When and Why Startups Should Outsource Talent

Here’s how to make outsourced hires work for your company, at each stage of its growth

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Early Stage: How Early Is Too Early for Outsourcing?

A common mistake early-stage founders make is hiring too many leaders and not enough workers. This usually leads to a fully staffed executive team with lots of vision and no execution.

Growth Stage: An Over-reliance on Outsourcing

At the growth stage, the most common mistake is the reverse : leaning on outsourced solutions for too long. So when do you bring outsourced talent back in? Someone gave me this advice once and it stuck with me forever: You know how when you’re cooking something and the directions say bring to a boil, then cover?

Late Stage: A Return to Outsourcing

Once the company has grown into something that no longer looks or acts like a startup, the final mistake is taking on bloat. This is when the company starts hanging on to duplicative functions within an area or keeping a team in-house that is now pretty much reinventing someone else’s wheel.

I’m a multi-exit, multi-failure entrepreneur. Building Precision Fermentation & Teaching Startup. Former Spiffy & Automated Insights. More at joeprocopio.com

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