I Know Curiosity Killed The Cat But Satisfaction Brought Him Back!

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Okay, as you can probably tell, I'm very curious.

What I am pondering on this morning is why so many Warriors when asked about outsourcing work, whatever the service may be, make suggestions offsite rather than suggesting fellow Warriors? I see places like Fiverr, O-desk, Elance, etc.

I have found the community here to be quite talented and creative and well, the thing about communities is that they are an entity onto themselves made up of citizens that aid one another, stick together and cater to one another. After all, it is the people of a community that make it great or not so much.

If I am asked and know of someone who is talented in that arena, I don't hesitate to recommend a Warrior, at all. It also truly warms my heart when I see someone else recommend to check out the Warriors For Hire Section, Classified Ads, a link to a WSO or a link to a fellow Warrior's profile page where they can find that Warrior's signature and/or home page.

So, for those of you that recommend services offsite or other people who are not Warriors, why do you do that?

Again, just curious.

Terra
#internet marketing #curiosity #freelancing services #personal referrals #recomendations #satisfaction
  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    My guess is, you can hire an outsourcer from Asia, India, and other places for a fraction of what someone in the U.S. will charge. Not always, of course, but as a general rule.

    Steve
  • Profile picture of the author Horny Devil
    It's largely newbies who recommend sources other than WF, or those who haven't yet availed themselves of the wide range of services that can be provided by numerous experienced, and first-rate warriors. Unlike the veterans on here.
  • Profile picture of the author Patrick
    Even if someone recommends you, how can you be so sure that he/she is good at what he/she does ? heh

    If he/she was good at it, then they won't have the time to look for work here in the warrior forum

    If I tell you that I will help you, you won't probably believe me, coz you don't know me and no one "recommended" me to you.
    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by Patrick View Post

      Even if someone recommends you, how can you be so sure that he/she is good at what he/she does ? heh

      If he/she was good at it, then they won't have the time to look for work here in the warrior forum

      If I tell you that I will help you, you won't probably believe me, coz you don't know me and no one "recommended" me to you.
      If you'll notice, Patrick, I did say if you know of someone who is good/talented in that arena, personally recommend them. If not, you could recommend the WFH section or Classified section where they can search, see comments and work samples to make their own determination. Naturally, you wouldn't refer some random person not knowing their talent or work ethic as that certainly would reflect on your own reputation as well.

      I refer people I have worked with in the past, or people whose work I have seen and judge to be excellent.

      Terra
  • Profile picture of the author George Wright
    Gee, I don't know Terra. I'll have my fiverr guy run a poll on that and my odesk VA will PM you with an answer ASAP.

    GEORGE WRIGHT
    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by George Wright View Post

      Gee, I don't know Terra. I'll have my fiverr guy run a poll on that and my odesk VA will PM you with an answer ASAP.

      GEORGE WRIGHT
      Haha George!

      Thank you so very much, but please don't waste your time, as I'm not interested in their opinion.

      Terra
  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    As for me personally, I always ask for payment first, but offer a 100% refund if not satisfied and I've never been asked for one to date.
    I work with this philosophy as well and have never had to offer a refund.

    I agree that it is curious why people don't suggest the forum as a means of outsourcing but I think it may simply be that they don't understand how it works and/or have never used it themselves.

    If he/she was good at it, then they won't have the time to look for work here in the warrior forum
    Patrick...I am good at what I do BUT there isn't ALWAYS sufficient work which is why I advertise my services. Most professionals do the same thing because you have to constantly be marketing to keep the money flowing in.
    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Back in the days when "computer" meant a big mainframe with its own facility and staff of servants, and dinosaurs roamed free, there was a popular saying among purchasing agents...

      "No one ever got fired for recommending IBM."

      For many, who likely have never actually outsourced anything but still want to at least appear helpful, recommending a site like oDesk, Fiverr and the like is a 'safe' recommendation.
    • Profile picture of the author Horny Devil
      Originally Posted by laurencewins View Post

      I am good at what I do BUT there isn't ALWAYS sufficient work which is why I advertise my services. Most professionals do the same thing because you have to constantly be marketing to keep the money flowing in.
      Nothing personal Laurence but it always rankles with me when I see the same old excuses churned out by so called top quality writers. It's the usual spiel; their websites, blogs, and signature links praising themselves up to the hilt, yet they're struggling for work. Why is that? You shouldn't need to advertise and you shouldn't need to be constantly marketing yourself. Don't you find it strange that a writer being SO good can't get adequate work, and furthermore undersells himself on prices? I do.

      Before the perennial sympathisers and whingers start piling into the thread with their usual defence lines of: too much competition, undercutting of prices by writers in India, etc, being strangled by places like Fiverr and Odesk, etc, every man and his dog is offering writing services, and so on . . . let me educate them a little.

      1. None of the above is competition. Mediocre, poor, and average writers only serve to illustrate the benefits of engaging a top quality writer.

      2. There is more demand now for the cream of the writing industry than at any time past.

      I regularly turn away up to a dozen or more assignment offers A WEEK, and the bulk of these are paying £200+ per 1,000 words. The reason why? . . . I'm far too busy with my own writing, projects, websites, books, videos, blog articles, etc, to find the time. I maybe take on a handful of writing assignments a year and they have to be extremely challenging to even begin to whet my appetite.

      So where are writers going wrong?

      I provided my answer to this in a recent thread by another disillusioned, underpaid writer. And you, Laurence, "thanked" me.

      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post8104610








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  • Profile picture of the author briankno
    I like odesk platforms because of the easy of payment and ability to see what your outsourcer is working on. I feel I have more security using that platform. Then again I haven't really outsourced much on WF. Anyone else with some experience and tips to help protect yourself from fraudulent people?
  • Profile picture of the author kary yucef
    nice title for your thread
    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by kary yucef View Post

      nice title for your thread
      I thought it was cute but I'm sure some would complain that it doesn't contain the proper keywords for the subject.

      Terra

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