 of Module 2, skipping Parts 5 and 6 because they were about time-saving software and apps that boost productivity and some of the content is now outdated.

In this module I refer to Elance and oDesk, which have both been absorbed into Upwork. Life moves quickly on the internet! You could also take a look at Freelancer and peopleperhour. And for small jobs there’s Fiverr where you can get creative and technical jobs done for just $5.

There’s a lot to think about before outsourcing, even if the jobs you want doing appear very small and straightforward. They may be second nature to you, but you need to explain very clearly to someone else what to do and how to do it.

Especially if English isn’t their first language. The rates charged by freelancers and VAs in places like India and the Philippines may look appealing, but there’s a language and culture difference to bridge. In fact you may not be dealing with a freelancer at all, but a large service firm that will pass the work onto a member of staff.

I hope this video will give you some idea of how to plan for outsourcing. It will take some time and effort to set up, but once you’re up and running, you’ll get the benefit of extra time and brainpower to focus on the work you like best and brings you the most profit.

Let us know if you’ve already tried outsourcing, or if you’re a VA and would like to share your own tips for working with clients.

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