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' . …

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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  • 1. How to build your idea and scale your startupOutsourcing for Startups Leslie Barry, CEO
  • 2. Outsourcing?Freelancing Call centers Offshoring Contests Crowdfunding Crowdsourcing
  • 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. 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. Why? High Quality, affordable skills Scale Fast Reduce CostsAccess Talent and Menial Tasks Ideas Test Ideas Flexibility Reduce time to market Focus
  • 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. 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. 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. How to build your idea and scale your startup More answers at http://www.getviable.com Leslie Barry @LeslieCBarry leslie@getviable.com @getviable