Outsourcing Adventures

Late last year, I began hiring some independent contractors to do some work for me on one of my sites. I got to the point where I was working more “in” my business rather than “on” my business which is usually about the time businesses stop growing. I’ve unfortunately got to see this type of thing play out in other organizations, and so I decided it was high time I started hiring some people to help out.

It’s a huge realization, especially for entrepreneurs like me, that we don’t have to do¬†everything ourselves. In fact we can’t. That’s why God made other people with other gifts, talents, desires, dreams, strengths, etc. We are supposed to compliment each other. Anyway…

So far things have gone pretty well with the contractors. I started with 12 applications which resulted in 8 responses which resulted in 5 trial jobs which resulted in 2 steady reliable workers. We have accomplished quite a bit over the last three months, and I’m grateful for their help.

Now it’s time to take it to the next level….

I finally jumped on oDesk this week and started looking for people to hire to help me with some product descriptions on an e-commerce type site that I have. As anyone in the internet marketing world knows, unique content is key to successful SEO and the product descriptions on my site were just the ones that the manufacturer’s put out. No bueno. So I’ve started testing with a few people on oDesk to see if I can get these descriptions done at a price that won’t break the bank.

I am a bit torn though… I like working “in” my business almost as much as I like working “on” it. I love learning to code in PHP and to create, edit, or re-brand a website. These things can take so much time though, and I get way more leverage by utilizing the division of labor that exists in the world and finding experts to do in minutes what it takes me days to do. It keeps things moving forward, but I look back at my brief time working “in” my business and I miss it at times.

I’m sure I’ll get over it though. All systems are a Go! I have so many projects going on that I literally do not have time to actually do all of the tasks myself if I wanted to. Maybe I’ll get around to coding again as a hobby later…

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