How I Used Offshore Freelancers to Make Money Writing
Use offshore freelancers to leverage you core talents
In my hub, Making Money Writing: Beyond HubPages, I discussed some of my websites and how those sites provided me with an opportunity to make money with my writing. These niche sites cover parks and recreational areas, and they offer information about not only the parks, but the areas around the parks. The sites rank fairly well for some important key words, and they are producing money through AdSense. Further, as traffic builds, and I continue to expand the mailing lists, I will be able to further leverage each site to improve earnings.
You may be thinking that as a writer, you would certainly be able to add the content, but you simply don’t have the skills to build a web site that would allow you to use your writing talent to launch an online business. That thinking was probably once true, but through the use of a CMS (Content Management System) and freelance developers, you can create a beautiful, functional web site for relatively little money. Further, you will be able to maintain the website once it is launched via the power of your CSM.
So you are probably thinking this sounds great, but what is this magic formula that will allow me to launch my site, without breaking the bank. The answer is simple, use overseas developers to design your site. Most people believe that outsourcing only happens with big businesses, but the reality is that there are very talented developers who are happy to take on your small projects and will do so for very reasonable rates. In my experience, I have been able to commission very robust sites for $200 to $300 u.s.d. Because your Content Management System provides the technical platform from which the developers work, they are only required to build a template that will sit on top of the CSM. These templates don’t take experienced developers very long to design and build, so they are able to keep costs fairly low.
For my projects I use www.Freelancer.com. But there are certainly other sites that provide freelance workers who will take on your project. I chose Freelancer because the format works well for my needs. I simply post the project with as much description as possible, and freelancers provide bids for the work. The site provides feedback for each bidding freelancer, and you can get a pretty good sense of how well they have performed based on the scoring from previous employers. To this point, I have not been disappointed with the results of any of the work I have contracted.
Communication is fairly simple as nearly every bidder will offer both Skype and IM, so you will be able to discuss the project as it moves along. I normally try to provide an idea of the site’s look and feel, and then I simply let my freelancer begin mocking up the template. Normally, we have 2 to 3 chats and a few emails just to get things worked out. Because feedback is so critical to the freelancers, they are normally very responsive. Payments are held in escrow, so you do not pay anything until the freelancer completes specific task, or for smaller jobs, finishes the project.
To really begin to make living online, writers must develop multiple paths towards income. The ability to outsource some of your work will become more critical as you begin to diversify your income streams through multiple websites. Through the use of outsourcing, you will find that you are able to move more quickly, and focus your efforts on your strengths, rather than spending time trying to learn tasks that will ultimately slow you down. Good luck, and let me know how your first outsourced projects work out.
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