If you’ve never heard of Odesk here is a quick explanation from an online marketer’s point of view: A global marketplace where you can outsource anything that is online related.
John Reese famed marketing guru came out with an outsourcing course a couple of years ago; which I didn’t bother to buy, and oh boy, did I make a mistake.
I have been hiring from Odesk a little over a year now and have about 80 contracts under my belt. So I got into the routine of working with people overseas and quickly gained experience about what NOT to do.
My main problem with Odesk that there are LOT and I mean a ton of who are not qualified for the task you’re hiring for.
This is How It Works!
Quick example (and I have plenty of these ):
I posted a job about a very simple task: Content writing for article. Now, 30 contractors show up, I run over the list and I pick the top 5 guys who I think the best fit. ( Of course each contractor has their own profile that shows their work history, feedback from their past employers, skills they possess, resume, portfolio, list of test they have taken at Odesk’s back office and so on. )
So my picks met all the criteria I was concerned about but regardless of all that, I picked 5 lemons. I really don’t care where you’re from if you can deliver (or at least you say you can deliver and your background checks out fine I will hire you).
So I ended up with 5 articles that I could not read or understand even though one of writers was American (which of course wasn’t the case; You gotta know that some of the contractors put up fake pictures and fake location ie: Sunny California, USA) to look more inviting for employers). One of the article was generated from an already written content using a software called Best Spinner which used without the knowledge of HTML will give you very embarrassing results.
There are a ton of nightmare stories that I could share about (webdesign, Opt-in from creation, Bloggin, Link Wheel, Seo… you name it!) but I won’t bore you to death this time.
Hire fast, fire faster.
This what you want to do:
1. When you list a job be absolutely clear about what exactly want. Mention that you’re looking for ONLY serious team players. How much you pay, time schedule….everything. The better and more detailed you’re the easier your life gonna be. Once you post the job all bets are off and you will get exactly what you’re asking for.
2. Check applicant’s work history, feedback, tests, portfolio.. etc. If the person seem like a good candidate move onto step 3.
3. Invite the for a quick chat on skype or whatever you use but this platform is the most popular on Odesk. Remember you already gave a very clear, outlined instructions about what exactly you want, so that chat is not going to be about that. You ask them if they have any questions regarding the task, if they ever done task like this before if so for how long. Now, you do this for two reasons: A: you will get the feel for their level of communication, B: you will also see if they can back up the story they on their profile.
Listen to your got! If you feel it’s a match than HIRE and get the ball rolling!
Don’t try to be cute!
If you’re cute they think you’re not serious. This is business. It ‘s time and money; your money, so you gotta know what you’re doing.
I hope it helps! Please let me know what you think!
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