If I Had To Do It All Over Again This Is What I Would Do Differently

I read through the comments that were left to my previous post regarding the changes I’m making to how I outsource. You can read the post and the comment stream that follows it here –

Why I Am Changing How I Outsource

I noticed that there is one consistent roadblock that people refer to as the reason why they don’t outsource…

A lack of cash.

It’s a catch 22 situation. You need to outsource in order to get your business going so you can make money, but you need money to pay for outsourcing.

During the start-up phase of your business the most important objective is to build momentum. Momentum leads to cash flow and cash flow leads to leverage when you can do things like hire people to help you. So how in the first place do you build momentum?

In order to answer this question I had to think back to the very start of my journey online, before I had cash flow, when I had very little money in the bank and outsourcing wasn’t a concept I was even aware of. Even if I was, I would not have spent what little money I had on things I felt I could learn how to do.

Given what I know now, here’s what I would do differently if I was to go back and advise myself when I was just starting out.

This Is Where I Was

I won’t go back over my entire business history because I’ve already done so in numerous previous blog posts (you can start with my business timeline if you haven’t heard my backstory before).

In summary, I went online in 1998, played with the web for two years, spending my time on newsgroups, forums and surfing for information on the things I was interested in at the time. I then created my first website, and over the next two years slowly built it up until it had a small audience, which I monetized with banner ads, making about $500 a month from it while studying at university.

This is a good place to start from because I wasn’t making much money. Although my website could make up to several hundred dollars a month reasonably consistently and I had a part time job paying me $25/hour, working about 15 hours a week, my living and “fun” expenses pretty much ate up most of my cash. I was saving a few hundred dollars a week, mostly because I didn’t drink and alcohol can apparently be quite expensive (if you need cash – quit drinking for a while and see how much you save!).

Shortly after this I would go on to start my proofreading business, then get into blogging a few years later.

Throughout this entire time I did everything myself. I built all the websites, including countless hours lost to making minor design tweaks because I wasn’t very good at HTML. I handled all the emails, I chased up and billed sponsors, I worked on the SEO for all my sites, I created all graphical elements, managed the servers, installed scripts and I handled all the offline marketing and administration issues.

While I learned a lot during these years, it was a terribly slow way to build momentum, and I was frustrated and confused. On top of this, I didn’t know if anything I was doing would work, so there was always that sense of self-doubt present as well.

This Is What I Would Do Differently

I’m confident that my experiences growing my business are fairly typical, but of course in hindsight I would do things differently. If I was to sit down with that Yaro from all those years ago and advise him on what to do, this is what I would say. Hopefully this advice is helpful to you as well.

  • Save money from your part time job and any cash you make online, even if it’s just from something like selling goods on ebay. Save at least $1000 if possible.
  • Choose a business model you’re going to follow and properly test. In my case, I could have given this advice at the point where I was about to start the proofreading business or blogging.
  • If you know absolutely nothing about the model you are going to follow, or you haven’t selected one, do some research first to find out what path you are going to take. Make sure you understand how this business produces revenue, because your first goal is to get cash flow. At this stage you can purchase a course to learn how, but I’d only recommend doing so if you are absolutely sure it’s the model you want to follow and try not to spend more than a few hundred dollars so you have some cash left over.
  • Your next step is to set up a website of some kind. Rather than work out how to do coding, or use a program like frontpage or dreamweaver, or even install wordpress and do all the tech work yourself, I suggest you take about $300 of the money you have saved and hire a tech person to work for you for a full month full time. The first job they do for you is to set up whatever website(s) you require for the business model you are going after.
  • In my case of the proofreading business I’d have the website set up to sell the service and have a blog built-on to it. In the case of the blogging model, I’d have the tech person create a blog with the right plug-ins and a unique design with an email opt-in box.
  • Once the website is done, I’d take another $300 and hire a full time writer for a month to create content. If I was starting the proofreading business, I’d ask the person to write articles about proofreading based on what keywords I researched were important to bring the right customers to my site.
  • Any remaining time with the outsourcers left over I’d have them do work to bring traffic to the site, either building links or submitting articles to other sites, or creating more websites, or setting up an affiliate program, or designing book covers, or whatever is required to make your business model work. In most cases the important part is marketing to bring traffic, because traffic leads to revenue, so I’d focus my contractors on activities related to that.

