I have a DUMBO Free lancer....what can I do???

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I have hired a dumbo freelancer he just knows how to operate computer and basics of internet.
There is Personal Problem that I can not fire him so.

How can he help me ...???
Some very basic and boring thing to do so that I can get back my spent money..

Any Ideas Warriors??

(He is working on my free Pc....He is dumbo as in very low knowledge of internet and no Idea what to reply to forum threads)
#dumbo #free #lancerwhat
  • Profile picture of the author chandan_dutta
    You can teach him how to create backlinks, social bookmarking etc. I think that can be done by anybody who know the basics.
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  • Profile picture of the author itcoll
    hope he can write articles.how about that?Or manual article spinning?
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  • Profile picture of the author milkyway
    Originally Posted by imgoogle View Post

    I have hired a dumbo freelancer he just knows how to operate computer and basics of internet.
    Is he just not very experienced with computers, or is he a little, hm, slow in general?

    And: Does he live close to you? E.g. could he do other boring but necessary stuff (like file papers etc) which would save you time and energy?

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  • Profile picture of the author crystalq
    make him do...

    forum posting(good for instant traffic), articles, blog comments, squidoo lenses, hub pages or your social bookmarking.
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  • Profile picture of the author AlanGNW
    I can not understand why anyone would ever give work to someone they feel they can't fire. (Firing people used to be a major part of my working life). What possible reasons could there be to let someone mess up your business and you pay for the privilege?

    There is always a way to cut someone loose...

    Try a bit of lateral thinking - have you considered finding him some other work more suitable to his skills that pay better?

    For instance, we had one guy who was seriously lazy but quite skilled, was really difficult for legal reasons to get him out. So, I called up`some head hunters and recruitment agencies in the field and gave them a 'tip off' that he was looking for a move. Sure enough, he got a new job and more money. He was happy - I was happy.

    There's no such think as can't fire - you just haven't found the best way yet!
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  • Profile picture of the author sloanjim
    i step into a jumbo jet cockpit and have no idea what to do..."I am dumbo?" I think you need to re-think.
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  • Profile picture of the author terrapurus
    You can be friendly to your employees but they are not your friends. Cut your losses and move on.
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  • Profile picture of the author Colin Theriot
    You shouldn't have a "personal" reason to not make a "business" decision like whether or not to employ someone. It's not personal, it's business.
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  • There is no way you can justify, business way, to keep a dumbo. You will waste way too much precious time training him and correcting his mistakes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Worner
    You run a business, not a charity, you have no obligations to this person, if they cant fulfill the requirements in their job description, then you are well within your rights to sack this person.

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  • Profile picture of the author Amanda Craven
    By your 'spent money' I'm assuming you paid him upfront? And now you want him to earn it in some way? I agree with everyone else in that business and personal lives should always be kept separate but can see you might want a return on your investment before you follow the excellent suggestions to send him on to pastures new...

    So, yes, give him explicit tasks that preferably follow some kind of template, i.e. forum posting or social bookmarking. Work out for yourself when he will have earned back whatever sum you paid and then kindly let him go!
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  • Profile picture of the author Pete Egeler
    No way in the world you should NOT be able to drop someone that doesn't have the ability to do the tasks assigned.

    "If the dude don't fit, you must tell him to quit".

    Pete
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  • Profile picture of the author harro1
    You must have hired him from digital point, i hired one person to create exit popup for one blog, at first he said that he can do this within 10 minutes, after 3 days he said that he dont know how to create it..lol
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  • Profile picture of the author NicoleBeckett
    Personally, I wouldn't have him do any forum posting or article writing. After all, those are areas that will be a direct reflection of you to the public. You don't want a mistake of his to make you look less credible. And, in the case of forum posting, you won't even get to check his postings before they're submitted.

    If you absolutely cannot fire him, maybe tell him to search for relevant forums, guest blog opportunities, etc., and pass them onto you. Then you can do the posting and the writing on sites that he found.
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  • Profile picture of the author imgoogle
    Thanks Warriors but I think blog commenting will stand goos.....lets see.
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  • Profile picture of the author rhinocl
    I don't know if this will help you but your best outcome is to help a competitor steal him/her from you. Years ago I hired my stand partner from a band. She spoke well, looked good and was extremely lazy (which I hadn't realized). She got offered a job by our upstairs neighbor (our landlord's business) when she went up to use their copier. Our owner was livid, I literally had to grab him to keep him from rushing up and yelling at them for stealing our help. A few weeks later their office manager was complaining to us about how lazy she was.
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  • Profile picture of the author imgoogle
    I don't know if this will help you but your best outcome is to help a competitor steal him/her from you. Years ago I hired my stand partner from a band. She spoke well, looked good and was extremely lazy (which I hadn't realized). She got offered a job by our upstairs neighbor (our landlord's business) when she went up to use their copier. Our owner was livid, I literally had to grab him to keep him from rushing up and yelling at them for stealing our help. A few weeks later their office manager was complaining to us about how lazy she was.
    Here are no competitors..!!
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  • Profile picture of the author senojetan
    cute your losses and move on with business...

