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Hi Lifehacker, I'm planning to start out a new consulting business, and as it will be a one-man operation initially, I am looking at using a virtual office to field phone calls and to give clients a physical address that isn't my home office. I've looked into several different providers: is there anything I should watch out for or be mindful of when choosing a service?

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Managed security services provide an opportunity to improve your IT security without having to invest heavily in on-premises equipment. However, it seems the main reason we're adopting them is a more pragmatic one: there simply aren't enough security experts to go around.

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When a technology firm shifts engineering jobs offshore, the primary driver is often reduced wages. However, according to veteran IT service provider Unisys, it can also reinvigorate innovation and lead to a fresh strategic direction for the company. From flexible timezone management to cultural and language differences, here are some of the lessons its engineering arm learned on the road to global unity.

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Crowdsourcing design sites are useful if you want a logo designed, but overkill if you have a more basic task that requires simple graphics software expertise. Swiftly offers access to graphic designers who will perform simple tasks such as resizing, vectoring, logo tweaking or simple photo retouching for a flat $15 fee.

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IT being moved offshore is not a new phenomenon, but it has gained extra headwind with the emergence of freelance exchanges which enable smaller companies to take advantage of cheaper overseas workers. Which countries attract the most money from Australian employers?

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We have all had at least one bad experience with dialling through to an Australian firm's call centre. A long wait. Finally an operator. Answering lots of questions the firm already has in their database. Getting disconnected as they transfer you to another division, and then having to start all over again.

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Crowsourcing service Airtasker has offered an iPhone app since July this year. It now has an Android app as well, letting you seek out 'runners' for paid casual work. It's a free download for Android users.

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Got a small task you need completed -- let's say assembling an IKEA bookshelf or cleaning your disgusting oven -- and don't have the time to do it yourself? Airtasker lets you advertise to find a local who might be willing to do the job for a small fee.

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Microsoft's launched a tech-oriented outsourcing marketplace called Task Market in Tech Preview (that is, beta). If you need a logo for your company letterhead, but lack the Illustrator chops, or you have a knack for writing compelling resumes, Task Market's worth checking out—outsource the first and advertise the second on the market. Jobs most suitable for Task Market cost between $0 and $US500, and the product must be something that can be delivered in a digital format. Logo creation, web design, photo editing, proof reading, and document translation are just a few potential items. Get paid or pay your freelancer via PayPal, and rate their work after it's complete. Looks like a good place to test-drive a side business freelancing. Have you ever outsourced work or freelanced using a Task Market-like open forum? Tell us your experience in the comments.