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Hello Everyone welcome to week four and module three. And here we're going to be discussing why you should outsource.

If you already have developers that you know and trust. That is amazing. This is great if you need to be able to scale up, and you need developers that you can trust. And also we're just going to kind of walk you through a train that I wish I would have had when I first started because I had to learn all this the hard way, where I'd find a developer think that everything's great and by the time the project launched, it was a huge mess and bugs were being taken care of and quality control wasn't there, so I want to walk you through all the, all these different trainings so that you can be better prepared, whether you have a technical background or not, and also give you some options that allow you to scale up quickly and sleep better at night at the end of the day.

And so why Aloa is right and for me I outsource because this was my plan from day one, I knew I couldn't do everything, and I wanted to hire people that were much smarter than me. And so I wanted to outsource because I didn't want in house developers, I didn't have a partner, I didn't have anyone, it was just me and I always wanted to keep my costs down. I didn't want to have a traditional office didn't want to have traditional employees because they just wanted a internet connection and outsourcing gave me that opportunity. And it also gave me more free time, right, and everyone from founders to managers want to free up more time so you can focus on running your business and outsourcing does this, and it's a great way not only to free up your time but spend less time focusing on all the granular details that go in with a project and you're able to focus more on managing your business and your vision, instead of being in the weeds with everything

You might find that outsourcing can be way more cost effective in the long run, considering that salaries for software engineers in the US, often start at six figures, and a good outsourcing partner isn't cheap by any means, but you can hire a full time, outsourcing team for the price of a single US based software edge. And if you're feeling hesitant, it's completely understandable, especially when it comes to outsourcing and kind of giving up control to an external team developer. And, you know. Who's going to care more about your business, as much as you do, right, but the reality is that successful businesses will bring in more work than you'll be able to handle in house without redlining, most companies outsource some part of their software development, including names like Google and IBM and slack in Basecamp so outsourcing is definitely not something to be afraid of but you need to make sure that you do it properly.

So, deciding to outsource is one thing, but knowing where to start is another you'll face a variety of different challenges when it comes to putting together your own team. First one is finding and vetting developers that really can be difficult and overwhelming especially if you don't have a ton of technical experience. It takes time, effort and technical knowledge to do so properly. So how can you trust their website and portfolio. Do you have time to verify every project reference listed. If you choose your team internationally figuring out international payments can be difficult not to mention the legal and tax regulations that you'll have to consider. It's also important to negotiate a payment structure that lets you pay a certain milestones and just gives you the freedom that you need, especially with cash flow, cash flow in our businesses is super crucial and making sure that you have payment terms that work for you with your team is critical. And finally, managing long distance team of developers can be challenging when you consider all the different timezone, and language barriers. And so much of the success of a project with an outsource team is really effective management of your developers, right, it's the only way to ensure that you'll get the product that you paid for. You don't want to be blind to the progress of your project until the day it's delivered when the client sees it and it's like, I've been there before and it's been a nightmare. You'll need to implement a project structure and process from day one that allows for transparency into the product as it's being built.

Now, let's talk about some common pain points. The most common pain points for agency owners are related to transparency and for me, communication and trust, communication for me and my agency has been the biggest struggle, especially just with different cultures and the way that different cultures communicate. I find that that has been the biggest challenge for me, but we're going to we're going to cover a lot of that in these following modules. And so, with transparency and communication. You also need to have trust right again this theme comes up over and over. This is a human to human process, and you need to be able to trust your outsource team so that you know that everything is being handled correctly and you can focus more on growing your business, not being in your business. However you choose to outsource, you'll need a project management platform that enables visibility in every aspect of project delivery streamline communication to keep a log of decisions action items backlogs bugs, etc, and a vetting system to ensure that all developers you work with, have great communication skills, and are fluent in English, you want to think about all these things before you pull the trigger on outsourcing and really have a strategy in place for manage your team going in, and all these topics we're going to dive into detail in the following modules, and whether you decide to work with an outsourcing platform like Alibaba which we'll get into at the end of this week, or handle this all of yourself in terms of vetting hiring and managing your team. These modules are really going to help you get to where you need to be especially if this is your first time, outsourcing a project, so I'm going to teach you, hopefully, all of the ins and outs of creating a team that really works for your agency. And, again, can allow you to sleep better at night, and in each module we've partnered with Aloa, we've created some ebooks that you can download directly in each module that's going to help you if you ever need to refer back to them, these are free download in these resources, just click it and download it and you'll have it right there. These have been an invaluable resource for me, and I'm sure they will be great for you. And so this is kind of why I outsource, why I recommend outsourcing. And when you finally have that team that you can push any project two, you will really start to see growth in your agency and you'll just feel better and more confident and your, your agency can grow

So with that said, let's hop into the next module and in this module, we're going to be covering what you need to be doing to vet developers properly