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Master Outsourcing: Get the Best Price & Save Time

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Course Description

Knowing how to outsource effectively is an incredibly useful skill whether you're an entrepreneur, a manager, a marketer, or small business owner. Being able to incorporate outsourcing into your project, your business, or even your job can dramatically change your rate of success. People that are skilled at outsourcing can be 10x as efficient as those who are not.

Learn how to outsource and you'll learn how to make magic with your project to-do list. You'll be able to hit goals sooner and spend only a fraction of what you would have otherwise needed. Save your project by going lean and shifting your attention and resources to other crucial areas.

Cost is often the single largest factor in whether or not a project succeeds or fails. By mastering outsourcing you can virtually guarantee that you get the lowest and most reasonable price every time you launch or engage in a project.

Outsourcing has endless possibilities - you just need to know how to use it. Virtually every company and startup outsources in some way. Being able to outsource is a huge opportunity for you and your project.

After taking this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand what is and isn't outsourcing
  • Validate your idea's preparedness and eligibility for outsourcing
  • Understand how much to plan on budgeting and ways of reducing the project cost before starting
  • Navigate and operate the biggest outsourcing platforms like UpWork and Freelancer
  • Use advanced search criteria to find and locate more specific outsourcing partners
  • Build a contracting strategy that works with your level of experience and your idea's level of progress
  • Intelligently pick your ideal price point and preferred region
  • Write job titles, descriptions, and settings that bring in the most high quality bids
  • Use wireframing tools like Balsamiq to quickly put together mockups of your idea
  • Use advanced techniques for bringing your project together quicker, negotiating bid prices, and vetting your potential partners
  • Employ common and uncommon best practices for outsourcing, such as hybrid rates, managing tone, and navigating legality
  • Use popular tools like Asana and Trello to keep your project on track and increase project transparency
  • Bug hunt and run QA tests like a professional

This course is for professionals within the following business functions:

  • Anyone interested in outsourcing
  • Anyone interested in a detailed understanding of outsourcing and the best ways of contracting work
  • Anyone interested in improving their skills with project or product management

    1. Introduction to the course - 38 Minutes

      1. Course overview
      2. What is outsourcing?
      3. What should you outsource and what you should not
      4. Planning your budget and estimating costs
      5. Section 1 review material
    2. Getting started - 70 Minutes

      1. Where to find outsourcing firms and freelancers
      2. Introduction to Elance
      3. Going further in depth with Elance
      4. Introduction to UpWork
      5. Going further in depth with Upwork
      6. Introduction to Freelancer
      7. Using alternative techniques and platforms to find contractors
      8. Section 2 review material
    3. Dive deeper - 63 Minutes

      1. Planning your subcontracting strategy
      2. Deciding between a firm or a freelancer
      3. Country Profiles & how to pick your ideal combination
      4. The relationship between Price & Autonomy
      5. The Goldilocks syndrome
      6. Section 3 review material
    4. Posting expertise - 67 Minutes

      1. Writing a title that attracts the right bids
      2. Hands on with writing titles
      3. Writing the perfect description
      4. Getting hands on with writing descriptions
      5. Getting the settings right
      6. Section 4 review material
    5. Strategies for minimizing costs and time - 54 Minutes

      1. Rapid cycling posts
      2. The $50 test
      3. The "Keyer" question strategy
      4. Repeating the project back to you
      5. Getting them off the platform
      6. The long term strategy
      7. Using messaging to your advantage
      8. Fixed rate vs per hour? Use our technique instead
      9. The Specializations strategy
      10. Section 5 review material
    6. Best practices - 74 Minutes

      1. 5 pillars for evaluating contractors
      2. 6 red flags for contractors
      3. How important is site reputation?
      4. Understanding your response rate
      5. How to handle extra work and specifications
      6. What is good? Avoid this trap
      7. How to treat referrals
      8. Is outsourcing a long term solution?
      9. Legality with outsourcing
      10. Outsourcing & Protecting your IP
      11. Section 6 review material
    7. Documentation - 98 Minutes

      1. Creating an overview
      2. Creating a functions list
      3. Example: Creating our functions list
      4. Adding pages
      5. Creating the user section
      6. Creating the parameters list
      7. Adding comments
      8. Intro to Balsamiq
      9. Going further with Balsamiq
      10. An example site made in Balsamiq
      11. An example site made in Balsamiq
    8. Selecting the right person - 41 Minutes

      1. What to look for in their language
      2. Analyzing language further
      3. The response rate test
      4. Dissecting their Bid amount
      5. Section 8 review material
    9. Internal management skills - 23 Minutes

      1. Getting acquainted with Asana, the king of project management tools
      2. Going further with Asana
      3. Section 9 review material
    10. Bug hunting - 19 Minutes

      1. Becoming a bug hunting master
      2. Bug hunting on mobile
      3. Some thoughts on bug hunting
      4. TIP: Accelerate your testing this way
      5. Section 10 review material
    11. Common scenarios and how to handle them - 39 Minutes

      1. Low quality work
      2. Missing Deadlines
      3. Repeatedly missing bugs
      4. They ask for money upfront
      5. They bid and disappear
      6. Contractor raises their price
      7. Section 11 review material

    About the Expert

    Evan Kimbrell

    Evan Kimbrell

    Hi, I'm Evan Kimbrell. Thanks for checking out my course. Currently, I'm the Founder, Director of Sprintkick, a referral based full service digital agency based out of San Francisco. Over the last 4 years, I've overseen the development and launch of over 100 web and mobile apps. Clients range from 1-2 man team startups bootstrapping their initial idea, to multibillion dollar Fortune 100s like Wal-Mart, Dick's Sporting Goods, & GNC. Previous to Sprintkick, I worked as a VC for a brand new firm called Juvo Capital, based out of L.A. I spearheaded the firms expansion into Silicon Valley deal flow and into Consumer Web tech category. Previous to working for Juvo, in the long long ago, I was a co-founder for a educational software startup called ScholarPRO that raised a ton of money and then spectacularly blew up (in the bad way). Before it exploded like the Death Star, I went through 5 tech incubators (yes 5) with Tech Stars, Excelerate Labs, MassChallenge, Babson Venture Program, and Sparkseed. I'm an avid AirBNB host for the Fishermans Wharf district of San Francisco. My space has the #1 search ranking for my area, has hosted over 200+ people, and is currently booking out 18 months in advance :) Over the last year I've helped multiple other hosts get their properties listed and maximize their price per night. Results range from an extra +50% in price for established hosts, and +400% for brand new hosts. Hope you enjoy my courses!
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