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What do you OutSource

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by opticbit, May 6, 2010.

  1. opticbit

    opticbit Registered Member

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    I expected Outsourcing to be a main topic, didn't see it. I've searched BHW and read a few things on outsourcing.

    I'm wondering what do you outsource?
    how much do you trust your workers?
    what methods work well with outsourcing
    Do you have them do Black Hat, or White only things for you?
    how much training do you do?
    where do you find them?
    What tools do you use to manage your outsource crew and sites?
    are workers who barely speak English worth it?
    anything other suggestions?

    please indicate how well these methods are working for you.

    I haven't done much outsourcing, but start, years ago when hotline was popular, people would do something simple for me in exchange for DL access to my server on an uncapped cable modem.
     
  2. C.S.A.

    C.S.A. Junior Member

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    I don't know if this belongs in the same forum as "tax advice", but "business" might cover it.

    I outsource anything that's tedious and repetitive. I don't bother outsourcing until I've verified that the method works, but once I have, there is absolutely no reason to do the work myself.

    For simple tasks, I use the amazon mechanical turk. The marketplace of workers there is pretty big, and once you get a few good ones on your books, you can fly through repetitive tasks at a pretty good rate.

    For writing-specific jobs, you want to either filter your workers based on talent, or go to one of the more writing-specific services that provide unique content. Most of my work is of the short-response variety, so mturk workers are generally good to excellent.

    I absolutely do not work with anyone who doesn't speak decent english. For excellent workers, I'll occasionally offer them bigger jobs outside of the structure of mturk, but honestly, the huge labor pool there gets jobs done really quickly, which matters to me.

    I used to trust my workers with access to various places to post content, but these days I have them submit it, I review it, and my scripts post for me. The more trusted workers get auto-approved, and new workers get their work reviewed by other workers before I even have to look at it to do spot-check approvals.

    Overall, mturk might cost me a bit more than a tame stable of dedicated content writers, but the ability to automate almost everything so seamlessly is absolutely worth it. My content generation these days is nearly completely hands-off, and I never have to worry about when I pay workers, having them complain about payment, or anything related to management.

    Of course, mturk is nearly useless if you can't code.
     
  3. opticbit

    opticbit Registered Member

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    I inteded this post to go under Business, didn't see any better place.

    Could you elaborate on what your tedious and repetitive tasks are, or would that give a way your niche or plan?

    Thanks for the info, I've thought about mturk, didn't know if it was worth the effort (I can do a little codeing)