Outsource your idea | Launch your business for 1/4 the price
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Outsource your idea | Launch your business for 1/4 the price

Got an idea? Make it a reality for a fraction of the price. The complete guide to launching your idea via outsourcing.
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4.6 (180 ratings)
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12,982 students enrolled
Created by Evan Kimbrell
Last updated 5/2017
English
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Current price: $15 Original price: $195 Discount: 92% off
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Includes:
  • 13.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 16 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I 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
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Requirements
  • No course pre-requisites
  • Access to a computer and broadband internet is needed
Description

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 is the target audience?
  • 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
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Curriculum For This Course
102 Lectures
20:11:25
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Introduction (39 minutes)
6 Lectures 38:38

$23,123 in free stuff + access to our Slack group
00:08


What is it good and not good for?
12:12

How much should I budget?
12:13

Section 1 review material
26 pages
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Getting Started (70 minutes)
8 Lectures 01:09:51
Where to find outsourcing firms and freelancers
07:46

Introduction to Elance
19:31

Going further in-depth with Elance
02:43

Introduction to Upwork
19:38

Going further in-depth with Upwork
05:51

Introduction to Freelancer
08:44

Other techniques and platforms for finding contractors
05:38

Section 2 review material
24 pages
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Dive Deeper (63 minutes)
6 Lectures 01:02:37
Choosing your ideal subcontractor strategy
08:24

Deciding between a firm or freelancer
19:52

Understanding how to choose from the best outsourcing zones
18:34

Understanding price & autonomy
08:08

The "Goldilocks Syndrome"
07:39

Section 3 review material
47 pages
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Posting Expertise (84 minutes)
7 Lectures 01:24:20
Writing the right title
09:03

Practicing with titles
12:37

Writing the right description
11:10

Getting hands on with writing descriptions
15:09

Getting the settings right
19:01

Reviewing your settings
17:20

Section 4 review material
20 pages
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Plan Your Outsourced Idea (Optional) (48 minutes)
4 Lectures 48:18
The Sx5 framework for solidifying product ideas
18:28

Coming up with strategy, Sx1
11:27

Coming up with scope, Sx2
18:23

Section 5 review material
31 pages
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Documentation (71 minutes)
8 Lectures 01:11:27
Creating an overview
05:51

Adding the functions section
10:29

Going further in-depth with functions
10:33

Creating the pages section
19:48

Creating parameters
10:50

Creating the users section
11:07

Adding comments
02:49

Section 6 review material
22 pages
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Building a Low Fidelity Wireframe (128 minutes)
16 Lectures 02:08:13
Intro to sketching
01:10

Materials for sketching
03:45

Sketching it out
08:18

The finishing touches
14:55

Upgrade to a tool, getting started with Pidoco
10:24

Getting used to the features in Pidoco
11:41

Creating a quick sitemap
14:48

Site elements to start with
05:37

Using templates to save time
02:32

Handling images in Pidoco
09:49

Adding and controlling layers in Pidoco
08:07

Annotating everything
10:46

Alternative: Using Balsamiq for quick wireframing
19:39

Alternative: Using Balsamiq continued...
03:32

An example project created in Balsamiq
03:10

Section 7 review material
54 pages
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Creating a Demo for Outsourcing (Optional) (48 minutes)
5 Lectures 47:57
Introducing M.A.P.
10:00

Adding interactivity to your prototype
15:02

Collaborators and reviewers
12:59

Creating a tablet version
09:56

Section 8 review material
19 pages
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Selecting the Best Person (41 minutes)
5 Lectures 40:55
Reviewing bid language
09:29

Bid language
13:44

The response rate test
06:35

Dissecting the bid rate
11:07

Section 9 review material
20 pages
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Strategies for Getting the Best Price and Experience (44 minutes)
9 Lectures 44:19
Strategy: The $50 test
04:12

Strategy: Rapid cycling posts
04:54

Strategy: The Keyer question
07:43

Strategy: Repeat the project back to you
04:12

Strategy: Get them off the platform
04:22

Strategy: The long term strategy
05:18

Strategy: Messaging freelancers
07:13

Strategy: Dividing specializations
06:25

Section 10 review material
35 pages
5 More Sections
About the Instructor
Evan Kimbrell
4.5 Average rating
10,221 Reviews
130,766 Students
16 Courses
Founder of Sprintkick | Ex-VC | Ex-startup founder

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!