The 12 Most Important Things You Need to Know About Outsourcing

Posted on February 26th, 2010 in Advice, Customers, PLR, Simple Cash Blog, Twitter | 2 Comments »

I’m giving you 12 amazing tips on outsourcing. These are the most important things that you need to know right now. This is advice you can take to the bank.

For the last 18 months, I’ve gone absolutely crazy with outsourcing. I make a huge investment in outsourcing every single month. If you’re serious about your online business, you must do the same.

Let’s jump into my 12 outsourcing tips:

First, you need to first filter people based on quality. There are many people available at many price points but quality can be harder to find. So, seek out people with strong skills and then start filtering on price. You can always negotiate prices lower by putting people in competition with each other. And, you can drive prices down by letting them know that you expect a quantity discount. Buy in bulk.

Second, you need to use outsourcing to augment your strengths. Just because you are good at something, don’t think you’re absolutely on top of your game. It never hurts to get outside advice. A good example is this: Get someone else to do tedious research on a topic, then use that report to clarify your ideas and your thinking. This is pure magic.

Third, seek to eliminate or reduce redundant tasks. Have someone else handle the routine tasks, even if you like those tasks. A good example is posting blog entries. There’s no reason you need to be in the blog updating business. Sure, you might write the content, but have someone else find a good image, develop the tags, choose the title, select the category and so on. For a few bucks you can get some real talent to handle this routine task.

Fourth, you really need a good project tracking system or the management of your workers will become your new job. Do you really want to spend hours and hours being a manager? Do yourself a favor and find smart ways to handle outsourced work and outsourced workers. Have smart systems in place. Get daily updates and ask for exception reports. Make it simple. Make it clean. But, don’t think for a minute these folks will manage themselves. Find a way to stay on top… with minimal effort.

Fifth, you should seek to build longer term relationships with workers. The cost of training is very high, both in terms of money and time. Especially time! So, try to find quality workers right out of the gate. This will absolutely drive higher quality. Also, as time goes on, you’ll become a top customer. That means better pricing, faster response time and higher quality from the same workers.

Sixth, always seek out people who pay attention to the details. I learned this one the hard way. I thought I should get more people who balanced operations and strategy. However, I operate quite differently now. You need to find people who are great at operations and execution. You want people who are detail oriented or downright anal about their work. I’d rather have someone obsess over quality and deadlines than coming up with the next big idea or fancy pants strategy. I can do that well enough, thank you very much.

Seventh, you must manage the basics first: requirements, ownership, timeframe, expectations. Don’t try to manage entire systems and don’t try to manage a vision, at least not a first. Instead, stick to the essentials and getting the job done. Manage outputs and delivery. Manage deliverables first and then time. This will keep your project on track at a reasonable cost. The greater you can focus on the details for your workers when they start, the great your return on investment and profits. Trust me on this.

Eighth, be prepared to do more work in the short term. This is because you will want to invest in training. If you think you can simply hand over work without some hand holding, you will be frustrated. You might even fail. Either way, without an upfront investment in time and energy, you want maximize your outsourcing opportunities. If you do this right, you’ll be extremely happy in the long run. I’ve learned this the hard way… but now I’m happy as a clam!

Ninth, you should always provide concrete, actionable advice. Don’t be vague. Don’t expect other people to read your mind. This is especially true if you’re only using email to communicate with your outsourcing team. If they can’t see you and hear you, they simply will not understand the nuances and ultra small details that really matter to you. So, buckle down and get as specific as possible, unless you’re willing to iterate several times. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for rework. If you’re not at least 90% happy, then ask for more work to be done. Ask for higher quality. But, be sure to be concrete.

Tenth, don’t throw “it” over the wall and expect miracles. In terms of an operational mode, it is smart to plan for several iterations and cycles. Instead of giving one date for a final product, ask for 2-3 checkpoints or updates along the way. Do this even with small projects that just take a few days. Ask for daily updates. Important: Ask to literally see the work. Get screenshots, samples and other tangibles. This will drive your team to deliver on time but it also gives you peace of mind and more material to manage them. Do this to work with your team vs. trying to just manage their outputs.

