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Creative Delegation Logistics

Creative Delegation Logistics

Creative Delegation Logistics

outsource, work while you sleep

Two recent clients situations have pointed to the possibility of outsourcing locally or internationally. Though offshore talent carries with it political/emotional forethought, there are also practical barriers to using it…if only as a starting point for eventually hiring someone locally. This post addresses those logistics.


  • A video on the concept of outsourcing
  • WSJ and NYT articles showcasing the positives and negatives


Elance (most popular)

  • Local and international talent
  • Search for virtual assistant, personal assistant or executive assistant
  • Note client feedback/ratings for each
  • Some are individuals, others are companies
  • $4/hour+


  • Based in India
  • Highly professional; business assignments only
  • Company assigns talent based on request
  • $15/hour+

    Your Man In India

  • Based in India
  • Company assigns talent based on request
  • Not as professional; interview before assigning important tasks
  • $6.25/hour+


These delegation guidelines are from Tim Ferriss, Four Hour Work Week author:

  • Request someone with excellent English skills, indicating phone calls are required (even if not)
  • Request a replacement quickly if there are repeated communication issues
  • Give precise direction and give it in 2nd-grade reading level
  • Ask for assignment to be rephrased to confirm understanding
  • Request a status update after a few hours of work to ensure they’re on the right path
  • Use more than one assistant so you can spread the work around when you need to
  • Break big projects into smaller milestones
  • Provide short deadlines…72 hours or less
  • Request one task at a time whenever possible

Do you have people working for you while you sleep? What experiences with outsourcing or delegating can you share?

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