    Or map out a step by step task like give him a paul or angie list do for blog commenting
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  • Profile picture of the author imgoogle
    Or map out a step by step task like give him a paul or angie list do for blog commenting
    That could be nice way
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas Smale
    You should start by not referring to him as a "dumbo" in public. It makes you sound ignorant, rude and unprofessional.
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  • Profile picture of the author CJ.Online
    I think you should just count your losses and find a new freelancer. Time is money, so spending your time trying to teach an idiot how to do something he might not even understand is wasting time you could have spent doing the work yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
    The fact that the freelancer has found someone still willing to pay him even though he has none of the skills required to earn the dollars for the job suggests that he's smarter than you're giving him credit for, and that if there's a 'dumbo' in this scenario then it's not him.

    If you've fulfilled a promise to pay, then he should fulfill a promise to perform. You are doing your bottom line no favours by donating to him instead of insisting on a decent return on your investment, and you are doing him no favours either as his next gig could tarnish his reputation indefinitely if he does unwittingly encounter someone less 'charitable' than you are.
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    • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
      Originally Posted by Diana Lane View Post

      The fact that the freelancer has found someone still willing to pay him even though he has none of the skills required to earn the dollars for the job suggests that he's smarter than you're giving him credit for, and that if there's a 'dumbo' in this scenario then it's not him.
      I second this...

      A bad workman always blames his tools.

      The tool in this case, is the freelancer. You hired them. Sorry to tell you this, but, they're smarter than you give them credit for - either that, or you expected more from them than they told you they could/would do.
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  • Profile picture of the author imgoogle
    I think you should just count your losses and find a new freelancer. Time is money, so spending your time trying to teach an idiot how to do something he might not even understand is wasting time you could have spent doing the work yourself.
    Yup you are right....But I cannot have a refund .....just wish to produce something effective
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  • Profile picture of the author imgoogle
    I second this...

    A bad workman always blames his tools.

    The tool in this case, is the freelancer. You hired them. Sorry to tell you this, but, they're smarter than you give them credit for - either that, or you expected more from them than they told you they could/would do.
    Oh well I got many tools then why only one tool is defective...???
    I think some people do wrong commitments...
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  • Profile picture of the author sambakker
    I tell them to do social bookmarking when they are dumbos or email requests...
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    • Profile picture of the author FredJones
      Can he spin articles?

      Can he follow instructions mechanically? For example, find niches for you simply looking at Google Adwords keyword tool (after you teach him) and looking at the number of Google search results?

      Can he use Google translator, and thus create English articles from non-English ones?

      Can he manually submit articles to article directories? Can he use article directory submission tools?

      Etc etc etc.

      In the worst case, can he remain on the job but not come to work? If you cannot fire him, at least pay him to make sure that he deos not come to work - gives you some free time to do reall work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay D
    Just let him research and get some articles written for yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author imgoogle
    Just let him research and get some articles written for yourself.
    He is such dumbo that he can only copy and paste........
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  • Profile picture of the author rahulr
    Teach him to do backlinking by commenting and angela's or pauls backlink services.If he gets good at it.Sell his service here on WF.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
    I'm sorry but who is the "Dumbo," the one without the knowledge or the one who hires the one without the knowledge?
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    • Profile picture of the author Lance K
      Am I the only one that gets the impression that the job requirements may not have been communicated clearly in the first place?
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      • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
        Originally Posted by Lance K View Post

        Am I the only one that gets the impression that the job requirements may not have been communicated clearly in the first place?
        No, seeing as the OP doesn't seem to be able to follow simple instructions themselves.

        They've asked for suggestions, and not one of them has been accepted or even considered by the looks of it.

        The OP's insistence on calling their freelancer a DUMBO hasn't won them any favours either.
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  • Profile picture of the author imgoogle
    I'm sorry but who is the "Dumbo," the one without the knowledge or the one who hires the one without the knowledge?
    I think you are dumbo I have written clearly that I have got a set of worker but one o that is dumbo...plz read carefully.....Sorry If you find it rude..
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    • Profile picture of the author Alfred Shelver
      From the writing style and argumentative nature of some of these posts your freelancer seems to be doing a good job if you ask me.

      Because no self respecting business owner I know would be making such a bad impression by being argumentative when asking for advice and doing it in terrible English. Look i understand many people are not English first language speakers, then humility is in order as you learn the ropes.
      So my guess is your freelancer is posting here in this thread getting back links.

      Or the "Dumbo" is not the freelancer

      Originally Posted by imgoogle View Post

      I think you are dumbo I have written clearly that I have got a set of worker but one o that is dumbo...plz read carefully.....Sorry If you find it rude..
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  • Profile picture of the author kiopa
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    Make him dig a hole, and fill it back in.

    Maybe that'll give him some ambition to begin learning new things.
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  • Profile picture of the author imgoogle
    From the writing style and argumentative nature of some of these posts your freelancer seems to be doing a good job if you ask me.

    Because no self respecting business owner I know would be making such a bad impression by being argumentative when asking for advice and doing it in terrible English. Look i understand many people are not English first language speakers, then humility is in order as you learn the ropes.
    So my guess is your freelancer is posting here in this thread getting back links.

    Or the "Dumbo" is not the freelancer
    As I apologized for the rude and terrible English.

    So my guess is your freelancer is posting here in this thread getting back links.
    No nothing like that.

    And I got A solution for the "dumbo".

    And yaa I think I must send him to you then can easily decide to call him a dumbo or whatever...

    Regards
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  • Profile picture of the author higginb3
    looks like he was successful in what he went out to do... wow.
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  • Profile picture of the author imgoogle
    looks like he was successful in what he went out to do... wow.
    Yaa that's right buddy.
    Ya you guessed it right.
    Thanks warriors for all the great response..
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