Eleventh, develop systems and templates and examples. If you don’t have these materials, it’s time to get to work. You want to have tools and processes in place for others to use and exploit. Rather than trying to explain what you want done, set up a mini “factory” that allows your team to crank out high quality without a ton of thinking. You want to focus on work and execution, not puzzle solving and mind reading. Be smart about developing those systems and you’ll make a killing. This is golden advice.

Lastly, I strongly encourage you to ask your workers for advice on increasing efficiency. Since they are doing tasks over and over again, they will develop shortcuts. It’s human nature. Listen to your team and they will help you drive up profits. They will become more “invested” in you and your business. Plus, if they create a breakthrough, you can move them to a zone of higher profit. That is, for the same amount of effort, they can help you make more money!

Here’s a nice summary of my points above. This is your cheat sheet. It’s your checklist…

1. Go for quality first and price second. I’m talking about filtering people.
2. Seek to augment your strengths (e.g., research to feed your thinking)
3. Seek to get rid of your redundant tasks (e.g., posting content to your blog)
4. You need a good tracking system or management of workers is your new job
5. Seek to build longer term relationships; higher quality and preference
6. Always seek out people who pay attention to the details; operations vs. strategy
7. Manage the basics first: requirements, ownership, timeframe, expectations
8. Be prepared to do more work in the short term; invest in training
9. Always provide concrete, actionable advice; don’t be afraid to ask for rework
10. Don’t throw it over the wall; iterations and cycles; work with your team
11. If you don’t have systems and templates and examples, get to work
12. Always, always, always ask your workers for advice on increasing efficiency

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And finally… I think you would agree that these are some of the best tips on outsourcing you’ve ever seen. I would really appreciate comments. But more importantly, please Twitter about this blog entry and post to your Facebook page. Or, link to this posting from your own blog. It would really mean a lot to me.

Take care!

~ John

Private Label Rights Help (Massive Profits)

Posted on February 3rd, 2010 in Advice, Customers, General, News, PLR, PLR Club, Reports, Strategies, Web Traffic | No Comments »

John and I have been cranking out several great blog posts over at Private Label Rights (PLR) Help, our new blog at The whole blog is dedicated to helping you (no matter what your skill level) make money with PLR content.

I’m telling you, Private Label Rights products are some of the most under-exploited opportunities available on the market. With just a few small tweaks, you can earn money continuously just by doing the work once.

Here is some of the stuff that we’re going to cover over the next couple of weeks at Don’t miss it…

What are Private Label Rights products? – You’ll get a full overview of what PLR products are and how to use them.

How to Invest in PLR Products – Our tips and tricks for finding high quality PLR products to buy (and then sell for profit)

Why People Fail with PLR – How to avoid failure so that you can almost guarantee profitability with private label rights products.

How to Become a Guru with PLR – Our secrets for gaining an immediate advantage in a market using PLR products

How to Use PLR Products for Memberships – Memberships are the bread and butter of many successful internet businesses, including our own. We’ll show you how we use private label rights content to make big money in a short amount of time.

How to Avoid “Toxic” PLR Products – If you’re not careful, you can do major damage to your reputation with private label rights content. Follow our rules to make sure you don’t get burnt.

…again, this is only a very small hint of what is coming at Go take a look now and be sure to comment and let us know how we’re doing. We want to answer your questions about private label rights products…and we want to help you get MASSIVE PROFITS with them.

Private Label Rights Quick Cash System

Posted on January 27th, 2010 in Advice, blogging, Clickbank, EzineArticles, PLR, PLR Club, Reports, Simple, Strategies, Web Traffic | 6 Comments »

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What Are “Private Label Rights?”

Posted on November 24th, 2009 in Advice, PLR, PLR Club | 7 Comments »

Private Label Rights products are a huge gold mine. I love getting my hands on virtually all of the private label rights content I can manage, and then modify it and resell it. It’s one of the big reasons John and I are able to make a lazy six figures per year…we do the work once, and then our private label rights products pump out cash for us, month after month.

It’s absolutely brainless, and anyone can do it. There are so many private label rights products and exploitable markets out there that it’s insane not to try to profit from it.

If you’re new to private label rights content, watch John’s 20 minute video now:

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It clearly explains what Private Label Rights products are, and how we use them to turn a profit.

Favor, please: If you enjoy the video and found it useful, John would really appreciate it if you left a comment below.

Thanks a lot!

