Outsourcing is badass because struggling with something you don’t want to struggle with is NOT badass. There are people out there that WANT and NEED to do things I am presently not able to do or can do it way better than I can. Why not let them do it in exchange for something they want (usually money). I get something badass…they get what they want too, so it’s a win-win.
My Experience With Outsourcing
The first thing I ever outsourced was a banner for yougotdunkedon.com. I smile because that blog got mentioned on TV and was my first experience with passive income. There was a badass digital artist in a forum I was a member of. He was the best I saw in the forum (and we all had skills) and I asked him to design a banner for me, and it worked out pretty nice right?(I think E-klipse if you want to check out his work)
It was at that moment I realized…damn. Other people can do shit way better than me, and unless I wanted to go through every learning curve to produce results I wanted in different areas…it just made sense to ask other people who were better and to accept that I didn’t have to do it all myself. It gave me so much respect for other people and their natural talents and abilities.
Not too long after that I moved in with a friend who was amazing at delegation. His father was a business owner and had groomed him to delegate. Seeing the way he was was such a contrast to who I was at the time. I had only seen employees and been in employee land and it highlighted how much I was actually taking orders and had no clue about what orders to give or how to even be in that role of giving orders. I remember it feeling really weird at the time. Making a request of someone else immediately makes me feel a different way than being on the other side of a request. Just being around was different, but he also introduced me to Upwork which was called E-Lance at the time. He brought me out to his place to work on a business called YouPick.
Team Work Makes the Dream Work
It changed my view on celebrities too. I see how celebrities become celebrities. I would put celebrities on this pedestal and think they were these amazing people who did amazing things all on their own, but that isn’t the case at all. The highest performing athletes have coaches and opponents to push them. The musicians have people who work on stage production, marketing, sales, travel arrangements etc. When they accept their awards and say they have a great team behind them, they ain’t lying.
Where to Outsource
When I think outsourcing, I’m immediately going to Fiverr or Upwork, but forums and Facebook groups work too. Shit…anywhere where there are people with talents you want and need will do. I usually outsource creative stuff – book covers, logos, writing, technical stuff, but I ain’t even close to done yet. If you want to be real about it…you’re probably outsourcing a lot already.