Bear in mind this whole time you haven’t quit your job. You’re still working, so you have cash flow coming in, but your business has started with the help of outsourcers. All the above steps can be done in a month with help from outsourcing, spending less than one thousand dollars. The alternative, which was my reality years ago when I started my first projects, was to spend as much as six or even twelve months to get just these basics set up. That’s just too slow.

Cash flow is at the heart of business momentum, and until your business generates enough cash flow to pay for outsourcing, not to mention your own living expenses, you’re going to have to keep working your job.

In my case I worked my part time job for years, but instead of using the money I made to help grow my business quicker, I left it in the bank because it felt safer to do that. I ended up with a couple of thousand dollars saved, and literally years “lost” because of how slow it took me to get going.

I don’t begrudge this experience. It served its purpose for my growth and I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. However you can benefit from my hindsight and all the amazing resources out there now to help with this sort of thing.

If a lack of cash is the only reason you don’t outsource now, that is not a good enough reason. Save up some money, hire a person for a month and see how much more you get done. If you get good at finding good people to help you, you’re momentum building phase can take months, rather than years. From there you can reinvest business cash flow to increase momentum and you have created a positive reinforcement loop, which is an incredibly good foundation for a healthy business that doesn’t rely only on you.

Good luck!

Yaro Starak
Creating Cash Flow

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  • Ron

    Again, another quite inspiring and straight to the point post from you Yaro. I am now really learning this outsourcing thing day by day just by reading your post about it.

  • Everything you write is full of insight and allows us to take that step back that we all sometimes need, but every now and again Yaro, you come up with a little snippet that just ‘does it’ for me and really allows me to take a step outside and see where I am going. You talk about the importance of understanding how your chosen business plan produces revenue and WOW—How strange that the most obvious question is sometimes the last one we ask of ourselves. Its 3 months into my online business venture, but cashflow has not even come up!.(that is concerning in hindsight) But I have been so busy trying to learn everything and then finding the time to implement it that I have not gone very far.
    Now that you have shown me the (hindsight) brilliance of outsourcing early, I will be taking the next step RIGHT NOW (and asking myself where the money is coming from whilst I’m at it!)
    Thanks Yaro for everything, including your Blog mastermind course…

  • Hi Yaro,

    Many valuable experiences here. I’m a startup blogger & entrepreneur myself (put up my blog just a month ago) , so this was a very interesting read. I’m currently in a full-time job and building my own “adventure” on the side, so I can easily put myself in your position when you were just starting out!

    I totally agree that it would be a great idea to hire a VA, freelancer, designer, etc. right from the start when starting to build your business. I haven’t done it yet, simply because the “building the foundation” kind of tasks are something that I want to do by myself (registering the company, choosing the business model, connecting with like minded people in my business sector, finding audience). I’ve also done all the “techie” stuff by myself. Now, I could have outsourced those and saved some time there, but since I’ve been working on the web dev business field for around a decade now, that wasn’t really a big deal for me personally. More about where I’m going to use outsourcing just in a second. First:

    One thing that I haven’t really thought of is to hire a writer to write content on my blog. I totally get WHY that would probably be a good idea, but personally, I feel a bit uncomfortable about an idea that someone else would write my content. Blog is a place (at least for me) where I want to share my insights and bring something to the table based on my own expertise and work history. Now, if I’d hire someone to write that content, I’d feel like I’m cheating (my blog is filling with great articles, but only a few of those were actually written by me). I’m sure it would bring more traffic and I’d have more time to focus on other things in my business, but It would just feel..wrong. Can you help me turn this “wrong to ok” in my mind Yaro? 🙂

    Now having said that, I love the idea of guest blogging. That is something I’m definitely going to do. I also really like the idea of creating content through interviews (actually did my very first interview just yesterday, which was a thrill!). Now here’s where outsourcing come into play in my books: building products & services. I have a project, related to my current blog where I’m creating a digital product package for a selected audience. While I’m creating a lot of stuff for that package myself, I definitely don’t want to have to think about (do) the designs, programming, video editing, that kind of stuff. That’s where I’m going to use outsourced workforce.

    But once again, great post man! Would be a thrill to hear your thoughts about that “outsourcing content writing” problem that I have in my mindset atm! 🙂

    • In terms of having other people write content for you Juha, it really depends what model you are following. For example if you are building an authority blog about your expertise, the content should come from you – at least the content on your blog.

