Outsourcing Tips: Education is the Key to Cost-Efficiency

The market today is all about outsourcing, and the internet has opened up global hiring pools. Today, connecting with a freelancer in Bangladesh is as easy as finding someone who works down the street, and it can be much more cost-effective when you know what you’re doing. Some global outsourcing tips can go a long way. 

While platforms like Elance and Odesk make hiring simple, it can be a challenge to manage somebody overseas. Cultural gaps, language barriers, and physical distance often lead to miscommunications, missed deadlines, and low-quality work. I’ve had many people contact my web development company after having bad experiences with remote freelancers. If you lack the education and experience required to manage an overseas collaboration, you’re in for a scary ride.

Working exclusively with local freelancers might seem like the answer, but it’s not that simple. Let’s imagine that you have a web design project in the pipeline, and need to outsource work to someone with a special PHP coding skill set. What are your options?

  • Outsource to a domestic freelancer. You expect to pay a premium – in this case, they’re charging you about $10,000, but you reason that you’ll “get what you pay for.”
  • Outsource to a foreign freelancer. You expect some problems,  but they’re only charging you $2,000.

When employers lack the education and experience to handle an overseas collaboration, they figure biting the bullet with expensive domestic freelancers will at least eliminate the risk of disappointing clients with late or low-quality results. But they’re wrong.

Most of the time, outsourcing to foreign or domestic freelancers amounts to the same thing, only with different price tags. There’s an opportunity for local freelancers to make money by subcontracting your work to someone overseas, and many will take it. So you think you’re paying for work completed “in-house,” but you’re really paying a local third-party to hire and manage a foreign resource.

Is that $8,000 “resource management” fee really worth it? Granted, the domestic freelancer may be able to manage and motivate the foreign resource to produce great results. But if he can do it, so can you. Instead of paying a huge “resource management” fee every time you need to outsource work, why not learn to do it yourself? That was the driving question for me when I wrote this course. If I could collect the outsourcing tips I used to guide my own projects, I could help a lot of people. 

Save Money – Cut Out the Middle Man

There are talented freelancers all over the world; the problem with foreign outsourcing comes down to mismanagement and miscommunication. If you’re getting good results from a domestic freelancer, it’s usually because they have the knowledge and experience needed to manage and motivate their foreign subcontractor. If they can do it, you can too; the answers are out there, and you shouldn’t have to pay thousands of dollars per project to get them.

How To Work WIth Freelancers – Step By Step was created to cut out the “resource management” middleman. A handful of outsourcing tips can make a big difference – an entire collection is a gamer-changer. Complete with video lectures and chapter quizzes, this course outlines best practices for overseas collaboration so that you can get premium results at a fraction of the cost. But this course is covers much more than outsourcing tips. You will learn how to bridge communication gaps, protect yourself from fly-by-night scams, manage your money, enforce deadlines, motivate your employees, and handle all of the problems I encountered in my 15 years of outsourcing work overseas. Making use of audio, video, and written materials, this course is presented in a simple and digestible format that appeals to all learning levels and styles.

These business lessons and outsourcing tips apply to both sides of the working relationship. Your purchase of How To Work With Freelancers – Step By Step includes unlimited free copies of a companion course to distribute to your freelancers. This companion course teaches freelancers how to work with overseas employers, educating them on everything from the what tools to use, to how a “perfect project” should look. When the employer and freelancer are studying the same curriculum, a true synergy can be created. It’s win-win: once the course is completed, the freelancer earns the Rapid Business Lesson Freelancer Certification, pleases their employer (you!), and gains more work in the future, while you get premium work for less. Everybody wins, and everybody benefits from the interaction by gaining skills to help them in the future.

In today’s business climate, employers can’t afford to ignore best practices for overseas collaborations. Stop paying a premium for “foreign resources management” skills you could acquire yourself in a single day’s study. Learn more about this comprehensive outsourcing resource at https://www.rapidbusinesslessons.com/employer/, or visit http://www.liorizik.com to read more business and outsourcing tips. 

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