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 there 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.
5 tips for hiring the right person on Elance.com
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.
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.
3 **Set you job 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.
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.
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.