      There are some people who would argue that you can hire some really good writers – on par with the content you could produce for your blog, so there’s no reason not to outsource this even if you are building an authority blog – the more quality content the better right?

      In my case I’d use the content writer for guest posts and article marketing directories – in fact that is the entire job I’d have them do, create content, submit it all over the web and link it back to the blog, thus helping your SEO and traffic and it’s completely hands-off for you.

      There are countless other ways to use a content producer of course, so you have to decide based on your goals.

      • Thanks, I’m kind of in the same stage as Juha. I agree completely that it’s better to use outside help only for writing guest articles and the like, but keep content coming from you true to yourself. It’ll definitely pay off developing a better identity for yourself in the long run.

        Till then,


      • Thanks for your thoughts Yaro! Authority blog is definitely what I’m after. By creating your own content, you build trust – and that’s what’s matters the most in this case! Something that I could sometimes outsource in a blog post writing process is the research part (if it would be a major post that would require me to spend a lot of time researching things like statistics, going trough previous research on a particular problem, etc.). If the research would be done by my VA, We’d go through the results together and THEN I’d write the post. Would definitely make my life easier.

        Content submitting and SEO is something I’d love to outsource. Both are very important tasks, but at the same time, those are that kind of things that can really eat up your time. Heck, instead of researching post title headlines, keywords and “pinging” your selected directories – you could already be writing your next killer post! More quality content, the better – like you said!

        Think I’m heading to oDesk next.. Thanks again Yaro!

  • wes

    now this is a valuable post.

    this is the kind of value you give to people, on how they not only would save money, plus years of their lives as well. Thanks yaro and john 🙂

    are you going to buy the course yaro btw?

  • Hey Yaro,

    recently I’ve seen an influx of posts regarding outsourcing. Must have something to do with John Reese’s upcoming product launch.

    But what seems lacking to everyone’s thoughts is that no one thinks in terms of responsibilities. Instead they think in what tasks they want completed. But giving someone responsibilities creates pro-active outsourcers that actually step forward to grow your business.

    • Great point Dave – I’m sure once you find an outsourcer you like and trust, giving them more control and responsibility would help cement a solid relationship.

      You could probably focus more on goals then too, rather than specific tasks. So for example tell them “we need to build more quality links” and they can figure out how to do this as best they see fit so they control the work and thus feel more responsible for the outcomes.

  • Hi Yaro,

    Connecting with you after a long time (I think I had posted a question in regular members’ online call, months ago).

    Yaro, your points make sense. I have always been a person who prefers doing everything by himself. May be this is what i have learned in my past years. Getting into your BMM and MSM courses have showed me a new way of looking at me and my work. Really the entrepreneur within me has awakened after that.

    Currently I have my own consulting practice at my local city. This is my work where I exchange time for money. Also, it functions only in my presence.

    I was looking for ways to make things happen in a way where I get satisfaction of my work and at the same time the work does not always need my presence. Blogging interested me but I did not know anything about it. In my mind it was just a journaling.

    After reading your posts and going through your courses, I now see things more clearly.

    I now see that I am more in a ‘technician’ mode than in an ‘entrepreneur’ mode.

    For me, I think ‘not outsourcing’ is not because of lack of money but
    1. I don’t know how to get a good and reliable person to do my work without meeting him personally
    2. I still have residual self-doubt that investing money in this field of ‘internet business’ will surely work for me. (??). I am used to my offline work although I know that it may not bring the freedom I am looking for.

    I have not followed Tyrone Shum and his teachings. I think that should help me.

    Anyways, keep posting such blog posts.

  • Hmm..but if you hadn’t done that the slow way, you would have less to teach and would have less experience. Of course, not everyone will go teaching later on but if someone does, not outsourcing gives good advantage. I think you would have less credibility in everyone’s eyes now had you outsourced. 🙂

    Whatcha think about this?


    • That’s true Adrijus, as I said, the journey for me was valuable, but I think today most people can’t afford to flounder around learning as much of the technical things that I did. It means spending 4-5 years making very little money, if any at all, so why not take advantage of the opportunity to get help earlier and focus your learning on the areas that you want to become an expert in, which I doubt is “how to set up a blog”.

