Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Small biz outsourcing -
when, who, what, how.
I read a good blog by Pamela Slim called "Escape From Cubicle Nation".
Her subtitle is "How to go from corporate prisoner to thriving entrepreneur."
I find Ms. Slim's positions on entrepreneurship to be well reasoned and realistic. She accurately describes the step by step approach it takes to start new enterprises, which is a breath of fresh air amid the blowing winds of you-can-get-rich-quickly nonsense typical of most startup writing. She also has a really nice, personal writing style that makes her subjects easy to approach.
Ms. Slim posted a great piece this week (Aug. 28, '07) called, "It takes a village to raise a one-person business."
She opens with an idea that all of us working in entrepreneurship can identify with. "Some entrepreneurs have a hard time asking for help, preferring to do everything themselves, from computer software and hardware installation to billing to licking stamps."
Following that opening, Ms. Slim breaks out the key areas entrepreneurs need to think about when considering outsourcing solutions.
- When to use an outside resource
- Who to use
- What to use
- How to use
I especially liked the subset of info under 'Who to use', because it's an area that bugs me. Ms Slim herself has good credentials for advising startups. What I often see among clients and startup friends is the over-reliance of entrepreneurs on government support programs staffed by people with little or no relevant history or results as startup entrepreneurs
When looking for entrepreneurial advice, Ms. Slim recommends judging the provider by the following criteria:
I recommend reading the full text of this specific post, and all of Pamela Slim's good writing over at "Escape From Cubicle Nation"
It takes a village to raise a one-person business, by Pamela Slim