Today I interviewed Tyrone Shum from Mass Outsource — actually it was my first video interview and it was pretty cool. I know I’ll do more of these because it is nice to see who you are talking with.
(The video will be posted here at the blog shortly)
We discussed outsourcing and how he used it to push himself into a 6 figure income within 6 months. I know — it sounds hard to believe, but I’ve come to realize that with the internet, anything is possible!
Tyrone outsources to the Phillipines and that caught my interest mainly because I own a business on the INTERNET so it really is worldwide. So why not explore to other countries? Maybe you have thoughts on that yourself?
I’ll be able to post the interview here shortly along with a review of his program — for now I’ve put together some outsourcing tips for you.
Outsourcing can be a stressful process. You need help and you need to trust someone to take care of certain tasks, but you’re not sure how to find the right one. Relax, take a deep breath and know that outsourcing is all it’s cracked up to be. Outsourcing can be one of the best business decisions you ever make if you follow the golden rules of outsourcing.
Always trust your instincts
If you’re not connecting with a potential contractor or something just feels off, trust your instincts. If you feel that a non-disclosure and a work for hire agreement is a good idea, get one signed.
(Tyrone has this as a free download on his resources page)
If you think the contractor can handle everything you can throw at them and then some, hire them! Your instincts are one of your best assets; use them to help you outsource successfully.
Always test with a small project
One of the best ways to develop a solid relationship with an outsource provider is to start small. This accomplishes many things, all of them good. When you start with a small project, it takes the pressure off of the both of you to get it right the first time. It gives you both time to develop a relationship and it gives you time to learn a system. Communication is essential and sometimes it takes a small project to work out the kinks.
A smaller project helps you test the skills of your new provider too. It helps you make sure you’ve hired the right person to help you grow your business.
Always tell your provider exactly what you need them to do
Don’t make them assume or guess. Provide as much information as possible. One great way to accomplish this is to create a blueprint or a system so your new contractor knows exactly what to do and what is expected of them. Additionally, if your contractor is doing something for you that you don’t know how to do, then ask them to create a manual for you. This can make a huge difference if something happens to your contractor and you need someone to step in and pick up where they left off.
Always check references if you’re considering working with a new person and if they have samples or a portfolio, take a look at these too. You’re hiring someone; make sure they’re the right person for the job you need.
Understand that there’s a learning curve for both of you and allow time to grow together gradually
Depending on the tasks you’re outsourcing, there can be a significant learning curve for some of them. It’s important to go into a business relationship with the understanding that there is a learning curve for both of you. You’re learning how to work together and your contractor may be learning how you like to have things done. Be patient. If this is someone you’re going to potentially working with for a long time, it’s good to give you both some time to figure it all out.
Outsourcing is a good business decision if you take your time, trust your instincts and follow good hiring practices and procedures. Even in the 9-5 world, people new on the job are given a couple weeks to settle in and the same may hold true for your new contractor.
Here’s What I’ve Been Watching Over the Last Day or So
Tyrone covers a big range about outsourcing inside his videos, I think you’ll agree that there is a lot covered here. I was happy to see that it’s easy to get started since it’s step by step.
Here are the Videos:
- Why You Should Outsource Your Work
- Hiring Contractors or Virtual Staff
- How to Get Full Time Help
- Finding Candidates from Onlinejobs.ph
- Contact Candidates
- Hiring People to Work Full Time
- How to Pay your Staff
- Paying Using Xoom
- What Work To Give Your Staff
- How To Manage Your Virtual Staff
Along with a bunch of compelling videos — If you’re wanting to get started right away, there are free documents Tyrone has readily available for you now.
- Getting Started Guide
- Sample Invoice
- Employee Non-Disclosure Agreement
- Independent Contractor Agreement
>> You can check out Tyrone’s program along with the free documents he has available that is you can download right away. I’ve actually gone through his videos now and have some things to implement myself.
Oh.. and I almost forgot there’s a really good report that I actually read all the way through. I was surprised because I don’t usually like the free stuff but it was very good content.
I’d love to hear if you’ve started outsourcing yet and what your experience has been.