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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viyee Premium
Hi Nathaniell, Thank you so much for the tutorial. great advice and thank you for your time. Very helpful!
I have bookmarked this tutorial for future reference when I feel ready to take on some help
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nwagra15 Premium
Hi Nathaniell, Thanks for such a useful advice.
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Kipps Premium
This is a great contribution and the noble spirit of pay-it-forward. I appreciate it 100%. Thanks Nathaniell.
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blubutterfly Premium
Hi Nathaniel, what details do I give a Fiverr person that I have hired to get into my website?
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Sirio Premium
I normally create a separate user for them in WordPress, and then you give them the WordPress login details...

But it depends what they have to do for you..?
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dcart87 Premium
This is a great article.
Outsourcing is something I really need to consider - I have around 40 posts on my site after 6 weeks, and while the quality is pretty good, I just can't meet the volume I need.
For example, some of the other websites in my niche are producing 5-8 articles per day!
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StefanC Premium
Hi Nathaniel, this month and the next will be quite difficult for me. I was writing 2 articles a week but because of course works and examinations for uni, I will have to reduce to 1. I think it will not impact the performance of my website, even because it has not decent performance at all at this point. Lol I was considering paying just for 1 or 2 articles. The price is fair, but i don't know if it is worth at the moment. I want high quality for 1000 words at least. let's see
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Taking a break and doing 1 per week instead of 2 will be fine, and not impact your website at all (in my opinion). Still, it's a great opportunity to test your outsourcing skills. Let us know how it goes!
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StefanC Premium
Thank you so much Nathaniel! I think I will just leave it for now and consider it as a break... I need one! :)
All the best
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EdyIsChandra Premium
Thanks for sharing this Nathaniell.
I am now looking for a ghost writer. Would you advice having them sending their work through emails or straight giving them access to some sections inside my Wordpress dashboard?
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RonCramer Premium
Thanks!
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holidays43 Premium
Great thanks!
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Thanks for creating this training Nathaniell. It's definitely got me thinking...
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mechidor Premium
Hi Nathaniel , is Text Broker a good place to outsource?
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SIMON-H-UK Premium
I hope my opinion here is not unwelcome, but I wrote for the British TextBroker site for a few weeks in the Summer of 2013 - I think you'll find that the overall standard of work produced there is far from great.
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I used to write for Text Broker too. There are different levels of quality, so maybe you get what you pay for?

The one advantage of somewhere like Text Broker is that there is no need for interviews. You just request articles done to a particular standard. If someone is assessed as being at that standard, they can write your article.
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mechidor Premium
Good to know,thank you Marcus :)
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Rlchard Premium
Excellent advice on the subject, this is the first I have heard of this besides on 4 hour work week. It sounds great. Im going to try images and logos and see how that goes.

I have a question for anyone interested, when someone is working on your site, do you give them access to your wordpress account? It doesn't mention this in the article and I'm wondering if someone was to do a lot of work, or a large project is that how's it's done?

Thanks
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jimbrown131 Premium
I actually outsource a lot of work as well as do a lot of work on WordPress Websites. Typically, I will set up an admin account for my oursourcer (and vice versa) and then delete the user when the project is complete.
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Rlchard Premium
When outsourcing logos I shouldn't need to make an account I just give them the size I need? What would you recommend?
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Depends on how much help you need. I just tell them the size I want and they don't need an admin acct. If you don't know what size you need an want help getting the logo on your site they they will need an admin acct to get into your site and put the logo up for you.
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Rlchard Premium
Great! Thanks
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mr3dds Premium
Was very helpful
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Harrysastar2 Premium
Good advice Nathaneill, but newbies need to be aware that outsourcing scams are just as common as any other scams online and need to do due diligence.
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holidays43 Premium
Great posting !
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