Outsourcing with its countless advantages can also be risky sometimes. If you pay attention to all legal dangers of outsourcing before hiring a virtual assistant, you can avoid many consequences that may hit you and your business.
If you are unaware of any legal dangers of outsourcing you may hire a virtual assistant from another country who seriously damages your business’ goodwill, for example by providing your business secrets to your competitors.
You are screwed!
What would you do?
If you sue someone in India, China or any similar country for hurting you or your business, chances are minimal that you will succeed.
Outsourcing is very much a trust based activity
Outsourcing to a country where you can’t pursue your case well and where the judicial system of that country does not support strong enough laws to follow up the case, chances are high that you will not only lose lot of money, but lose the trust as well.
For example, you are a doctor and you outsource some work relating to some secrets of your patients. Your virtual worker puts it on the internet. Your patient finds it and sues the doctor (you). Then, the doctor is completely ruined and cannot practice anymore.
Prevention is better than treatment
Always consult your lawyer for any legal dangers of outsourcing before you outsource your sensitive work. Make a contract and protect it solid with laws, paragraphs and disclosure agreements.
Real contracts may cost money, of course. But you should afford it.
If you follow that, outsourcing can become a future opportunity. You can get experts to do stuff on much lesser price than a beginner who would be doing the same job in Europe or in the US, for example.
Give it a chance.
Hiring a lawyer is too expensive! Is there an alternative?
To avoid the legal dangers of outsourcing, a screen recording software or a team-viewer is ideal to track the activity of your VA. It is also always profitable to involve a third-party freelance provider (like oDesk), where you can file a dispute for fraudulent activities and stop payments of your VA by a third-party.
Not involving services like oDesk can lead you to big trouble.
You may suffer serious damages, such as lawyer’s fee and charges for following your provider. With this, the success still is not guaranteed. Either way, you lose a lot of money, time and efforts.
In a nutshell
If I hire a guy and spend 50 dollars and a lot of my efforts on him and it does not work out… Well, I just hire another guy and keep the best guy, in the end.
It’s a step-by-step process until you finally get the best VA for you.
Trusting people is not negative as a whole. I have a policy in my life to “trust people”.
When I am dealing with people from all over the world I am sure that there are people who are less soft hearted than me. This does not change the fact that I can screen people and prepare for all legal dangers of outsourcing before hiring them.