Best Place to Outsource?

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I am trying to find a cheap place to outsource, where workers actually follow instructions and don't flake (craigslist sucks) I have tried odesk but it doesn't work
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  • Profile picture of the author lowriderzzz
    Originally Posted by justscrewit View Post

    I am trying to find a cheap place to outsource, where workers actually follow instructions and don't flake (craigslist sucks) I have tried odesk but it doesn't work
    freelancer.com

    elance.com

    guru.com
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  • Profile picture of the author AlexGeorge
    There are loads of freelancing websites out there such as Guru, Freelancer, PeoplePerHour, SEOclerks and elance. You can also try looking through some gigs on Fiverr to see if there's one there that matches the job you need done.
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  • Profile picture of the author cocobubbles
    I think those are all some pretty good options. What type of things are you looking to outsource? Little easy things, fiverr; bigger projects I've found elance to be good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ged3
    Elance has been one of the best in my experience.
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    Try the Warriors for hire section in this forum. However, you may not get cheap...BUT you will get quality!
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    • Profile picture of the author Mcfoxr
      I have been using Odesk for some time now and it has been pretty good. Maybe you have to change the contractor and get someone that will follow your instructions to the letter.

      You can also try Elance
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  • Profile picture of the author Relic32
    I like odesk the most, their work diary is good and they have good workers.
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  • Profile picture of the author iLinkedin
    Odesk is awesome, try guru.com or even warrior for hire section. I've had some great writers in warrior for hire for a fraction of cost.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    fiverr is pretty good, on most occasions. 90% of the time.

    But elance is better, for good quality work. That place has made me lots of money.

    Just saying!, here is my secret. Once you have found your good worker, make sure you look after them, and for sure they will look after you! This is key for a successful work relationship.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrtonyp29
    Hello, my best bet would be fiverr or I would go with 123employee.com, they are not cheap ,but not quite expensive either. They are worth it, just sometimes or rarely their computers are down.
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  • Profile picture of the author x3xsolxdierx3x
    Originally Posted by justscrewit View Post

    I am trying to find a cheap place to outsource, where workers actually follow instructions and don't flake (craigslist sucks) I have tried odesk but it doesn't work
    I love eLance.

    Drill down as much as possible by asking people exact pointed questions about what they would bring to a project. Sometimes "cheap" isn't always the best and, likewise, sometimes the "most expensive" isn't the best either. They can be...but not always. Occasionally you will come across highly skilled, high quality, creatives that are simply charging a low rate in the beginning....with intent to build traction/momentum in their reviews so that they can eventually charge more. You can get a real bargain there....
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesbrands
    Originally Posted by justscrewit View Post

    I am trying to find a cheap place to outsource, where workers actually follow instructions and don't flake (craigslist sucks) I have tried odesk but it doesn't work
    I've found some good freelancers on Odesk. It does take time however to find the right people sometimes. The best aren't normally the cheapest.
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  • It really depends on what kind of work you want to outsource. If it's just simple tasks, you could definitely go to places like Fiverr or ODesk. But for VAs, writers, SEO, programming and design, why not just hire someone from the Warriors for hire section? You could also try onlinejobs.ph or bestjobs?
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  • Profile picture of the author Devin2290
    Well, greatly depends on what task you need done, but...

    Cheap, wide variety - Fiverr.com
    Niche, quality - Try looking on this forum
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  • Profile picture of the author competent123
    maybe you forgot the best one - your skype/ yahoo/aim or whatever messenger you use.

    i always get them from there.
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  • Profile picture of the author RySpencer
    The above posts have given you many different places to go, which is a great start. What it really comes down to is properly screening your applicants when hiring them.

    In my own experience, I find that employees from the Phillipines are very reliable, follow instructions, and work for a decent fee. Many are university educated who write and speak fluently in English.

    An easy way to weed out people who can't follow instructions is to put a key phrase in your job application that they must quote when applying. Something such as "When applying, please quote "Terminator" in your application". Many people looking for work don't actually read the application, which means that they can't follow instructions and will make terrible employees.

    Once you have shortlisted 3 or 4 applicants, hire them to do a small task similar to what you are going to hire them full-time to do. This will allow you to see how they work and communicate.

    It does require some work and patience doing this, but the long term rewards of having a loya, trustworthy employee will pay off.

    Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author Tony Matos
      Hi there,

      I have had great success with eLance, also fiverr and of course the warrior forum. Please do your research well and have patience.

      Have a nice day.

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  • Profile picture of the author FerdinandF
    When it comes to outsourcing you need to be prepared to spend some money on "finding the right people". I always approach the first project as a "test", to check how difficult it is to work with someone, and if thy will be able to do the job. All the resources mentioned in this thread are great. Just remember that you do need to get to know the person/company you are outsourcing to first, and you might have to go through a few before you find the right one. One company I've had a lot of success with, when it comes to articles, is text broker. I just find it easy to work with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author dalegolden
    Place of outsourcing is not a problem. They are huge in numbers. The main trick is to find the good contractor who will provide you the best value of your money. oDesk, freelancer, elance have got workers in huge numbers but you will have some tough time to select the best one for yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author JRJWrites
    Craigslist is pretty bad. Fiverr is a good choice; in case you don't like the job somebody did, it only costed you $5, so it doesn't matter.
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  • Profile picture of the author dmhammock
    I have found oDesk to be effective resource with proper focus. It works best with a disciplined approach to recruiting including; well throughout and detailed job descriptions, thorough interviewing and testing with trial projects. Many approach oDesk in a rather casual manner without a structured plan or approach. If you treat it as a major investment in your business kind of like an HR person for a major corporation, the process can generate effective results.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeadStartSEO
    Odesk is my jam. Hire: Filipino VAs, Eastern European devs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ali Chowdhry
    I would say, These various outsourcing platforms do have good effective contractors.
    When you say cheap, cheap cost tends to result in poor results. Then you end up paying some one else more for the same job and think - i should i just paid a little bit more in the first place... We've all been there.

