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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KayL Premium
This was of great help! Exactly what i was looking for! Thank you so much Nathaniel!
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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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nathaniell Premium
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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Marcus1978 Premium
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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Marcus1978 Premium
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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nathaniell Premium
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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SamiWilliams Premium
Thanks for the information. I will try to use wisely.
Sami
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dickw Premium
Tremendous information and laid out very nicely.You never disappoint. Thanks Nathaniell.
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JewelCarol Premium
Very good tutorials, I recently used fiverr for a cartoon image of myself and I am well-pleased although the guy took about 9 days to finish it. Thanks so much for yr valuable input, Nathaniel, appreciate a lot. ;))
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AlexEvans Premium
Hi Nathaniell Your tutorial has demystified the process of outsourcing . Think I will start doing some smaller projects , and see how it goes . Thanks for sharing.
Alexander
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markmartin1 Premium
Very good advice that i can personally say is right on.Oh by the the way nathan Henry Ford is my hero!! lol have a good one
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HoJo007 Premium
Hey Nathaniel,

There is so much EXCELLENT advice here and even more truth I can relate to in your experience.

It's funny because you hear "gurus" talk about outsourcing sometimes as if it is some sort of incredibly easy, no-brainer solution to getting ten times the amount of work done for pennies on the dollar.

However, you touch on so much reality. One of the most important being to remember that they do not care about your business as much as you do and always make sure that you set up those check-points and do your research on the quality of their work. There is nothing more frustrating than outsourcing articles and getting back a mess of words that are not optimized or "claim" to be "optimized" for your keywords because they used the three words you suggested exactly three times within the content.

Outsourcing can go wonderfully and can save a ton of time and money, but just like you said, it's crucial to take your time and do it the right way. Essentially, treat the importance of this task or job as importantly as you would take any other. You will find that the research and time are well worth it when you find a few great resources that you can count on to deliver the quality that you want and understand the job that you are looking to have complete.

Great information that I hope a lot of people will follow and definitely some great reminders I will certainly be using. All the best and much success to you!

Howie
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nathaniell Premium
Thank you for the praise and insightful comment Howie...let's hope it's just one strike against the gurus taking people's money and wasting their time with bad advice
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larryf20865 Premium
MMilligan sent me over.
Thanks for the info and your time.

Larry
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HarryK1 Premium
Thanks Nathaniell, for the advice on this subject.
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BrianHiker Premium
Thanks for the post and the reference sites.
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Dmorrow Premium
You're right, outsourcing can be tricky business. Best to know exactly what you're getting before jumping in to that.
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dj-drea Premium
This is just what I wanted to know about, thanks for the info :)
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Prestones Premium
Thanks Nathaniell!

I've taken my time reading this, then reread it and bookmarked it. There's even more value in the comments you've stirred up - much appreciated!

Dennis
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boomergp08 Premium
Great post Brewmeister. :) As someone who writes content for other people's websites and blogs my prices do fluctualte per word depending on who I am writing for, what I am writing about, how much research needs to be done, and turnaround time.

I used to charge only 5 cents per word but found many saying they would have paid more. I guess I undercut myself. lol So now my range is 5-10 cents per word. Normally I am the type that will charge less for someone I know and especially if I know that I will do more than a couple of pieces of work for them.

As someone who likes to write, gee you could never tell based on how much I write here at WA and for others, the outsource market is huge but also has a lot of low quality writers in my opinion. If I wasn't such a control freak when it comes to my content, I probably would outsource too.
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johnwnewman Premium
Great post Nathaniell. I have used Fiverr for a few graphic jobs and have generally been pleased with the results. I am not sure I like the idea of hiring someone else to write articles for me though!
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olivingstone Premium
Fantastic post nathaniell! I paid for an article from fiverr. I gave good enough feedback but only 3 stars. The writer then emailed me and said that I had made a mistake and that I should have left 5!!! Cheek!

I replied and told her that the content she provided me with was copied pieces from other sites and that I only mean to give 3. I copied text from the content and I did various google searches only to find the same text on other sites... So I had to write it myself in the end.

I think that fiverr is good but only if you find a good writer and some of the good ones take a log time to deliver (because they are good and have a lot of orders). Perhaps people should take this into consideration! If someone says they can deliver on 24hrs - it might not be the best quality...
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LisB247 Premium
I have not thought of outsourcing as it sounds like an expensive and scary prospect. Your tutorial really helps to make sense of hire someone.

I have bookmarked this tutorial for future reference when I feel ready to take on some help
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CherylFL Premium
I already have another Niche so I will build my first website this week I just have to understand how we add product to the site I guess it will fall into place
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CherylFL Premium
Would truly enjoy someone beside me to work with Nathaniell as it can be such a comfort but I will just have to settle for all information from the Internet and communicating with all of the members
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WouterdeHaas Premium
Very useful tutorial to me as I have been looking to outsource work for my offline business recently.

In my field of profession it is good practice to work with briefings (a detailed description of the job you want done and what it should accomplish for your business) and debriefing (contractor replies to brief, showing [hopefully] that he/she understands what needs to happen and proposes how to go about it).

