I have too many WordPress websites to provide content for them all and I outsource some of the work to specialized article writers on Elance. You can go to Elance to expand your staff beyond just you and outsource a job that you would usually perform.
Unfortunately when I first started creating WordPress websites from scratch I wasted a lot of money on unnecessary mistakes. It is not always easy to judge how well a person will do a job from half way across the world. There is no face to face contact with some contractors, although I like to try and achieve this through Skpe. I have writers in the USA, the UK, and even Europe.
Posting Your First Job On Elance
Posting your first job on Elance can be a little daunting but the first step is the easiest. All you have to do is sign into your Elance account, press on the hire menu item, then choose post a job from the menu.
It is easy to starting posting a job, but the hardest thing is to get the job description right.
5 Tips For Hiring on Elance
1 ** Be Clear About What YOU Want
If you are vague with your job description then what ever you haven’t mentioned, usually happens. It is almost your fault for not finding the right person on Elance.com. You need to be precise and take time writing your listing.
Having a plan is the best way to approach this. You shouldn’t just create a job on the fly and hope for good results.
2 **Set a Price Range
Set a price range of what you want to pay because otherwise you are wasting both your time and the writers time when they put in a proposal. You do not want extravagant quotes coming in. Some people get paid more than others for doing the exact same thing so be careful.
3 **Set Your Job Criteria
Set you job job criteria and be strict and stick to it. If you are upfront with the rules now, hopefully you will flush out the people that do not suit you. If they get freaked out when they see your criteria that’s good. You only want the right person for the job.
4 **Delivery For The Job
Tell people exactly when you expect delivery because people can get very slack when working unsupervised. Just remember that the people applying for this job are from other parts of the world and have different work ethics. What you think is normal and courteous, may not be in their country.
When hiring the right person on Elance.com always use Escrow which allows Elance to hold your funds until you are ready to release them. Do not release the funds before the job has been completed.
A friend of mine released $200 accidentally before receiving any work and the writer mysteriously disappeared from the face of the earth, along with the money. He used Escrow but his inexperience led him to push the RELEASE FUNDS button. If the writer had not supplied the work and the funds were still in Escrow they would have been returned to him. Elance is great that way.
Example Job Listing – Hiring the Right Person on Elance.com
I need many articles but this job is for 25 to see how we work together. I am a serious buyer and will continue to give you work providing you adhere to these guidelines:
*** You must be able to write in good flowing English.
*** You need to engage the reader and make them feel like you are talking directly to them.
*** You must deliver articles on time, as per schedule.
*** All articles are to be on the same Word 2003 doc. We do not accept word 2007. (This is so my VA can open them.)
*** The file name must be labeled clearly. Eg. Niche_yourname_1-10 and Niche_yourname_10-20
*** Each article on the Word document must have its own title.
*** All articles need to be 500 words in length. They should also contain subheadings and sometimes bullet points.
*** All articles will be checked through Copyscape so make sure you are providing 100% original content. No PLR content.
*** While writing an article you must wear red underwear. (Just checking if you are paying attention)
*** You relinquish all authorship of articles.
*** You must provide the same high standard throughout the whole project. If your output does not match your sample work then we will have to cancel our job.
1. Subject one
2. Subject two
3. Subject three
See the attached sample and then choose a topic from above and write your own sample article to send to me. I will not accept previously written articles. I want you to choose from the subjects above.
I am on a budget as I buy 100’s of articles a week on a variety of niches. For this project I want to pay $4 for 500 words, however depending on the quality of your sample, this price may increase.
I will not accept any bids higher than $100. Please do not waste your time if you cannot fit to our budget.
Result: If your asking “WOW, did she even get any responses to this job advert?” Well the answer is yes! I had about 5 applicants and I actually chose 2. That’s how good they were.
Job 2 Example – Hiring From Elance
I need a person who can write well and make computer problem solving sound interesting and easy.
You also need to have perfect English skills. I do not have time to edit your articles.
I want to concentrate on solving computer problems that occur. This is a permanent job for the right person as I will never stop buying great content.
This job will be for 2 articles at 1000 words each. You will have to put the article into a WordPress website and save it as a draft. If you have images you will need to add them too.
Articles should include subheadings and focus on a few main keywords. (therefore sticking to the subject) These subheadings are included in the word count.
I am expecting the best quality, most interesting articles. If you are a beginner then do not apply and waste my time.
Please quote for 2 x 1000 word articles. Also remember that this should be your permanent price for ongoing regular work.
Result: I received 20 or more applications for this job and hired one person. That person has been working for me for two years now.
Update: Since this post was published I have hired many more people to write for me. Hiring the right person on Elance.com or any other job website gets easier with experience. Also the key is to keep great writers busy with your work so they have no time to work for others.. Ha Ha.
Example Job Template 3
When posting a job on Elance there are job templates available to use. Simply press on the job template you want to use and it will be loaded into your job description area. Then you can edit and add extra text.
Here is the Article Writer template:
We’re looking for an Article Writer to generate high-quality written content for our business.
– Develop content themes based on the direction and creative brief provided by our team
– Write original, high-quality, SEO-friendly articles that communicate our messaging to a wide variety of audiences
– Publish written articles on a variety of content websites, content management systems or media outlets
– Take on ad-hoc writing projects as they arise
– Contribute ideas on improving existing messaging and content
– Excellent writing, grammar, spelling and formatting
– Strong communication skills
– An exceptional portfolio that demonstrates an ability to create compelling copy for a wide variety of brands, audiences and industries
– A complete Elance profile
– References or an established reputation on Elance preferred
5 Bonus Tips For Hiring On Elance
6 ** Never Show Your Inexperience
You know how a dog can smell fear, well so can some people on the internet. If you show a weakness you are practically asking to be ripped off. I know this is not a nice reality to face but I don’t think you want me to lie. If you are a newbie, go and research some job descriptions and work on it until it looks like you are in charge.
7 ** Never Release Funds Early or Pay In Advance
As my friend had to learn the hard way, you can now learn by his mistake. Never pay an Elancer or anyone until you have received what you require from them.
Some people will expect to get paid in advance also..This is not recommended at all. the only time to pay for the work you requested is when you have the finished product in your hands and you are completely happy with it.
8 ** Don’t Over Share Details of Your Project
I have read some job descriptions that totally give away the best ideas! These crazy people tell every detail about their idea to the world for someone to take advantage of. You should only really do into further details when you have hired the person for the job. Only release close examples of what you might need, not the actual project.
9 ** Use Skill Levels
In Elance you can require a minimum skill level to show your job to. for example you might require a 4.5 skill level for English and therefore only people that have passed that level can apply for your job.
10 ** After Hiring, Keep Communication Open
Working over the internet can be difficult as you cannot see the other persons facial expressions. Therefore you have to read between the lines and also be careful how you write. Simple things you usually say to someone in person can be interpreted in many different ways if not written in the full context.
Keep in constant contact with the person you employ. Keep up to date with progress on the project and tell them if you are pleased or not happy with their work.