The following post is a direct cut and paste from WarriorForum, where a Filipino person post his thoughts on outsourcing. I think it’s essential that you read it.

Hi a Filipino here,

I’m not here to advertise myself. It’s just that, Too many people just want to hire us for a low salary and get all the work they can out of us. I’m NOT saying they’re ALL like this.

Show Respect! Sometimes, they treat us like a SLAVE or a ROBOT who can throw any words they want. Yes we ALL need a job.. But please treat us like a business partner, a friend, or just a normal person who has emotion and feelings. I believe if you treat us better, you’ll get something better in return. We would love to have a job, and we want to be hired by a business man who respect us..

I hope you guys understand what I want to say…….

Clearly he is not an article writer, ok? He’s an SEO. So dont’ judge his English. But this guy is BANG ON with what he’s saying. There are too many people that I’ve corresponded with who seem to think that the Philippines is a way to get slave labor. It isn’t. Yeah, it’s lower cost (much lower) but they are still real people. You can’t give them mindless work and expect it to continue for very long.

The typical example I see is people who want to outsource articles. They think that it should be pretty easy for some guy or girl in the Philippines to just “bang out a 500 word article in 30 minutes”. They then assume that this translates directly into at least 15 such articles per day.

Good luck to whoever thinks this is a way to run your business. You are destined to fail with an attitude like that.

My experience shows that if you have a writer simply write about topics that he or she is not personally passionate about, they WILL burn out. And it won’t take too long. So my advice is that you give your writer tasks aside from writing about non-interesting subjects. Ask for their input on what they’d like to learn. Teach them other skills so that they can rotate away from writing articles for a few days at a time.

A few examples could be:

  • Video marketing projects
  • Sales letter creation
  • Autoresponder series creation
  • Bonus material creations such as short ebooks

Not everything has to be an article in a niche where your writer couldn’t care less. Just put yourself in their shoes. How would you feel if you had to write about window cleaning all day long? Or how about sewing machines? Coffee makers? Backyard toys? It would get old fast.

Don’t treat your guys like robots or slaves. Treat them with respect.

“Replace Myself” works when you keep in mind that people should be treated just as you’d treat yourself :)

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