      • I don’t think you would have had less credibility, isn’t it about creating a good product that people want. By doing that, it doesn’t matter how you get there just that you did. I think you should work smart not hard. Know your strengths and your weaknesses. Then get people others to fill in when you lack.

      • That makes so much sense…I’ve always thought working hard is a key to success (and I still do) but what you’re recommending is working smart (if I’m not wrong), and I think that’s main component to getting more done in less time….sometimes though, it’s difficult for a newbie like myself and others alike to start outsourcing when we don’t understand and haven’t actually done the things that we want to outsource.

        This article was simple and to the point..appreciate the value, Yaro.


        • I think that’s a good point too. I’ve been at this for almost 3 years, and I’m trying to outsource more and get other people’s efforts compounding to build momentum for me, but if I hadn’t floundered for those first few years, trying to do it all myself, it would be a lot harder to outsource effectively. How do I explain what I want them to do, when I have no idea myself? For me at least, it’s helped that I’ve worked on all these aspects of blogging myself, that way I can provide more effective guidance to those I am putting to work for me.

  • What’s up Yaro,

    I understand the pain of coding when it’s something you don’t really know or do professionally. Especially in the early 2000’s when we had far less site builders and CMS. I think your example seems to be cutting it close on the savings…but hay, that’s taking a risk. The advantage of leverage is appealing…because this directly relates to scaling. I’m starting to realize there’s only so much I can do on my own as a freelancer. I need to outsource.

    Thank you so much for the post…it’s a real motivator.

  • Solid advice yet again, Yaro.

    I’m in the process of doing exactly what you advise to do in this post. Yes, it is a somewhat large outlay of money for something I could probably do (or figure out how to do). BUT the time it would save me alone is well worth it. Plus, I would be hiring a professional to do it which- in theory- would produce better results anyway.


    Wesley Craig Green

    • Good point about outsourcing producing better results. Obviously a professional is going to do a better job at nearly any task compared to someone who is learning how to do things along the way. When you try to do everything yourself, you are most likely going to do some things less efficiently or less effectively.

      • See, not this is one of those points where I am skeptical.

        When I was a total noob 3 years ago, I thought this way too. If I jumped into outsourcing content at that time, I would have assumed that I was hiring a professional.

        But after being a freelance writer on and off these past three years, I know firsthand that when it comes to outsourcing written content, you get what you pay for. $300 to outsource a writer “full time” for a month? Any freelance writer who will write articles full time for $300 a month is not likely to be someone who can create high quality content. Unless we’re talking about only publishing 10-15 posts per month, but I’m assuming that full-time means 20-40 hours per week, in which case a FT writer should be able to produce 5-10x that amount of content.

        Anyways, I feel like I’m nitpicking here, but I totally agree with the main thrust of your post, Yaro: outsource early and keep outsourcing every single month to build and sustain momentum.

        • Thanks Chris – I agree, with $300 today I wouldn’t use that to hire article writers, I’d use it to help me create one powerful content asset – like perhaps someone to edit and format a free report I write myself, or create an infographic I can share.


  • You are totally on track here, Yaro. The only way to grow a business into the place where you are going to make 6 figures or more per year, is to get some help from others. Each time your revenue grows, you are also multiplying your business problems as well. Outsourcing the things that other people can do for you is one fo the best ways to get back some more valuable time.

    Time is the only thing that we don’t get more of. You can always make more money.

    -Joshua Black
    The Underdog Millionaire

  • another great insight!

    please have a look on my last post about finding the best SEO words… of course i want to hear your opinion 🙂

  • I look at it as time is money, so if you yourself can free up some of your time by outsourcing you will end up better off. You have to spend money to make money!

  • This is very good advice and some i think we all need to take a look at. I think it is good in the beginning to do most of the work for ourselves. It is good experience and the know how will come in handy as we prepare to outsource and let others handle some of these task. it can be tough to let go as you are not sure that the people we may hire will not be doing it the way we would like. That is where the experience we learned in the beginning comes in to play. We can train someone to do like we want it done and then we can move on to something else. Thanks for showing us a blueprint from what you have learned.

  • I really get your point Yaro! I’ve been trying to get a personal project going for yonks already, and the time just never seems to be there to get things rolling properly. Outsourcing is key, especially on the technical aspects I can not accomplish by myself. Learning is cool, but frustrating, and with time being money outsourcing makes sense.

