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What you need to know before outsourcing parts of your work

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When I was 13, my friend told me that she loved organizing. I, on the other hand, had a room that was perpetually a disaster. I thought to myself, “Great! I’m terrible at organizing; maybe she can help me with my messy closet.” I paid her $20 for her skills. My mother wasn’t happy that I outsourced my chores, but that experience taught me a valuable lesson. Many talented individuals are experts in the fields that you are not.

In recent years, the popularity of outsourcing has grown exponentially, and an increasing number of entrepreneurs are using the services of freelancers. When I became an entrepreneur, I put into play what I learned from my cleaning project. To run my business, I’ve enlisted the help of talented individuals around the globe from Spain to Korea. They work on the areas of my business that aren’t my strong points.

If you find the right people and train them well, outsourcing can help you to expand your business. Unfortunately, every attempt at getting your work done by individuals sitting hundreds of miles away isn’t always successful. When I ask colleagues about their experience with outsourcing, they share many horror stories. Whether it’s receiving substandard work, freelancers not meeting deadlines, or contractors who pass on assignments to others, many of them have........

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