All the best,
Matt Rhodes of “The Rhodes Brothers”

Total Power and Absolute Control

Posted on November 17th, 2009 in Advice, Customers, PLR, Strategies | 15 Comments »

A good friend of mine is freaking out today. He found out that his job is probably going to be cut. They’ve told him that his whole division is “redundant” due to a recent merger. That is a death sentence.

Of course the fat cats are getting outstanding packages. Unlike my friend, they have “golden parachutes” and a couple of the executives have actually been promoted.

It’s true! They make more money… by putting a bullet in your brain…

My friend tells me that there’s a lot of anger at the plant. There’s outrage. People are really upset. But more importantly…

There is FEAR.

I see it in the eyes of my friend… but I also smell fear in the small town where I live. It’s intense. You could cut it with a knife.

But here’s what really matters…

The reason there is so much fear is simple. And, it’s not the job cuts. Most people would simply say: “I’m going to lose my job. Man, I am sh#$%ing my pants!”

You see… job cuts kill money flow. You’re getting your balls cut off. The truth is that “redundancy” destroys your freedom and control.

You’re not equal. You’re not a partner. You’re crushed like a little bug, without a second thought.

Here’s how to think about this…

People with steady jobs in large companies often feel very safe and secure. I’ve been there. I know what it’s like. The steady paycheck makes you believe you’re in control.

But, you’re not.

When you work for a big company — or anyone else! — you do not have control. Here’s why: If you don’t have your own customers, you don’t control your destiny. Without a business, someone else is holding the leash and you’re the dog.

Now, you might think that I don’t believe in loyalty. But, that’s 100% wrong. I think loyalty is great, if you’re loyal to the right people: friends, family, and most importantly CUSTOMERS.

Do you see the radical difference there? The Big Company doesn’t give a crap about you or your family. “They” don’t care if your house burns down or your dog dies. You’re just a number. You’re just a face on a badge. You do not have any power or control.

So, let’s change the game.

This could change your life. This is a radical shift…

First, let’s talk about working for a monster company. As an employee you’ve got all your eggs in ONE BASKET. What I mean is that a job gives you 100% of your cashflow. It’s all or nothing. So, you can go from 100% income to 0% income in the blink of an eye. “You’re fired!” means you lose everything.

In contrast, if you have 100 customers and one of them stops doing business with you… you’ve only lost 1% of your income!

But, that’s not as radical as this —

With a job at a monster company you can only get 3-5% raises, if you’re lucky. But with a mini-business, you can increase your cashflow by 500% in a weekend.

That sounds impossible but it’s not. Remember, with a business, you’re in control. There is no ceiling on the cash you can make. This is profound!

The smart reader will instantly ask these two questions:

  1. How do I learn more about this?
  2. How do I get started?

The truth is that you need to understand how to create a mini-business. And if you want to do that, you need a model to follow. You absolutely must have a system. You must use the same tools, tips, tricks and secrets that other mini-business entrepreneurs have used.

(If you want to WASTE MONEY… all you need to do is try starting a mini-business without any plan — or without any system. You cannot succeed by shooting in the dark. “Blind archery” is a stupid game to play.)

And, here’s another secret…

Once you have a model you need raw material. You need fuel. A car without oil and gas is a total waste of cash, and your time.

The solution for most people is to dump private label rights (PLR) products into your new mini-business. To put it another way, you can create a mini-business (start to finish!) in a weekend just by using the right model and some high quality PLR.

It works…

(To the tune of $100K or more per year. It’s up to you. No limits, no ceiling.)

In an effort to put you in the driver’s seat, and put you in TOTAL CONTROL, I’m going to point you to some awesome resources in the next few days.

I’ve thrown enough at you today. Digest everything. Think about it. And, get ready for what comes next. I won’t let you down…

HINT: We’ve created the best mini-business model in the world. It’s tested and proven. I just used it myself this weekend. It’s literally what we use. And, we’ve also put together the number one program on exploiting private label rights. You cannot find anything better on the topic of PLR. We will reveal BOTH of these products in the near future. Stay tuned!

Take care,

~ John

p.s. You can also start a mini-business while you’re still working in the belly of the beast. You can build up a business on the side, just putting in a few hours each week. A few nights and maybe part of a weekend. In no time… you can make as much with a mini-business as you make working for The Man. Then, you can kill your day job. You can enjoy freedom, power and control.