How to Get OTHER People to Grow Your Business and Make You More Money

How to Get OTHER People to Grow Your Business and Make You More Money

The above image says it all… “Work Smarter, NOT Harder!”

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for working hard, but with only 24 hours in a day, there’s only so far that working hard will take you.

That’s where working SMART comes into play.

If you really want to grow your business to unimaginable levels, then leveraging other people’s time through outsourcing is the way to go.

Outsourcing frees you up to tackle more vital and exciting things – like actually running your business!

There are so many different things that you can outsource… like those boring tasks you hate or the things you’re just flat out no good at.

Here are just a few things you might consider outsourcing…

  • content creation
  • software development
  • link building
  • design (blog, web site, logo, etc.)
  • keyword research
  • customer support
  • social media marketing
  • copywriting

So Why Outsource at All?

Like I mentioned, outsourcing allows you to leverage other people’s time and get more things done each day.

Outsourcing some of your workload can also have a number of benefits, some of which are not readily apparent.

Let’s look at the top 7 reasons why companies and individuals outsource work…

1. There’s no need to have a dedicated staff member for rarely used skills

This is probably the most obvious reason to use outsourcing services. If the skill you require is a niche skill that’s rarely used, then employing someone to fill that gap can be unnecessarily expensive.

Unless you can find other work for them to do, it can lead to situations where employees are sitting around with nothing to do for much of their time.

Even if you’re paying more per hour for the outsourced work, it can often work out cheaper in the long run.

2. Cutting down on training costs

Training can be expensive. In fact, it’s often one of the biggest costs when it comes to employing people in technical and highly-skilled roles.

Training doesn’t stop at the college or university level.

Technical skills usually require additional training as methods and equipment become obsolete over time and new developments in technology come along.

3. Avoiding skill fade

If any task is not done for long enough, the person whose job it is can begin to suffer from skill fade. Which basically means they are out of practice.

Someone who carries out a task on an irregular basis will not be as “sharp” as someone who does that task all day, every day.

An outsourced task will likely be done by someone who is doing it constantly, all day, for months or sometimes years on end.

All things being equal, if intelligence, talent and work ethic are exactly the same, the person doing the task all the time will be able to complete the job far faster and to a much higher standard.

4. Reduced overhead costs

Imagine you need two people to design a website for you.

Now imagine that these people will be paid the same, work for the same amount of hours and produce a design of similar quality.

The only difference is that one is working from home on the other side of the planet and the other is working in your office.

Who costs more?

Obviously, the person working in your office will cost more. Here’s why…

  • You’ll need more office space for your employee.
  • You’ll have to comply with more regulations.
  • You might have to pay increased insurance costs (depending on how many employees you have in your office).
  • There may also be employee benefits and other costs related to employing that person.
  • You also need to factor in something like energy usage, which may not seem like much, but can add up over time.

Having an outsourced worker doing the same job reduces your overhead costs dramatically.

It’s also cheaper for them because the outsourced worker doesn’t have to commute to work, can cook his or her own meals, etc.

5. Increased flexibility

This is one of the major benefits of outsourcing for both you and the worker. Both parties benefit massively from increased flexibility.

Here are a couple of examples on how both parties benefit:

For the worker…

  • they get to spend their day how they like as long as they get their work done as promised
  • they aren’t stuck working for someone they don’t like

For you as the employer…

  • you don’t need to have a full-time employee… you can outsource work on an as-needed basis
  • you don’t have to worry about renting office space with a long lease that you may not need in the future

So you see, everyone benefits in this respect.

6. Never paying for substandard work

Outsourced work is usually paid for on a performance basis. Meaning that if you’re not happy with the end-product, you don’t pay for the work.

This might sound harsh, but why should you pay for work you can’t use?

It also means that the outsourced worker puts in more effort because they know that rejections will happen if they submit low-quality work.

And if their work gets rejected, they don’t get paid!

They soon find out that time spent checking and double-checking their work is far better than wasting hours producing something that is substandard.

They also quickly learn that for every piece of work that’s rejected, they’ll have hundreds more accepted.

And if that’s not the case, they’ll learn quickly to seek another form of employment.

Full-time staff members can sometimes take their job for granted and “coast,” putting in the minimum amount of required effort.

Whereas an outsourced worker will learn that if they did the same, they will lose money.

7. No “downtime” due to employee absence

It can sometimes happen that a key employee is absent and everything grinds to a halt. It shouldn’t happen, but the reality is that it does.

For example… if you have one person in your team that can develop software, and that person is absent through an unexpected illness, then the project can grind to a halt.

With an outsourced worker, they will have a certain amount of time to complete a project and if they fail to produce in time, the task can be handed over to someone else.

This means that production never really stops, which is one of the key benefits to outsourcing… as lost time can sometimes cost a lot more than the cost of employing the person.

Where to Outsource?

How to Get OTHER People to Grow Your Business and Make You More MoneyBelow is a list of 124 outsourcing resources (broken down by category) that you can use to outsource work and grow your business!

By the way, if you find that a link is no longer working or if you feel that I should add a resource to this list, please let me know by commenting below.