For bigger projects there is excellent software available nowadays, that makes projectmanagement a walk in the park. I recently started working with Basecamp: https://basecamp.com/ and am liking it a lot.
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solidbase Premium
Thank you for sharing this with us Nathaniell.
Much appreciated.
-Theuns
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Newguru Premium
This tutorial really couldn't have come at a better time for me. Thanks Nathaniell
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sSchovajsa Premium
You are so right Nathaniel! Also, don't trust your business with just anyone. If you can't afford someone who knows what they are doing it seems that it would be much better just doing it yourself.
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Martstervt Premium
Very good advice,we are always presented with offers of help.

Mostly I would rather say no and investigate any interest I have.

Asking the WA community can save a lot of grief,I have outsourced

after investigation and was pleased.I also have jumped into stuff too

soon and regretted it. Marty
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edtay78 Premium
Thanks for sharing your own experience Nathaniell. Bookmarked this training for future use.
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nathaniell Premium
Yeah, it's a long one. Best to read when you are ready to outsource :)
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spg Premium
Hi
Makes me think on how I want to keep pursuing the future of my websites on what direction to follow.

Thank you Have a great day!
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JohnCWS Premium
This is a fantastic mini-training on Outsourcing - Great job Nate. One of the better training modules I've seen floating around lately. Good info and laid out nicely for even the newest person wanting to get involved with it.
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nathaniell Premium
Thanks man, I appreciate it. There used to be an awesome webinar from Jay on this topic but it disappeared after one of the updates.
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JohnCWS Premium
Ugh, That's a damn shame then. Maybe Jay will see this and plan on doing a newer, updated version of one then. Outsourcing can be an important step down the road when you start seeing profits.

Anyone wanting to start a business (not just making a few profits here and there on a niche site) Will soon come to realize that at some point in time, Your business will out-grow you.. and you will need help.

Unless you start hiring employee's and incorporate your business, Outsourcing is the next best option. Even the smallest of things like you mentioned with graphics, articles, or even coding.
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Funkydunc208 Premium
Hi Nathaniel. Great training. I am researching the freelancer side also as a means to broaden income streams. I am registered with Upwork and Freelancer and see a lot of job instructions that are vague and lack detail. Non-native English speakers are applying for jobs that clearly state native speakers. Interesting.
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nathaniell Premium
Many people just don't pay attention. You have to sift through the clutter to find what you want. If you offer quality services, people will find you. As a native English speaker, you definitely have the advantage for higher paying jobs. As a member of WA with affiliate training, you also have the advantage of having some marketing skills to show off.
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LucindaF Premium
Thanks for this Nathaniall but I really can't afford to outsource and it looks as if it might be more work trying to find someone than to actually write the stuff yourself. I will just keep plodding along slowly and, I hope, surely.
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markstrayer Premium
Henry Ford: " Think & Grow Rich" was the book.
The powers to be thought he was incompetent to run Ford Motors.They took him to court and started firing all these questions at him when he was put on the stand.

He responded by saying "gentleman why would I want clog my head with all that information. I just lean over to my desk and push a button and someone will promptly come in and answer the question"

The Judge declared that this wasn't a man that was incompetent. This was a man that was Genius.

I never forgot that reading :)

Thanks you Nathaniel I bookmarked this for future study. SO Great!!!!
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nathaniell Premium
I think Napoleon Hill wrote that book, but maybe that's where I remember the quote from.
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markstrayer Premium
He did but there was a chapter about ford is what I was referring to.
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trendygirl Premium
Thanks Nathaniel, very good advice even I thought of out sourcing first . but now no .I will try to learn slowly and build my business step by step.
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roamy Premium
Thanks Nathaniel, very useful, l have gone wrong before while trying to outsource.
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Judy-B Premium
Will bookmark to save for further study. Thanks. :)
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idobarnoam Premium
Thanks Nathaniell.
Very informative and useful.
would keep this for later use.
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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 .
Bill
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RobVallair Premium
Thanks Nathaniel. Real good ideas!
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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. :)
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coach1993 Premium
Did you get an answer to your question?
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SarahAnt Premium
Not yet - but I am sure I can figure it out....! ;-)
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Chessie Premium
Thanks so much for doing this lesson for us beginners. I certainly need all the help I can get. By the way, your apostrophes come out the same as mine. Is there a solution to this do you know?
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KatieMac Premium
it might be to do with your font
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Chessie Premium
Hi Katie, Thanks for the reply. The strange thing is the draft is fine but it's when it's published it goes weird Ches.
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KatieMac Premium
Are you writing your stuff on a word application and transferring it or are you doing it straight onto your website, I know when wordpress up dated lately there was a few issues if it continues and no one can come up with a solution perhaps consider changing your theme or put in a support ticket
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Chessie Premium
I've had this problem in the past writing to friends and decided rtf files didn't help so always use plain text but it still seems to happen but only with the WA profile blogs. If I write directly in blog area, it doesn't happen. Thanks for your advice, much appreciated. Ches
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KatieMac Premium
oh sometimes there is some quirky code transferring over content, I have to say I tend just to do it direct on blog
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nathaniell Premium
I had this problem because I wrote it as .rtf (rich text) then transferred over. I thought I fixed them all...do you still see them? Which page?

If you are having trouble, try typing in a .txt (plain text) file.
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Chessie Premium
There's a bit just above CODING on page 2. I'm bringing anything in as plain text on my profile blogs but still, apostrophes particularly, go weird. Resigned to doing my next blog directly from now on. Ches
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