EFP 71: 7 Things You Should NEVER Outsource

Justin Cooke

November 21, 2013

Outsourcing can be a great thing and has provided us a ton of value. Hell, our main business started off here in the Philippines as an outsourcing company!

When You Should Stop Outsourcing

You can get so much more done when you manage virtual assistants well. However, there’s a limit to what you should be outsourcing. You could outsource everything, but just because you can doesn’t mean you should or that it’s a good idea.

This week we talk about the seven things you should never outsource. There may be some things you may disagree with in this episode and we’re really interested to hear what you have to say.

We’ll give you the exact reasons why we think these things shouldn’t be outsourced and cover some of the popular misconceptions about outsourcing in general.

Check Out This Week’s Episode Here:

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Topics Discussed This Week Include:

  • Footage from the Boxing event we held here in Davao
  • New product launch, Niche Sites from Scratch
  • Blaming failure on your team
  • Aspects of sales that can and can’t be outsourced
  • Maintaining a consistent brand image
  • Networking and connecting with influencers



  • “If you’re not communicating well within your company then other people will do it for you.” – Justin – Click To Tweet!
  • “There are low level sale jobs you can get part-time that will teach you the basics of sales and help your business.” – Joe – Click To Tweet!

Do you agree or disagree with some of the points we’ve made? Talk to us about your opinions by either reaching out on Twitter, leaving us a message on SpeakPipe, or comment below – we’d love to hear from you!

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  1. John says:

    Really new information for me.Thank you for sharing.Good to know the tasks that we should not outsource to the virtual personal assistant.

  2. Jeremy says:

    Dang who’s training them young guys? Look out Joe, they’re going to take the crown one day.

    I’m at the same weight Joe, fight at 172, let myself get to 195 right now. Scared of the day when I have to get back down to weight.

  3. Dave Starr says:

    Good stuff guys. One of the larger blunders I see guys make all the time is following the dream-like idea that outsourcing work means you don’t have to know anything about getting the work done. It seems to come from a lot of guys who write “dreamy” little books about how things will work in a perfect world. Ain’t no such place, sadly.

    The most people I have ever had working for me is 30. What an “Emperor of the World” was I. NOT. It is work, guys and gals, to keep 30 people (or even 3), happy, on track, even in the same general direction. Outsourcing (or having regular employees) is a great idea when you have a need and you can keep them productive, but outsourcing the work you don’t know how to do? Scary indeed.

    And when did you guys sneak into my house and take that picture of me that you used in this article. Was that outsourced? I’m really glad I cleaned up my room so nice for the pic, usually it is messier. But how long has it been since I had that much hair? ;-)

  4. toddbeuckens says:

    Great episode. Pretty much agree with everything except the Social Media. I don’t do any of my SM for various reasons. 1) I hate social media so I leave it someone who likes it. 2) As long as I set up the meta tags rights, most of the time a pasting of a link will suffice. Once you got Twitter, FB, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc it adds up. 3) Also, I market a lot to markets in languages other than English so having a bilingual SM VA is huge, and also really helps traffic. Also for good FB traffic, so true about pics but video is even better, but don’t use a Youtube clip. Upload a small video and have a link to your site in the text section above the video.

  5. Tim Soulo says:

    Hey Justin & Joseph :)

    Huge thanks for featuring my tool! It was a perfect brief overview of what the tool does and why it’s useful for bloggers.

    And guys… I was in Philippines, but not in Davao.. I was in Angeles for 2 weeks.. which is pretty much on another island :)

    I really-really wanted to come and meet you guys, but that would have messed up our plans with Dainis.

    Oh and by the way.. I do some MMA for 2 years now.. so maybe one day we’ll spar with Joseph :) (What’s your weight, mate? Mine is 172 pounds.)

    And the last thing… this “Click To Tweet” thingy you use… I actually created a nice plugin that does pretty much the same, but in a more fancy way.. (see the video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WKV6mARuHo – not my voice there btw)

    I’d be happy to send you this plugin, but I don’t know your direct email… Drop me a line at “timsoulo at gmail” and I’ll send you this plugin.. it should look cool on your blog :)

    Once again… huge thanks for featuring me!

  6. OnSynergy says:

    a couple of years ago I had a teacher who used to say “if you can outsource your strategy…you’re in trouble” – you guys boil it down. Specific and actionable ideas. Thumbs up!

  7. Having used to work in Real Estate sales, man that was a tough lesson in self improvement but I’d recommend it to pretty much everyone. Nice one guys.

    Definitely agree with what you’re saying, all of it.

  8. Thanks for the shout-out, where’s the link in the Mentions dammit? ;)

    Loved the episode but think you are off on social media, you are “outsourcing” it to Vincent now. There is nothing wrong with training multiple people to use your social platforms. I don’t think Joel was saying “spray & pray” or to be an promoter only, but no doubt YOU dont have to be the one that uses your social platform to engage your audience.

    • Yeah, maybe that’s a better way to say it — the announce part can be outsourced or even automated, the interaction cannot. Still I think it’s best those starting off take a simple approach or don’t do it all.

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