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How I use freelancer marketplaces as the back-end for a few of my websites
Running a website can be a difficult thing to do if you're performing all the tasks, big and small, by yourself. You can go crazy working 12+ hour days managing everything from building a few backlinks to answering emails and even fulfilling orders. What if I told you that you can actually user freelancer marketplaces like SEOclerks to boost productivity, increase sales, skyrocket your rankings, and even answer any emails that come into your inbox?
Well, you can most definitely do all of this, but it will obviously cost some money to do so. If you want people to help you out with all of your website needs, you'll need to pay them, but the beauty is that you won't have to pay them much! Even if you pay someone hourly, you won't have to pay very much because you can find people from all over the world, even target specific countries that can work for pennies on the dollar compared to what you would have to pay in the United States. Think of it as your outsourced employee army who will do everything you need done, and for a fraction of the price
Think about it, an employee in the United States gets roughly $9 for minimum wage, and that would come out to $1,440 per month to have them do a task for you. If you were to outsource this work, and have someone in the Philippines do it for you, it would cost around $300 for the entire month. Of course, the more experienced the person is for the position, the more you'll have to pay. Even if you were to pay someone in the Philippines $1,440 USD, that would be like hiring someone with a PHD in the US to do the work for you
In this discussion, if you haven't figured it out already, I'll be talking about how you can have a workforce doing everything from answering emails to generating leads and all for a fraction of the cost. Below are just a few things you can outsource work for, and get very credible freelancers to do it.
Diversity of Talent
One of the best thing about freelance marketplaces like SEOclerks is that you have a pool of experience to pick from. You can literally choose the best of the best and pay a fraction of the cost compared to getting employees through a talent agency or having them fill out applications while submitting their resumes.
I regularly outsource work to credible sellers and it's like I'm the boss and they're the employee. They do an amazing job and make some money plus get a great review while I get a task finished and a happy client on the other end
You can run entire companies with outsourced help, you just need to have the right people working with you in order to have everything go according to the plan.
Finding virtual assistants
Virtual assistants, or VA's, are the type of people who might not have any specific skill set but can still help you out with data entry or simply responding to your emails. I always have a specific VA monitor my emails because I don't want to miss out on anything.
Think about it, you could pay a VA $100 a month and have them respond to any email that comes into your website. Of course, they would need to understand your language very well, to the point where they can keep a great conversation going, but that's not difficult to find if you just figure out which countries speak your primary language as their own primary language.
Virtual assistants are more than just email responders, they can also manage other tasks you need performed like running and monitoring software. I have had plenty of VA's run software for me, compile the data, and then add it into some forms for me for later use. I think I paid them around $1.50 an hour and profited much more than what I paid them, so I gave them a bonus
Web design and programming
Back when i started out, I always paid $2,000+ for a website design. I quickly figured out what WordPress was and never looked back, but I'm not a great designer or programmer, so I still lacked the knowledge of editing anything I needed to. To fix this problem, I will outsource the work to a credible designer and programmer in order to get it done without breaking it even more lol.
You'll have to go through a decent amount of designers and programmers before you find the best one possible, but this is just a trial and error type process, so take your time. It took me at least a year to find the best programmer, that speaks fluent English because he's from the Philippines, and doesn't cost $2,000 per design I need done The best part about it is that he can also design websites If I need anything done from scratch
Take your time with this if you're looking for a good programmer or designer. You will need to write down, or type up, a list of potential candidates and filter them out based on reviews and where they are located. If you want to pay a premium, you can hire someone from the US or the UK, but if you're like most of us you'll want to look for someone in the Philippines. Try to avoid anyone from India, sorry guys, because I've never had a great experience outsourcing work there. Sure, there's probably a lot of qualified people to do the work I need, but the customer support is never top notch.
Social media marketing
If you've ever done social media marketing, you know that it can be a tedious task and fairly repetitive. For this reason, a lot of people like to outsource this type of work, just as I do most of the time lol. Again, you'll have to find someone that knows how to speak your primary language as well as type it, if you want the best results possible.
You can hire people for specific platforms or to do everything there is to do with social media marketing. Remember, you wouldn't work on every single social media platform out there, so what makes you think your freelancer will do that? Pick your top 3 platforms and find the best person for the job. You can even hire one person for each platform and have the best results possible
You can actually run an entire company by outsourcing your work to credible freelancers. It will take a while to find the right person for each task, but you can do it if you're patient. Bringing in a freelancer to do a task you can't do yourself, or you just don't want to do anymore, is a great way to free you up to focus on other aspects of your business. It's difficult to run a website, or a business, so bringing in a few freelancers will instantly relieve you of some stress since you don't have to do all of the work anymore
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