Several people have asked me lately about how things are going with the outsourcing, so I figured it was about time to update the blog status on that front.
If you’ve been around here a while, you might remember that I’ve wrote about replacing myself (outsourcing) a while ago. Back in February I hired someone full time from the Philippines. She started on a half time basis, then after two weeks requested to go full time, so I agreed.
She’s been very communicative, and as requested, has sent me an email report every day.
So far it has worked out well. I’ve kept her busy with a ton of linkbuilding, using a packet of links I get from the Warrior Forum each month. I’ve had her do article writing, bookmarking, blog & forum commenting, and some work in WordPress as well. Recently I’ve started teaching her to build linkwheels and we’re going to start using that strategy to promote some sites as well.
Several people have asked me how I pay someone overseas. The simple answer? Xoom.com. That was the service requested by my employee, so I thought I’d at least give it a shot. Turns out it is SUPER easy to use. In fact, I just processed a payment there and it took me less than a minute. It remembers all the details of my transaction, so I can easily repeat it month after month. Literally, you login, then it is about 2-3 mouse clicks, and you’ve paid, emailed the recipient and yourself a receipt, and you’re done. Very straightforward. It costs me about $14 per $350 USD payment, which isn’t the end of the world either.
I find myself wishing sometimes that I had a full on web designer working for me, so if I can really get the first one nailed down and busy on a long term basis, I might yet consider adding a second person.
The reason for this is it would be great to have someone with the capability of creating and tweaking customized wordpress themes, as well as doing site design for my consulting clients. I currently outsource most of those projects on a one-off basis, but it isn’t the most cost effective way to go, neither is it great if you really need something done in a hurry.
Plus, if I can get the two of them working in tandem, that could be a potent duo, creating and promoting niche mini-sites.
What About You?
I’m very curious to hear if you have experimented with outsourcing yet – if so, what have your experiences been? If not, why not, and is there a particular thing holding you back?