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People that are skilled at outsourcing can be 10x more efficient than those who are not. Knowing how to outsource effectively is an incredibly useful skill whether you're an entrepreneur, a manager, a marketer, or small business owner. Being able to incorporate outsourcing into your project, your business, or even your job can dramatically change your rate of success.
Cost is often the single largest factor in whether or not a project succeeds or fails. By mastering outsourcing you can virtually guarantee that you get the lowest and most reasonable price every time you launch or engage in a project.
Learn how to outsource and you'll make magic with your project's to-do list. You'll be able to hit goals sooner while spending a fraction of what you planned. Save your project by going lean and shifting your attention and resources to other crucial areas.
Website development, mobile app development, logo design, market research, customer feedback, email marketing, sales, promotion, scheduling, editing, proofreading, ghostwriting, interviewing, application testing, bookkeeping, employee vetting - these are just some of the things you can outsource.
Virtually every company and startup outsources in some way. Outsourcing has endless possibilities - you just need to know how to use it.
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|Section 1: Introduction to the course (39 minutes)|
First thing to doPreview
What is outsourcing?Preview
What you should outsource and what you should not
Planning your budget and estimating costs
Section 1 review material
|Section 2: Getting started (70 minutes)|
Where to find outsourcing firms and freelancers
Introduction to Elance
Going further in-depth with Elance
Introduction to UpWork
Going further in-depth with Upwork
Introduction to Freelancer
Using alternative techniques and platforms to find contractors
Section 2 review material
|Section 3: Diving deeper (63 minutes)|
Planning your subcontracting strategy
Deciding between a firm or a freelancer
Country profiles & how to pick your ideal combination
The relationship between Price & Autonomy
The Goldilocks syndrome
Section 3 review material
|Section 4: Posting expertise (67 minutes)|
Writing a title that attracts the right bids
Hands on with writing titles
Writing the perfect description
Getting hands on with writing descriptions
Getting the settings right
Section 4 review material
|Section 5: Strategies for minimizing costs and time (54 minutes)|
Rapid cycling posts
The $50 test
The "Keyer" question strategy
Repeating the project back to you
Getting them off the platform
The long term strategy
Using messaging to your advantage
Fixed rate vs per hour? Use our technique instead
The Specializations strategy
Section 5 review material
|Section 6: Best practices (74 minutes)|
5 pillars for evaluating contractors
6 red flags for contractors
How important is site reputation?
Understanding your response rate
How to handle extra work and specifications
What is good? Avoid this trap
How to treat referrals
Is outsourcing a long term solution?
Legality with outsourcing
Outsourcing & Protecting your IP
Section 6 review material
|Section 7: Documentation (98 minutes)|
Creating an overview
Creating a functions list
Example: Creating our functions list
Creating the user section
Creating the parameters list
Intro to Balsamiq
Going further with Balsamiq
An example site made in Balsamiq
Section 7 review material
|Section 8: Selecting the right person (41 minutes)|
What to look for in their language
Further analyzing language
The response rate test
Dissecting their bid amount
Section 8 review material
|Section 9: Internal management skills (23 minutes)|
Getting acquainted with Asana, the king of project management tools
Going further with Asana
Section 9 review material
|Section 10: Bug hunting (19 minutes)|
Becoming a bug hunting master
Bug hunting on mobile
Some thoughts on bug hunting
TIP: Accelerate your testing this way
Section 10 review material
|Section 11: Common scenarios and how to handle them (39 minutes)|
Low quality work
Repeatedly missing bugs
They ask for money upfront
They bid and disappear
Contractor raises their price
Section 11 review material
|Section 12: Course wrap-up|
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Hi, I'm Evan Kimbrell. Thanks for checking out my course.
Currently, I'm the Founder and Director of Sprintkick, a full-service, referral-based 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.
I'm an avid Airbnb host for the Fisherman's Wharf district of San Francisco. My space has the #1 search ranking for my area, has hosted over 200+ people, and is currently booking out 18 months in advance. I've helped multiple hosts get their properties listed and their prices per night maximized. Results range from an extra +50% in price for established hosts and +400% for brand new hosts.
Hope you enjoy my courses!