I now pronounce you…
WHOA! Hold on there.
You don’t need to rush into anything. Are you actually READY to outsource?
Outsourcing is just like any relationship or even a marriage. You’re either ecstatic that you found this incredible person or you’re thinking of a way out…quickly. There’s no guarantee you’ll be successful at it. It’s okay to have some pre-outsourcing jitters. Your chances for a lasting relationship are much better if you don’t just jump in with your eyes closed.
We all want to be successful and happy, right? Yes, but, we’re all built different. Realistically, there’s no template for business success or happiness for that matter. What matters are you and your business. Let’s get down to the brass tacks.
Before you say “I do” to outsourcing, please keep three things in mind:
1. You need to stick to your budget, baby.
Freelancers aren’t free. Sure, you can find freelance writers who work dirt cheap and promise quick turnarounds. Unfortunately, many times what you get back is an article that’s so poorly written it doesn’t even make sense. Do you stop looking? Only if your wallet is stretched thin. You want quality content and so do the search engines. If you can find a freelancer who provides quality work and is affordable, then hang on tight. If all you get for your buck is cheap content, then it’s better to write the content yourself. Otherwise, you’re just wasting money.
2. Try the project yourself first.
Why? Because it teaches you what your needs and expectations are for the job. Think about it. Anyone can claim to be talented at something. Elance.com has over a million freelance professionals with outstanding resumes and skills. Do you need someone to build backlinks for you? Unless you’ve tried building a backlink yourself, you wouldn’t know what to look for and what to look OUT for. Having some experience yourself can alert you to any black hat tricks such as cheap link-swapping sites.
3. Don’t let the learning curve drive you crazy.
You and your outsourcer are getting to know each other and, like any new relationship, there will be some ups and downs. Some of those problems can be worked out. Others may be deal breakers. It’s all part of the learning curve and it will get better.
Outsourcing is a big deal in the internet marketing world. Everyone is looking to outsource so they can have time to move on to the next big thing. Don’t get caught up in that. Put some blinders on. You can say “yes” to outsourcing, but it’s better to start slowly before you turn over every task to a freelancer. The last thing you need is four freelancers at one time with poor work habits. Start small and build your team one at a time.
If you want to explore more about how outsourcing can grow your business or are ready to get started, get my free special report “5 Simple Steps to Create a Powerful Virtual Team” at http://www.PowerfulVirtualTeams.com
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