What are your tips for OUTSOURCING?

by BJ Min 6 replies
Hey guys,

I just started using rentacode and scriptlance to outsource.

I found some great workers who I ended losing because I was STUPID...it was miscommunication on my part. I learned you have to be very detailed with your instructions.

The cool part is that now I have the instructions set...but trouble finding a good worker.

Any tips on finding & KEEPING a good worker? Which sites are best for finding people
who can be good autoresponder newsletter writers, spinners (for articles), etc...?

BJ
#main internet marketing discussion forum #outsourcing #tips
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  • Profile picture of the author jhongren
    Originally Posted by BJ Min View Post

    Hey guys,

    I just started using rentacode and scriptlance to outsource.

    I found some great workers who I ended losing because I was STUPID...it was miscommunication on my part. I learned you have to be very detailed with your instructions.

    The cool part is that now I have the instructions set...but trouble finding a good worker.

    Any tips on finding & KEEPING a good worker? Which sites are best for finding people
    who can be good autoresponder newsletter writers, spinners (for articles), etc...?

    BJ
    I do reward my helpers if they are doing a good job like pay them another 10% more or a money reward of $50 to 100 during their festive seasons.

    Cheers,
    John
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    • Profile picture of the author Mac Wheeler
      Always check credentials, just because somebody sends you lots of links to sites, or fantastic samples of writing, does not mean they actually produced them. Put simply, a lot of these people will lie to get the job, then provide far lower quality results.

      Insist that the completed work be of similar quality to any samples they provide, stipulate quite clearly that you will not pay for work that is inferior to the samples they sent you to win the job.

      Define your deliverables, the more information you give in your project brief, the greater the chance of you receiving what you want.

      NEVER EVER pay in advance, always use the escrow service, if any freelancer ever tells you that they need any form of advance payment, kick them in to touch.

      For larger projects, agree on milestone payments, with a percentage of the project cost being paid at key phases of the project.

      I could go on and on, I've seen it all on these sites, most of my regular clients found their way to me through them and tell some nightmare stories about previous freelancers.

      Just use your common sense, and you should be fine.
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    • Profile picture of the author CSwrite
      As a writer, my only additions to the above terrific advice would be:

      1. Always, always be clear in what you need ahead of time
      2. Develop a good working relationship, set deadlines, and outline reasonable expectations.
      3. Bonuses are always nice

      As for finding writers, the classifieds section here is great, Guru.com is good, and you can also let Deborah Ng at freelancewritinggigs.com know about your job openings.

      HTH,
      Cary
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      • Profile picture of the author yuri12
        I understand where you're coming from, getting and keeping good writers is a must if you really believe that aticle marketing is helping you generate more traffic
        there's a lot of writers online that offer help but the best choices i think would be the ones who work as a group or looks to have a support system, more professional level
        that way you're sure they're not just getting writing jobs because it's easy to make money out of it
        you're gonna have to pay him/her/them more though =)
        i'm sure it's gonna be worth it in the long run nevertheless
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        • Profile picture of the author Mac Wheeler
          Originally Posted by yuri12 View Post

          the best choices i think would be the ones who work as a group
          You could never be assured of receiving the same results twice, you might like one set of articles written by one member of the team and then dislike the next written by someone else. Additionally, most of the large writing teams I have come across are nothing more then a Joe sitting on his couch, winning work and then turning around an outsourcing it to 3rd world writers.

          It comes down to how you see your web content, is it throw away garbage, or do you value it as an asset?
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