Tag Archives: outsourcing

How to Use a VA in Your Startup

Episode 196 | How to Use a VA in Your Startup
Date: 2014-08-05
Link: Startups for the Rest of Us
It might be time to hire a VA if you find yourself doing a lot of busy work.
It is hard to hire a VA too early unless you have nothing you can hand off.
Customer service and chat support are good places to use a VA.
Complicated travel plans is a good thing to outsource.
You really want a VA to get you 80% of the way there.

Distributed Team Collaboration for Startups

Episode 193 |Distributed Team Collaboration for Startups
Date: 2014-07-15
Link: Startups for the Rest of Us
When you don’t care about people coming into an office you can extend your reach across the globe.
Generally people like working remotely. You avoid a commute.
If you don’t know (your remote workers) well enough to trust them you need to fall back on some software (to make sure they are working).
There are a lot of people who when they’re just sitting in a chair does not mean they’re working.
You need to focus on the work itself.
Even companies with remote workers have a culture.
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Try to operate on a non-interrupted schedule. Reserve voice and instant message for things that are critical rather than everyday stuff. Use email for everyday stuff.
Schedule things in sprints and milestones.
Have a style guide.
If you’re not aware that burnout can become an issue you can get to a point where it is too late.
It is not easy to find good people.
Don’t give people too many chances.

Thoughts on Getting Your First Product Manufactured in China

TMBA 236: Thoughts on Getting Your First Product Manufactured in China
Date: 2014-03-20
Link: Tropical Talk Radio
 
Look at factory alignment.
Do your homework so you are the real deal.
Find a factory that is aligned with your goals.
On Alibaba try to find a factory that makes similar product (to the one you want to make).
On Alibaba everybody is lying.
If you’re going to manufacture in China talk to somebody who has done it before.
On Alibaba it can be hard to tell who is an agent and who is the factory.
With an agent you probably won’t get the best price but there are other advantages.
With plastic products you can always do a 3D printed sample before you do your tooling sample.
The tooling costs vary widely.
Always ask how long the tool is going to last.

2 China Factory Sourcing Strategies (and Business Updates)

TMBA 235: 2 China Factory Sourcing Strategies (and Business Updates)
Date: 2014-03-13
Link: Tropical Talk Radio
 
Step up and take responsibility.
Putting up with crap for a living is what a lot of us do and doing that gets extraordinary rewards.
You never know in China who is getting a piece of what pie.
If you can reduce the upfront burden the barrier to entry is much lower.
Record your sales phone calls and see what you can learn from them.
From the outside looking in you just have no idea.
You just never know until you talk to someone.
When you’re on the phone it is important to find out what the closing deal is.
Power of persistence.
Think about the end goal and how you can get there.
A team legitimizes your business.

5 Trends In Remote Working and Team Building

TMBA 221: 5 Trends In Remote Working and Team Building
Date: 2013-12-05
Link: Tropical Talk Radio
 
Everybody is a free agent–their own little entrepreneur.
The term distributed team will replace outsourcing. The term team member will replace digital assistant.
The move is from arbitrage to optimization.
Hyper-specialized services will replace oDesk and Elance.
People don’t care where people are as long as they wear the t-shirt.
Have pride in your location.
Don’t hire people that know nothing about your product unless you’re willing to train them.
The Philippines is losing its edge as the preeminent outsourcing place.
Vietnam has high-level educated people.
The de facto language in SE Asia is English.
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Instead of changing your heart change your venue.
You don’t have to do the things that have created success for other people.
You have to give your business your best self. Particularly when you’re getting it off of the ground.
You have to find the best people to work with.

Building a Platform & Managing Your Virtual Team, with Michael Hyatt

NBP028 – Building a Platform & Managing Your Virtual Team, with Michael Hyatt
Date: 2013-10-18
Link: New Business Podcast
 
Start with wow.
People will pay for access.
The more connected you are the more you can enroll people in what you’re trying to accomplish.
Identify the tasks you would outsource if you could.
Work that gets scheduled gets done.
Identify one thing you absolutely have to get done today.

Getting Started with Outsourcing & Virtual Assistants, the Right Way!

NBP018 – Getting Started with Outsourcing & Virtual Assistants, the Right Way!

Date: 2013-07-25

Link: New Business Podcast

 

There is project based outsourcing and team building outsourcing.

Before hiring your first VA you need to decide what type of VA you need.

List all of the tasks that you do on a daily basis that you hate doing.

Then list all of the tasks you can’t do on a daily basis.

Then list all of the things you shouldn’t be doing on a daily basis.

It is incredibly important to have a general virtual assistant.

Hire for the role not for the task.

Group your tasks into roles.

You should only hire when you truly feel like you need it.

Pay your VA what they’re worth.

Never pay your Filipino VA late. They’re usually the main breadwinner for their family.