Project Planning: Keeping Control Over Your Outsourced Projects

Wouldn’t it be great to get some good, affordable, trustworthy help, even though you’re employed out of your home? But finding employees and figuring out where to meet or when to bring them into your home office can pose some tricky juggling, private and security issues.

Assuming the job ad has passed your legitimacy test, read the Contribute to content carefully. This is vital. Over the years I’ve posted ads myself looking for writers, and a full 80 per cent don’t follow the instructions in the ad.

Next, make a new list of all the things you should be doing but can’t seem to find the time, and the projects that you lack the necessary skills to complete. It may be organizing your inventory, getting your first website online, updating content, contacting previous customers, or researching new opportunities.

Option A: use a blender that you will not use in the future to prepare food. Add a little paper and pour enough water into the blender to cover the paper. You will then add a few extra inches of water to completely soak the paper. Mix the paper into a “pulp”. with your blender. You will have a wet mushy mixture of paper and water.

Now, have each Player on your T.E.A.M. make a list of any other projects he or she feels would be important to the business — projects not on the previous list. Post these lists on the board and ask everyone to rate these additional projects in terms of priority. Post the results on the board, discuss the differences of opinion, and come to a resolution.

Your profile is (usually) the closest you’ll get to a face to face meeting with your client, so you want to make sure it’s up to date with your latest samples. You can also add your logo to your profile which makes you look more professional to a potential client. Also, consider making a promotional Youtube video (or outsourcing it if you aren’t so inclined) that a client can access from your profile. This can be a short video of you describing your skills, a ‘demo reel,’ a funny viral video, or testimonials from your clients. The key is to give the client an instant insight into the quality of your product. Most clients will check you profile before even reading your proposal, so this is the first and best way to make an impression.

What about it? Give a little more detail, or tell the providers that you’ll give more detail via a private message board if you prefer not to broadcast your ideas for everyone to see.

Pick the best providers. Pick those people who demonstrate deeper understanding on your chosen niche and those who have already written articles that are similar to yours. Make sure that they are highly recommended. Don’t forget to verify their skills by asking them to write sample articles for you.