    However to be effective with costing - You can post various Job post on a variety of platforms to get the best quote > However be mindful that some contractors are also signed up to a variety of platforms.

    From experience, Things to remember

    1) You need to be crystal clear of exactly what you require - COMPLETE BREAKDOWN
    2)Check contractors portfolio - Check previous work - Required this on job posting
    3)Check Contractors Feedback rating - This is important
    4)Check contractor Hours worked - i tend to check 100+ (Hours + feedback = Rating)
    5)How long they been signed up to that platform
    6)Invite them to speak with you on Skype / Phone - (MAKE SURE YOU DO THIS)
    7) If unsure - Payment plan -fixed BID -You know your fixed budget
    8) Small Upfront payment 10% -20% Your job listing - Your requirements
    9) Record short videos (camtasia/screenflow) Of what you want -

    These are just a few area's or point to address. However you will always have a few bad apples - You are the client - it is your responsibility to sift through applicants. This does take time but remember its your business - would you just hire anyone without doing an interview or reasonable checks?

    I recommend odesk and have used them for some time and spent ALOT of money with them - So i have also come across bad apples, You just need to change your approach -

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    • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
      Originally Posted by RySpencer View Post

      The above posts have given you many different places to go, which is a great start. What it really comes down to is properly screening your applicants when hiring them.

      In my own experience, I find that employees from the Phillipines are very reliable, follow instructions, and work for a decent fee. Many are university educated who write and speak fluently in English.

      An easy way to weed out people who can't follow instructions is to put a key phrase in your job application that they must quote when applying. Something such as "When applying, please quote "Terminator" in your application". Many people looking for work don't actually read the application, which means that they can't follow instructions and will make terrible employees.

      Once you have shortlisted 3 or 4 applicants, hire them to do a small task similar to what you are going to hire them full-time to do. This will allow you to see how they work and communicate.

      It does require some work and patience doing this, but the long term rewards of having a loya, trustworthy employee will pay off.

      Good luck!

      Yep, l am headed for the Philippines, when l need to outsource. Heard a lot of good things about that country.


      I initially used a programmer from here, and to make a long story short, he was great initially although there were some warning signs about him that l ignored. Then eventually the wheels fell off, although l almost got it finished.

      Same if someone approaches you from the WF saying they can help you, check them out and go elsewhere if there are too many dodgy issues.

      They may be upright because they can't get any work?

      I have also tried Freelance, and employed the best one l could find from there.


      He did a great job, but l constantly needed to repeat what l wanted!

      Probably because he was working on other projects, as well as having to get others to do certain tasks he wasn't skilled in.

      Hiring one person to work for you full time is the best long term option!


      Shane
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  • Profile picture of the author jllagu01
    All of the suggestions other WF members mentioned are great places to start. yes, I have to agree, you get a lot of bad contractors in Craigslist. You can also try Remotestaff.com.ph. Although, I heard most of their clients are from Australia, but you can try to ask if you can outsource from there.
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  • Profile picture of the author jessiem
    Originally Posted by justscrewit View Post

    I am trying to find a cheap place to outsource, where workers actually follow instructions and don't flake (craigslist sucks) I have tried odesk but it doesn't work
    If you're looking for a place to outsource, Odesk is definitely one of the sites that you can trust with..
    However, there are specific sites like 99designs.com which is targeted for those who are looking for best designs (graphic designers). And other sites, too, like Staff.com - best website if you are looking for full time/part time staff.
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  • Profile picture of the author mohsinmallik
    Go for oDesk, Elance, Freelancer.com. They are the best places to outsource your work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Reed
    Originally Posted by justscrewit View Post

    I am trying to find a cheap place to outsource, where workers actually follow instructions and don't flake (craigslist sucks) I have tried odesk but it doesn't work
    It's not "where" you find them, it's "who" you find. And then it's "how" you manage them.

    The hands free out sourcing model is a myth as it takes a lot of work and expertise to properly manage an out sourced team of people.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tenzho
    Normally I would go for Fiverr. It is extremely cheap, and I can get almost anything for $5. But if It is SEO work, I would take a look in the Warrior for Hire section. I don't trust Fiverr for my SEO work.
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  • Profile picture of the author katequinn1983
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    You should try Freelancer websites and Elance. From my point of view, they are the best.
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    If you are not familiar with Warrior For Hire section, you missed a big part of WF.
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  • Profile picture of the author Friedmett
    I use Elance myself.
    A lot of great workers and a pro place to go to in all cases.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fantastic
    Cheap has a very little chance of being good...

    But I'd go with eLance.

    It might not be the cheapest...

    But you get what you pay for.
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  • Odesk and Fiverr are quite good.

    You can find some great sellers on Fiverr, but you have to search really hard.
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  • Profile picture of the author zoldusta
    You can't find a better place than Freelancer.com or Fiverr.com
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    As well as the obvious ones already mentioned i have had some success with Microlancer and People Per Hour.
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