  • I completely agree with this post Yaro. It sounds like I have made a lot of the same mistakes as you. I also tried to get my business going all on my own, doing everything from website design to coding and seo. It did take an extremely long time. By the time everything was setup and going, my motivation and work levels were starting to drop off. I would have been much better off if I had recruited help and used my energy more effectively.

  • so true it takes money to make money. Out sourcing may be the thing to do….in order to make money sometimes we have to make that choice

  • I think that you started out on a great platform with your small sites first. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us so that we may learn from your mistakes and find better ways to improve.

  • This truly makes me realize the value of saving money before any type of endeavor. I know a few friends who have plunged into designing a site for a business, hoping that it would give income. But it’s more important to postpone those plans and perhaps spend a few months or a year in saving while working on your dayjob

    • I think you missed the point of this post. Yaro is not recommending that you just sit on your hands and wait until you have money saved up. He is just stressing how much smoother everything would have gone if he had invested in some outsourcing instead of doing everything himself. If you don’t have money to invest, it does not mean that you should not bother starting your business yet. You can still start on your own and try to integrate some outsourcing into your business plans when you have a bit of extra money.

  • That’s awesome Yaro! I enjoy reading about your experience on how you’ve accomplished your success. I’m currently working on my own website, it’s free stuff theme based and I think a lot of people will benefit from it. One of the keys to success on the internet is to provide users with things they can benefit from and make it free.

  • well, no matter if your site is free, you have great content, its user friendly, you provide great content etc. your site still needs traffic and promotion to get noticed, so its easier said then done really. The web is so saturated now days, you really need a great idea and lots of promotion/money to gain end users and traffic etc.
    great article

  • I’m not sure it’s going to be that easy for me to save $1000, but that is now my goal. However, can you really get a good tech guy to work on your site full time for just $300/month? I thought these guys commanded well more than that.

  • It is true that people who have just started this business may not have enough money to outsource. To most people, outsourcing belongs to those who are making money already.

    However you have provided another insight for those who are just starting out with shoestring budget. This will definitely help them a lot

  • JV

    Saving $1000 is quite a task in this day and age where each of our mental and physical faculties are exposed to a customized marketing campaign. My motto has always been diversification to mitigate risk. By diversification, I mean creating additional income channels at least at a vulnerable time like during the initial stages of launching a company. Personally, I use Skillocracy.com. A website for freelancers that allows my work to speak for myself. No time wasted and no hassles at all.

    • I’d never heard of skillocracy.com but it sounds like a good site! I’lll have to check it out! thanks for sharing JV!

  • DIY is not the ideal way to build an empire. Definitely not at optimal pace. The nature of the entrepreneur is such that he or she will tend to take everything on themselves, especially initially. The time and effort I’ve expended on doing things myself, rather than farming it out, comes to a whole lot when I look back over the years. Contracting somebody to do the donkey work, while you focus on the real work is definitely a wise move. Take this lesson, good people. Take it please.

  • Just a tip when you outsource: Get a Filipino for the job. There are many talented IT personalities in the Philippines and $300 a month is good enough for them.

  • Great insight.

    I am just now beginning to outsource. I am actually going to my sister first. While I will be paying her a lot more then I could pay someone else from overseas – I prefer to do it this way and it is only for 1-5 hours a week for now anyways.

    Very soon I will look at quality sites and higher a designer or article writer, etc. I have learned a lot from John Reeses first video and will be watching the second one tomorrow.

    I think a lot of people are afraid of outsourcing. While money might be an issue, it is very cheap and worth pursuing. I know I used to be afraid of having something go wrong, but this is no longer the case. If I want to make money sooner rather then later then outsourcing is a must.

  • Great post, thank you. Everyone has to ask themselves: Is outsourcing a romantic idea for me? In other words, are you thinking that outsourcing is a path to kicking back and overseeing all the work. When you outsource…your work just changes. Doesn’t necessarily decrease at all…after all, with all these outsourcers you are likely bigger and badder. The key skill is not actually being a manager…it’s being able to calculate your profits based on all the outsource expenses in the short and long term. That’s a skill that takes time to develop…and not one that you can outsource for $2 per hour. So…are we being a romantic dreamers when we think of outsourcing? Are we trying to reduce our workload? Outsourcing is the means to grow…are you ready and do you have the skills to grow and climb higher? The fall from up there is a lot more painful so be sure to have killer systems for management and financial record keeping.

