Outsourcing work is something a lot of us hear about in our research about how to build online businesses. You may have read 'The 4 Hour Work Week', or seen on someone's blog about how they have writers and coders do all the work for them while they vacation in Bali.

Hiring contractors to take care of part of your business can definitely lighten your work load. Best of all, it means your business becomes more scalable, meaning that you can get more work done, but actually spend less time doing it.

Outsourcing done right can help you grow your income significantly. However, outsourcing done wrong can be a huge money pit. I've wasted thousands of dollars on projects things over the years that made me think afterwards, "Wow, I could be $1000 richer right now and my business would be no different." At the same time, I've spent money on things that made me think, "OMG I'm so glad I spent money paying someone else to do that."

The main two pieces of advice for anyone thinking that they want to start outsourcing some work is:

  1. As a business owner, you need a plan. A contractor will not build your business for you
  2. Start slowly, especially if you are on a budget.

I know there's a quote floating around about how Henry Ford said that he didn't have to know everything to be successful and he just had to hire the right people to get the job done. There's some truth to that. But as a complete newbie to online business, it's also very easy to spend money on stuff you don't understand, and therefore cannot provide clear instructions about.

Plus, I'm sure lots of you will start out hiring from the cheap labor pool rather than the professionals, so it's very important that you have a clear idea of what you want, and how much it's worth to you.

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Judy-B Premium
Will bookmark to save for further study. Thanks. :)
idobarnoam Premium
Thanks Nathaniell.
Very informative and useful.
would keep this for later use.
BillLuhrs Premium
This is an excellant article on outsourcing . Take care on who you hire and engage them in your requirements . Use the terms in training.
1. Tell what you require
2.ask for their interpretation of what you require
3. Ask what they will actually provide.
Outsourcing can he fun and once you master the process it will save on a whole bunch of time ,effort and heartbreak .
RobVallair Premium
Thanks Nathaniel. Real good ideas!
SarahAnt Premium
Thanks Nathaniell. Some good pointers here that will get me on my way. I've been thinking of outsourcing writing for a few weeks while I get over some time challenges. You say you don't use fiverr for writing? Who is your go-to place for articles? In terms of clear instructions, can you give some ideas of what things are a must to be in the instructions once you award a job? Thanks so much.

Sarah. :)
coach1993 Premium
Did you get an answer to your question?
SarahAnt Premium
Not yet - but I am sure I can figure it out....! ;-)