Hi everyone and welcome to the first post on Passive Income Pilgrim.
First of all I’m not much of the wordsmith… I’m sorry. Most of my previous careers have involved numbers. Yep that’s right I’m a numbers guy. But none the less I will do my best to let my personality shine through each post I write in PIP.
It’s worth a mention early that should head over and take a squiz at the about page and read more about my mission here.
Right now I’m in the middle of getting this blog up and running, using many of the online tools and services that I already use or read about. The process up to date has been straight forward. Bought a domain name, pointed the name servers to my host provider, installed WordPress, added a new theme, played around with the setting and appearance and Voila! You have an instant blog.
Now I understand I brushed over this part of the process as I have done this a couple of times before. I promise I will go over all this stuff at a later date when I start other sites.
Having a blog up and running is all well and good but the problem is that it doesn’t look pretty at first unless you know how to code. Unfortunately my coding is pitiful level so I have proceeded to look for a freelance website designer using Freelancer.
Freelancer is great website for getting almost anything done. On the site you can either post a job or run a competition from web design, web development, transcription, copywriting to even getting your car washed! Potential freelancers will bid for your job within your budget or will pitch a draft for your competition which you award a winner for the one you like. The best part is that if you’re not happy with the work done there is 100% money back guarantee (with terms and conditions of course).
One of the important lessons I’ve learnt so far with Freelancer or using any other outsourcing websites for that matter is that you got to build up your credibility and reputation as an employer. Starting with some small jobs just show that you all has gone smooth from previous jobs will be huge benefit for future jobs or competitions. Having some reviews under your belt will help attract freelancers who actually have some talent. Mind you another important lesson I need to give you a heads up on is to ask in your ad to put a random word at the top of their response (I used Abracadabra) otherwise you simply won’t accept their offering. This can give you a dilemma though if one of your ad responses is from a freelancer who is super talent. I’m currently in the conundrum and may have to break my own rules.
So just to recap the important lessons as an employer:
- Start with small jobs.
- Build up a good reputation before posting ads for your important jobs.
- Ask the freelancers responding to your ad to place a random word at the top.
No doubt there will be more lessons along the journey of outsourcing work. We’re off to a good start. Plenty of responses to the ad continue to flood in. There is one potential web designer I may give the thumbs up too but at $200 for a mock up – he’ll have to be good.
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