  • Hi Yaro! I recently stumbled on your blog and you are truly the kind of blogger that I am aspiring to be. Pure value all over. Great post! I am a strong believer in outsourcing as I work for an outsourcing firm and 2 weeks ago I was scribbling something on my notepad about my business model and thought about outsourcing…and here you are confirming what I was thing.

    Anyways…you got a new fan here in Canada.

  • Nice and prescriptive.

    > Choose a business model
    On this, where do you draw from? is there a good map of models? (for example, do you think in terms of ads vs. sponsors vs. paid subscriptions vs. paid forums … etc.)

    At the end of the day, is the most important measure simply your key point — know how this business produces revenue?

  • Yaro says so because right now he sees his business is successful but at that time hardly it was so certain. Well, I still prefer to do everything myself so if anything happens to my site I won’t be so frustrated without helpers. Possibly later there’ll be sense to outsource, who knows.

  • I believe it is possible to become like a professional copywriter and author even without getting help from other writers. It is the matter of patience and practice.

    By reading a lot of articles written by the experts and then commencing to generate texts, gradually the copies would be made better and better.

  • Great advice Yaro, however the lessons you learned should not be under-appreciated or underestimated. You may feel like you “lost” a few years, but like you said, those years gave you the knowledge and wisdom to go on to bigger and better things, ultimately becoming invaluable experience that you just couldn’t buy, or outsource.

    I would encourage your readers not to get frustrated at their lack of money coupled with slow progress, which can often serve to be the biggest obstacle leading to a newbie’s demise, but instead to stay focused on their ultimate goals and their day to day tasks with the reassurance that one day, they too will be an expert.

    Many thanks Yaro!

    Peace and much love
    Lara Jane
    Founder of the Ultimate Lifestyle Project

  • So what you’re saying is that you should start outsourcing from day one no matter what?

  • Great post Yaro,

    I like when you talk openly of your personal experiences and the steps you have taken to get where you are. It really helps with my plan of attack.

    A great point made by Lara Jane above – don’t get frustrated too early in the game. Building authority and a sustainable online income takes time. Be patient, provide answers to your markets biggest questions and good things will happen.


  • Jan

    Hi Yaro,

    this is the first article I ever read here. I like your description of this catch 22 situation. There is much to think about for me now. I guess you ‘ll have a new reader.

    Best regards, Jan

  • Really encouraging post Yaro. Thanks Mate!

  • Everyone isn’t perfect. You have done well for yourself and are teaching newer bloggers how to utilize the web with your experiences, and mistakes. Thanks a lot.

  • As a writer and web designer I just about choked on my tea reading this. $300 for a month’s work? Don’t think you could find anyone for that price let alone anyone who knows what they’re doing and will create something which will make you proud and convert site visitors into customers! Property prices are expensive up here in Noosa Yaro and people who do a good job get paid well:)

  • Xor

    I have a part time job and I am still earning cash online. Haven’t saved a $1000 yet. As I’ve read on your post, it is inspiring to new bloggers like me. Of course, I have to do the outsourcing personally so that if there’s something wrong, I will not get frustrated why the people I hired did some mistakes.

  • this is the kind of value you give to people, on how they not only would save money, plus years of their lives as well.

  • Great post Yaro! I’m currently a blogger in the making……and your content has really assisted me on my journey of blogging. I realize that i can save so much time and energy by hiring someone else to do the things that i’m not so good at. I believe that all of us became entrepreneurs not just for the money but for time freedom…….so outsourcing only makes sense….so we can leverage our time.

    My question to you Yaro is……do you have any recommendations of people you worked with personally that were pretty good with blog design and things along those lines.If so……that would be great!


    Antoine Grant

    • Hi Antoine, my blog was designed by http://www.uniqueblogdesigns.com, however I don’t think they do any contract blog design work now, instead they focus on their premium themes.

      You might want to google around for design firms, or try finding a good outsourcer, or even head to somewhere like the warriorforum.com for references.

  • Hi Yaro I have been building my online business for roughly 6 months. It wasn’t till last weekend I realised the importance of outsourcing & you have definately hit the nail on the head with this post. So its time to get good at one system, earn some cash then pay other people to do things a: I don’t enjoy doing & b: are better at than me.

