049 How to Outsource Your Online Business the “Right Way”

By Leslie Samuel | Podcasts

Nov 17

Growing your business can mean more work, and more stuff to accomplish. Sometimes, there just doesn’t seem to be enough time for everything. Well, it's not any reason to panic nor should you feel overwhelmed.

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I share today how outsourcers have helped me accomplish the stuff that I do in a pretty manageable way allowing me to accomplish more tasks than I can do on my own. With the growing followers I have on both of my sites, here at Learning with Leslie and at my Interactive-Biology website, I knew I needed to get some extra hands.

overwhelmed by techYou’ll need to decide on your goals for outsourcing and what you’ll want to outsource. Also, searching for the right outsourcer is vital to be able to accomplish all your tasks.

I believe that there is no ONE RIGHT WAY to all these. All our online businesses may be different and may need to be handled in different ways, but at some point, there will be some overlaps as to what works for all of us.

It may seem risky knowing that you're dealing with people you've never seen, which is why I share with you in this episode some steps you need to take before hiring someone.
Here are other points I've tackled in this podcast to help you with outsourcing:

  • Setting your outsourcing Goals.
  • Deciding what needs to be outsourced.
  • Where to find outsourcers.
  • How to choose the right outsourcers and how to manage them.
  • Manuals and tools used with outsourcing.

Outsourcers are a great help only if you know how and where to find one and how to manage them. Outsourcers are indeed a valuable part of your growing online business, too.

Resources Mentioned in this Episode

  • Evernote — how I share my documents with my outsourcer.
  • Wunderlist — where I type in my outsourcers' tasks to be accomplished.
  • Lastpass— how I manage and share my password with my outsourcer.
  • Dropbox — where I store and share files.
  • oDesk — where I find the best outsourcers available to work on specific tasks.
  • Outsourcing Manuals — a sample of manuals that I use for instructing outsourcers how to go about their tasks.
  • Saif says:

    Very awesome and informative podcast. Thanks for sharing.
    Saif

  • Andrea says:

    Hi Leslie,
    thank you for sharing the information as well as the manuals!

    Do you know if there is a guide as how to share passwords with lastpass? Or rather give access to a VA without giving the “real” passwords behind. I think you have the masterpassword and your VA gets a second one, is that right?

    And, yes, Wunderlist is a German company/ product. Your pronunciation is very good 🙂

    Cheers, Andrea

    • It’s actually quite simple Andrea. From in your LastPass Vault, you just click on “share” on the account you’re trying to share, then enter the email address of the person you’re sharing it with. Once they install Lastpass, then they can log in with your password using LastPass.

      The good thing is that although it’s the same password, they don’t get to see what it is (unless you give them the permission).

      Glad my German pronunciation is good. I guess my 6 months in Germany paid off 😀

  • Alexis says:

    Awesom episode Leslie. I heard about oDesk before but I didn’t put myself into outsourcing yet. I guess I’ll take advantage of it now that I know the right way.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Oh, I LOVE oDesk (no exaggeration). I’ve found great people to work with there and have had a lot of success with it. Outsourcing is definitely VERY helpful. It helps you do much more than you can do on your own (and much better, if you do it the right way). Wishing you all the best Alexis 🙂

  • Andrea says:

    Hi Leslie, thanks for talking about oDesk – I am giving it a try. It`s amazing how many people reply… Now it`s all about finding the right person to work with.

  • Vaughn says:

    Great blog! One question… How do you make that great ripped page effect for the pics in your manuals? Do you snap a pic of WordPress for example then export it to Photoshop for editing? Thanks in advance!

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  • Hi Leslie,
    I’ve been using Dropbox for a while now but having terrible problems with it mucking up my pivot tables and formulas.  Don’t know if you have had complex analysis spreadsheets in dropbox.  Someone just recommended box.com have you had any experience with this one? Cheers Deb
    Also I just emailed you the KPI Scorecard template ideas

    • @Debbie Burgermeister That’s very strange Debbie. I’ve never heard of that happening. And no, I’ve never used Box.com so I can’t comment on it.
       
      Thanks for the KPI Scorecards. I will check them out.

  • Lisa Nelson says:

    Great episode.  I’m going to make this happen in 2013!

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