Outsource your idea | Launch your business for 1/4 the price
What you'll learn
- Understand what is and isn't outsourcing
- Validate your idea's preparedness and eligibility for outsourcing
- Plan on budgeting and ways of reducing the project cost before starting
- Navigate and operate outsourcing platforms Upwork and Freelancer
- Use advanced search criteria to locate specific outsourcing partners
- Build a contracting strategy that works with your level of experience and your idea's level of progress
- Figure out your ideal price point and preferred region
- Write job titles, descriptions, and settings that bring high quality bids
- Conceptualize your idea through the Sx5 framework to solidify your featureset
- Decide which features to include (and drop) in your project's first iteration
- Rapidly sketch your ideas like a professional
- Use wireframing tools like Balsamiq to quickly put together idea mockups
- Break through creativity blocks and keep your project ideation going
- Use prototyping tools to add interactivity to your mockup and pre-test features before slating them for development
- Create mockups and demos that deploy natively on tablets and phones
- Use advanced techniques for quickly bringing your project together
- Employ best practices for outsourcing, such as hybrid rates, managing tone, and navigating legality
- Use Asana and Trello to keep your project on track and increase project transparency
- Bug hunt and run QA tests like a professional
- Navigate the most common scenarios that arise from outsourcing
- No course pre-requisites
- Access to a computer and broadband internet is needed
What do Slack, Skype, Fab, Klout, and GitHub have in common? They all started by outsourcing their product development. They didn't have technical founders, they didn't recruit a team of in-house engineers, and they didn't have gigantic development budgets. Oh, and did I mention that they're now collectively worth over 20 billion dollars?
Every single company or startup outsources in one way or another. Whether it's your product development, your advertising, your testing, or your customer service - you need to be equipped to take advantage of the opportunities that outsourcing presents you. As an entrepreneur, outsourcing is an essential skill for saving money, being lean, and being successful.
Outsourcing is the go-to strategy for saving time and money in order to launch ideas that otherwise would never make it to market. You can build a world class product without hiring an in-house team or recruiting partners. When you finish this course, you'll be able to outsource like a professional. You'll cut your development costs by up to 90% and become a much more capable and skilled entrepreneur
At the end of this course, you'll be able to:
- Create, conceptualize, and map out your idea in a way that anyone can easily understand
- Take your idea, create visual wireframes, mockups, and prototypes that are crucial for solidifying your vision and communicating it effectively
- Sketch, rapidly build, test, and collaborate on your feature ideas
- Understand, in intricate detail, the forces that effect your outsourcing project and how to position your project to be successful
- Write job descriptions that bring in the best bids
- Put together professional documentation for your idea and identify potential pitfalls before you spend money
- Select the best possible long-term team using a framework that's built over 100+ professional outsourcing projects
- Employ advanced techniques for getting the best price and cutting your deployment time in half
- Tailor popular tools like Asana, Trello, and Google docs to masterfully run your outsourcing project
- Spot bugs before they become a significant problem
Who this course is for:
- Anyone interested in launching a business or product idea
- Anyone interested in learning the intricacies of outsourcing and the best ways to contract work
- Anyone interested in improving their skills in project or product management
Hi, I'm Evan Kimbrell. Thanks for checking out my course.
**My courses have been featured in Forbes, CNN, Entrepreneur Magazine, BusinessInsider, BuzzFeed, Mashable, TheNextWeb, The Daily Beast, & Techcrunch**
Currently, I'm the Founder and Director of Sprintkick, a full-service, referral-only digital agency based out of San Francisco. Over the past four years I've overseen the development and launch of over 100 web and mobile apps. Clients range from two-man bootstrapping startups to multibillion dollar Fortune 100s like Wal-Mart, Dick's Sporting Goods, and GNC.
Prior to Sprintkick I worked as a VC for a new firm called Juvo Capital, based out of L.A. I spearheaded the firm's expansion into Silicon Valley and into the Consumer Web tech category.
In the long long ago, I was a co-founder for an educational software startup called ScholarPRO that raised a ton of money and then spectacularly blew up (in the bad way). Before it exploded like the Death Star, I went through five tech incubators (yes, five): Tech Stars, Excelerate Labs, MassChallenge, Babson Venture Program, and Sparkseed.
Hope you enjoy my courses!