Get Someone Else To Do It

I made a statement a little over 12 months ago about a business plan during the Thirty Day Challenge. A statement that caught the eye of Ed Dale who repeated it to everyone doing the Thirty Day Challenge. That statement went something like “I have this cool business model plan where I can build and sell websites (with attached affiliate continuity) using the 30DC”. This year’s 30DC built on that idea and people are selling the one or two sites they made. To ice the 30DC cake,  30DC inc is now openly BUYING websites, waving real cash…the fruit is hanging so low here, it’s dragging on the ground.

So have I been able to build and sell multiple websites ? NO. Why? Because I have tried to do it ALL by myself.

How is that passive? How is that moving towards the four hour work week model? How can I pick that low hanging fruit?

Get someone else to do it!

“Oh” you say disappointed “Outsourcing*. You know that’s really scary. I wouldn’t know where to start….”

I thought the same thing and I had real life experience with outsourcing. As part of my day job I spent a month in India training people to take over work from Australia. All went well, but as soon as I left and came back to Australia it was like everything that had been trained was forgotten. Even though all of the steps were documented, there was this massive problem with execution.

I initiated an investigation and found that the issue really was cultural rather than due to any misunderstanding.  Indian society is built on respect for authority, so much so that the expectation is that the manager (person next in the ladder of authority) will solve all issues by making a decision. If that person does not exist then things tend to grind to a halt. After I left, there was no one there to tell them what to do when X happened. Outsourcing is handing over everything and letting someone get on with it with no input from you. That clearly was not the case here. Don’t get me started on the 3 monthly staff churn either….

This experience put me off of out-tasking any of my web work, but also trapped me into only having a finite number of hours to fit everything in . Like everyone else in this world I only have 168 hours a week…not much is it? Especially if you have a day job like mine that eats 40 hours, plus sleeping time that is another 56 hours, plus family time etc etc…and then you have 4 hours a week left to build websites to sell. Logically I will never have enough time in my current situation to create and maintain enough websites to make an income from; which is why I haven’t been able to do it…until now.

So what has changed?

After listening to a podcast**that made mention of an outsourcing service that was being used by people like me, I was curious enough to go listen to the audio at Replace Myself. I was impressed enough to sign up “just to see what it was like”.  Twenty four hours later I was hiring my first employee.

Everything came together perfectly

  • the skill set was right
  • the work ethic was right
  • the cultural norms were right
  • the university education was right
  • the price was MORE than right
  • the English was right
  • the fact people put “experienced using Market Samurai” in their resumes was right

My first employee, Angelica, is working her way through the 30DC as we speak. She sends me daily emails of what she has done (with screenshots!) and also adds her opinion on the philosophical and motivational training by Karl. She really wants to get to the writing part because she loves article writing and research. I am embarrassed to admit that for her 40 hours a week I am paying her a measly USD$35 during her probation period, that will go up to around $50 after three months.  Money that will be recouped in the first site sold, and with multiples being created, it’s gravy all the way after that.

I am so excited about this that I am prepared to write this blog post and risk being shouted at for one long infomercial. The thing is, you would be MAD not to do this. Totally insane. This is the REAL passive income making exercise that everyone strives for. Listen to the audio at Replace Myself and sign up if it is right for you.

* Most people use outsourcing when they really mean out-tasking.

**Small Business Big Marketing

Comments

  1. Isha says:

    Allison, if this was an infomercial it was a v good one.

    Thanks for the info in it – have bookmarked it!

    I hope you get a great price when you sell. Go Allison!!

    :-) )
    .-= Isha´s last blog ..Market Samurai Case Study 1: Assessing Camping Sleeping Bags SEOV and SEOC Matrix =-.

  2. Allison says:

    Thanks for the comment Isha…I really see this as the next logical step form the 30DC. Once you know how to do it, you should be outtasking this work, it’s a no-brainer as they say in the trade *wink*

  3. Shannon says:

    Very Cool Allison. I’ve downloaded the audio to check it out. Appreciate the post, great read.

    And you’re right about finding the time to create an income online when you have a day job, family, and sleep to manage as well.

    Shannon
    http://www.kingsbest.com
    http://www.nuclearsuccess.com
    .-= Shannon´s last blog ..Teaching Them to Fish is Bull Shit =-.

  4. Allison says:

    Hey thanks for dropping by Shannon. Yep you and i are like the majority of 30DC students, we have priorities that don’t quite fit our available hours. I can’t tell you how wonderful it felt when I sent my first email out to a candidate, a million tons off of my shoulders.

    Here’s an excerpt from Angelica’s email today

    “I was finally able to go thru the monetization part, checked on adwords and verified if my micro-niche is an existing market where there are affiliated products we can bank on. Moved on to finding content and stumbled upon different articles online”.

    ….”we can bank on”…. how sweet is that?!?!

  5. Barb says:

    Looking forward to seeing how this project goes, Allison. I just may decide to follow in your footsteps :-)
    .-= Barb´s last blog ..Shiny object! Must get! =-.

  6. Allison says:

    You go girlie Barb. Looks like I need to keep people updated here on the progress, I will schedule a weekly post just for that.

    :)

  7. Charity says:

    Very cool, great idea of delegating tasks to someone else to free up your busy schedule.

  8. Ritesh says:

    Brilliant Allison. Very helpful as usual :)

  9. Thanks for the brilliant concise & very intresting description.

  10. Outsourcing is definitely a way to help when you find yourself short on time or not experienced enough in a particular field. I recommend it when possible to help free yourself up for more important tasks!

  11. Well i am always against multi-task work. It spoils your time & energy. So i agree with your thought. Outsourcing is a good way to free yourself. Many companies outsource and hire consultants in order to maintain a flexible workforce. Thanks for such an useful post.

  12. Outsourcing is a great way to save time and resources for some things. Not everything is great to outsource, however many things can be and allow you to work on things of greater importance.

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