Running a big commercial real estate information database like CIMLS.com requires a lot of automation.  However, there's still a lot that needs to be done by hand (and not us).  So, we have contractors.  If you're thinking about farming out some work give this article a read to learn some of the pitfalls we faced before diving it!

 http://blog.cimls.com/2011/09/top-10-secrets-to-good-elance.html