  • It’s funny yaro.

    Today I had this massive debate on the warrior forum about business models.

    Somebody was saying that the actual selling of products is getting “old hat” and now it should be services that takes over. (…wow. Completely shocked. Just look around the net my friend…)

    Anyway I referenced a post I read on your blog recently about sales funnels and how eben pagan’s one squeeze page and then the sale of a $20 ebook, is actually the front of a $30m business.

    When I told him that, he soon came around.

    Just in the process of building my business now but getting a lot of positive feedback on the blog. Thanks for the tips and tricks that you share.

    Reach new heights


  • Yaro
    This was perfect for me to hear right now. I basically did what you did in the way of doing it all yourself and trying to save a few bucks. Bad way to go now that I look back on the whole thing.
    Thanks for sharing it and giving me some insite.

  • You made alot of great points to validate your position Yaro. I especially liked the reference you made to cashflow. The way I see it, it depends on the riskiness of the entrepreneur. If you are a risky entrepreneur you will more than likely do the strategy that you stated here to yourself. For the less risky entrepreneur the strategy that your old self employed is the one the less risky one would do. Now myself… I also choose the less risky path, but as you stated with the outsourcing early on, you get greater chance at having that initial cash flow and that momentum going. As they say in Finance and stocks in general… the more risk you under take, the greater the potential for reward.

  • Everything you say here is spot on. Thanks for kicking my ass into gear 😉

  • I think that I will heed your advice here Yaro!

    I’m at the point where you started so I feel like I’m learning all the tricks of the trade. I’m fortunate, to be at a point to where I’m free to do my own SEO, link building, and article writing. I can understand that without certain things in place it can be difficult and frustrating getting on track, but one should take the advice of someone who has overcome the hump in the road.

    Thanks for sharing, Yaro!!

  • If you do not learn anything and just outsource everything, then you wouldn’t know whether the person you have hired is doing the right thing or not. At a time when vast majority of people are simply interested in making cheap and easy money over a short duration of time, rather than work hard and build reputation, this isn’t the right approach.

    For instance I recently hired a guy who was supposed to submit one of my automotive blog to various directories manually.

    Simple enough job, right?

    Not only did that guy went about using a software to auto submit my blog, but didn’t even filter out the directories! Result? I can see that the blog link was submitted to travel, state specific, adult and even couple of gay directories!

    Of course majority of these wrong submissions were turned down (thankfully in case of adult directories), but I at least knew what had just happened and could decide not to hire that person again. Which in case I wasn’t too familiar with these things, I wouldn’t have known and thought I was getting my money’s worth!

  • Very much agreed.

    We all try to have our hands in every aspect of our business but the truth of the matter is we’re better at some things than others. If you aren’t particularly good at a skill, instead of spending days/weeks/months trying to learn how to do it, simply find someone who can and pay them.

    If I had to start all over again, I would have focused more time into building relationships early on instead of after I took the time to learn everything. It would of been great to have others to teach me and bounce ideas along the way.

    My suggestion, if you’re just starting, is to integrate yourself within a community now and stick with it. You’ll find questions you’re also asking being answered by professionals – it’s priceless.

  • One thing that I haven’t really thought of is to hire a writer to write content on my blog. I totally get WHY that would probably be a good idea, but personally, I feel a bit uncomfortable about an idea that someone else would write my content…

    • Is this some new kind of spam or what is this? I find it pretty hard to believe you just came up with the exact same sentence that I commented in this very same post.. 😉

  • Great post Yaro,

    I am learning so much from you, thanks for all that you do!

  • I left it in the bank because it felt safer to do that. I ended up with a couple of thousand dollars saved, and literally years “lost” because of how slow it took me to get going….

  • It’s a great article and like teaching people how to set up a new business on the net in a step-by-step style. It is amazing how the online world could even affect the way people take a look at their earnings because sometimes you may consider leaving your monthly job to focus on your site which could bring you more money in the long term.

  • Yaro, after having analysed and discussed the pros and perceived cons of outsourcing in your recent article, would you still go ahead with the above advice if you were to do it again?

  • Momentum also keeps you in the cycle of being busy which makes work much easier. Once you are out of the cycle it is very difficult to get back into it. This can be very demotivating.

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  • Danny Griffin

    Yaro, the John Reese link points to his Kajabi login not his opt in…good article

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