Outsourcing for Startups : Why, what and some tips

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Based on our experience using outsourcing to build multiple tech startups, we presented this at a recent event on the topic 'Outsourcing for Startups' .
We cover:
- Types of outsourcing applicable to startups
- Myths
- Why and what to outsource
- Tips to get high quaity results.

Read more at http://www.getviable.com

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  • Outsourcing for Startups : Why, what and some tips

    1. 1. How to build your idea and scale your startupOutsourcing for Startups Leslie Barry, CEO
    2. 2. Outsourcing?Freelancing Call centers Offshoring Contests Crowdfunding Crowdsourcing
    3. 3. Outsourcing is “a highly-skilled Services Marketplace” defined scope,Outsourcing Offshore ServicesCrowdsourcing = defined price, Contest to create options defined skill,Freelancing sub-contract offshore resources
    4. 4. Myths offshore = low skill level Annoying after hours sales calls Unmotivated Outsource needs high management overhead offshore = abuse Telco Call centerLow price = low quality Low skilled labour Only India / Russia Loss of IP
    5. 5. Why? High Quality, affordable skills Scale Fast Reduce CostsAccess Talent and Menial Tasks Ideas Test Ideas Flexibility Reduce time to market Focus
    6. 6. Startup Opportunities Stage Outsource Crowdsource FreelanceIdea •Naming •Funding •SEO SetupEngage •Landing Page Setup •Mailchimp Setup •Logo Design •Copy for launch PageDesign •User Interface •Wireframe Design • Design •Functional Specifications •Data CaptureBuild •Build Website •Project Management •Build Mobile App •Monthly SupportScale •Dedicated Development Team •Namestation •Elance •Kickstarter •ODeskProviders •ODesk •99Designs, •Elance •Freelancer DesignCrowd •Freelancer •Crowdspring
    7. 7. Getting Great Outcomes1. Ask yourself “what skill is not core to my startup?” - eg; data capture, mailing leads2. Commodity or Talent?3. Be specific.4. Filtering question is gold!5. Aim for the best people or team.6. Choose wisely - interview with the same diligence as you would a local.7. Research your pricing - oDesk, eLance, Freelancer, etc
    8. 8. Getting Great Outcomes1. Manage them as part of your team. Same courtesy, respect, patience, diligence, guidance.2. Test them with a small, sample task.3. Test with a low impact “work package”4. Start with hourly, move to Fixed.5. Structure smart milestones based on outcomes. 15%, ........, 30%6. Fire fast. Cut your losses and move on.
    9. 9. How to build your idea and scale your startup More answers at http://www.getviable.com Leslie Barry @LeslieCBarry leslie@getviable.com @getviable

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