Outsourcing Marketplaces

Customer Support

Virtual Assistants

Technical Support

Design & Graphics

Content Creation

Product Creation

Video Creation

Voice Overs

Transcription

Product Fulfillment

Private Label Rights Products

Marketing

Business Setup

Miscellaneous

Outsourcing Project Management Tools

Human Resources

What about you… do you outsource? If so, please share with us what you outsource and what site(s) you use in the comments section below!

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  1. Ileane says:

    Great article Kevin,

    I need to devote more interest in outsourcing. One of the things on your list that I want to try is software development. I’m not good with coding so I think that would be perfect for me since I’d like to introduce a product related to helping people with their YouTube channels. Thanks for the list of resources.
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    • Kevin Ocasio says:

      Hello Ileane… glad you like my article :) I’ve outsourced a lot of things including software. One bit of advice I can give to anyone looking to outsource software development (or outsourcing anything else for that matter) is to start out with a small project to kind of test out the programmer. From my experience in outsourcing software development, it’s VERY hard to find a good, reliable programmer.

      And when it comes to looking for a programmer, I recommend starting with oDesk.com. They seem to have a better pool of quality programmers to choose from over the other sites.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment Ileane and good luck with your software project :)
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  2. Gabriel says:

    great information Mr.Kevin and thank you the links you provide!

  3. Rohit Sharma says:

    Thanks kevin for this article. You have researched the article well and the links you provided is going to help us a lot. Thanks again.
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  4. Babalola Abel says:

    Nice article Kevin.. Contains so much information :D Cant help but to give you a thumbs up for this brilliant idea.

  5. Outsourcing is “double-edge” blade, though it is cheaper that having inhouse experts. I am just wondering, If I can find statistics related to how much work big companies are outsourcing.
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  6. gurpreet says:

    Thanks kevin for sharing this nice article. well reaserched on this topic this is going to help us nice list shared thanks

  7. metz says:

    Work smarter, not harder.

    I love that quote. Wise people are smart and only a few were smart, honestly.

    We have only a few hours in a day for work, fewer hours of sleep and relaxation, which people crave for.

    I totally agree that even if you’re paying more per hour for the outsourced work, it can often work out cheaper in the long run.

    • Kevin Ocasio says:

      That’s right Metz, it can definitely work out cheaper in the long run as long as the person you’re outsourcing your work to is reasonably priced, reliable and provides you with quality work.

      Thanks for the comment :)

  8. Olamosh says:

    Hi Kevin,

    Thanks for this wonderful post and also the great list of outsourcing platform shared.

    Outsourcing is really a great way of getting people to work for you, not just work for you, but in a cheaper way that gives you more profit.

    This reduce stress on you and also give you more time to go hunting for clients. I am familiar with some of this outsourcing platform you shared in the articles post.

    I also love the reasons you point out in outsourcing your job for professional people to do it for and why all business owners to consider outsourcing instead of hiring permanent staff.

    Have a nice weekend
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    • Kevin Ocasio says:

      Hi Olamosh,

      Glad you like the post :) I agree that it can reduce stress knowing that you have people completing work for you that NEEDS to get done.

      However, it’s only less stressful when you find good-quality outsource workers. I know from first hand experience how very stressful it can be when you hire someone to work on an important project for you and they’re unreliable and do shoddy work.

      So while I love outsourcing and what it can do for a business, it’s not always easy to find reliable people to work with.
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  9. Sandeep Rao says:

    That’s a great article man.
    Working in a corporate industry, previously I was not in favor of outsourcing a task for the company process which its own employees can perform. But, here in the article I found the reasons why companies prefer outsourcing.

    And speaking truly, all my doubts are now cleared. Now I too agree that its a good idea to outsource the processes that are not performed on daily basis and others which needs regular training.

    Secondly, the vast list of open market places for outsourcing a job task is very helpful for people who are looking for freelance work. Or the companies who are looking for freelancers to get their work done.

    This way, an employee can work for any company without worrying about location, time etc. All that the freelancers need to have is appropriate skills for particular task.
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    • Kevin Ocasio says:

      Thanks Sandeep, glad you liked my article :)

      You’re so right… outsourcing is not only good for the person doing the hiring, but also the freelancer. It gives people all over the world an opportunity to work with people and companies they might have never had the chance to otherwise. Great comment man, thank you ;)

  10. Sunday says:

    Unless a blogger is out of space, he must have known that outsourcing is fundamental for online success.

    It is an effective process as it helps the business to grow. The use of outsourcing is a smart way for online success.

    Time saving, cost saving, flexibility, the use of expertise of others etc are vital benefits of outsourcing. Every blogger must leverage on outsourcing and take advantage of its benefits.

    • Kevin Ocasio says:

      Like I mentioned in my post, we all have the same 24 hours in a day and there’s only so far that working hard alone will take you. So leveraging the time of others through outsourcing is important to grow your business and ultimately make more money. Thanks for the great comment Sunday :)

  11. Arpan says:

    Amazing post! You explained it really well.
    we cant do everything by self. its always good to outsource stuff.
    i used few known outsourcing sites like fiverr and odesk. But, now you given me a huge list of this kind of sites.
    thanks for list. shared it. :)
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