Outsourcing A Virtual Team Empire With Rob Rawson – FA168

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Your Company Is Only As Good As Your People…

In today’s episode, Tim sits down with Rob Rawson, a proven expert in outsourcing and virtual team building. Rob is the creator of Staff.com and TimeDoctor.com, sites which are focused on allowing you to build long lasting and trusting relationships with your virtual employees, increasing your time, income and mobility.

After using just about every outsourcing option available on the market, Rob, as many others have before him, quickly realised that it can be almost impossible to build a strong and dependable online team. From his extensive knowledge of the market, his own personal need and an obvious understanding of domain name acquisition, Staff.com was born.

Listen in as Rob shares his real-world tips on building an online business, how you can get the most from your freelancers and the dangers of information products.

Hyping It Up With Rob’s Secret Strategies…

  • Testing a broad range to narrow down your options.
  • Getting and retaining the right people.
  • Ins and outs of the domain name marketplace.
  • Selling a service vs. information products.
  • ‘Moving the free-line’.

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  • Ali

    Hey Tim, I like your show, the advice you give and I particularly like that you value things other than money, exclusively. That’s why I listen to your podcast every week.

    This one bothers me though. When someone recommends the Philippines, Ukraine and Russia (exclusively) for outsourcing, the subtext is always ‘cheap’. When they suggest that you should also be monitoring contractors by using software that effectively allows you to look over their shoulder, that just bugs me even more – why not judge, and pay them, based on what they produce?

    In my opinion, focusing on price and monitoring is bad advice. If you want good work and a contractor that is likely to stick around, then try building a relationship with them! Relationships are built on trust and constantly looking over someone’s shoulder is not conducive to that.

    I’m an aspiring technology entrepreneur who has worked for the boss whose main metric was that their employees were sitting, looking busy at their terminals. I want to create a business that reflects my values and I think we all have a responsibility – as internet entrepreneurs creating new, dynamic businesses – not to become that boss most of us are trying to escape and to also pay a fair price for other people’s work…

    Thanks,

    Ali.

    • Ali, there is no reason for you to run your business the way Rob and many other business owners do.

      Go pick up 10 management books and you’ll have 10 different philosophies on what works in a business.

      You should build your own business culture and do it the way you want and the way that works for your company.

      If you find that you can pay for performance and build reciprocal trust then do so.

      After nearly a decade and a half of consulting with hundreds and hundreds of companies, I’ve learned that there isn’t a one right way to do anything.

      Trust but verify.

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