My First Outsourcing Mistakes – Practical Advice

I knew nothing about outsourcing when I started, so hiring through an agency is the way to go. 

That’s one mistake right there — hiring through an agency.

That’s right. I once used an agency to outsource people. To tell you the truth, the first and the second hire didn’t end up well.

I didn’t lose hope, though. I figured maybe the third time’s the charm. 

And it was! Because my third hire through an agency is also my first hire for

Let me share the mistakes I made on my outsourcing journey with you. I’ll tell you:

  • My experiences,
  • My realizations,
  • The solution I came up with so I’d never make the same mistake again.

Ready to start outsourcing? 

Head on to Find your very own Online Filipino Specialist when you follow my recruitment process. I’m confident about this process; I’ll give you your money back if you don’t find the right OFS for you!

To get started, I am also giving away my book, The Outsourcing Lever, for free.

You can also check out how to get started on hiring Rockstar Virtual Assistants.

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About John Jonas

John Jonas is a long-time outsourcing expert and the creator of

Since 2005, John has taught hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs how to profitably delegate to VAs in the Philippines (and get their lives back in the process).

With help from his own VAs based in the Philippines, John has created an outsourcing empire that allows him to work 17 hours/week and to spend most of his time with his wife and 5 kids.

Find John at and Facebook.

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  1. Clara Duran Reed says

    Hi John,
    Would love to see your Free book but the link says I have to pay for the book in order to get the pdf free. Could you just send me the pdf?
    Already posted a job, maybe will post another one and looking forward to get started.
    Thank you.

    • says

      Hi Clara,

      Thank you for your comment. As per the site, we have paid for the Outsourcing Lever Book and all you need to pay is the shipping/handling to receive it ($7 US, $11 INTL). Hope this helps

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