As your digital publishing business gets off the ground, there will be A LOT of tasks that pile up. Some of these tasks might include…
- Creating products
- Designing logos, banners & graphics
- Setting up membership sites
- Writing sales copy
- Producing videos/audios
- Customer support
And that’s just when you’re starting out!
With the training you’ll find here on Lurn, you’ll be able to do all of these things on your own. However, sometimes it makes sense to outsource these tasks instead of doing it all yourself.
Remember, your time is valuable. It’s important to spend what precious time you do have on things that will give you the biggest ROI. That means doing what you’re best at, and letting other people take care of the other tasks.
The good news is that outsourcing doesn’t have to break the bank. Especially when you have great resources!
So here are 5 websites where you can find rockstar freelance writers, designers and virtual assistants (all ready and waiting to help you out, even if you have a very low budget).
Resource #1: Fiverr
This is quickly becoming the gold standard of outsourcing websites for digital publishers. Fiverr allows you to do what I call micro-outsourcing, which means having other people do the little tasks that suck up A LOT of time as you’re starting your business.
As the name implies, every service on this site is offered for $5. In many cases, you can pay additional fees to get better services.
Some of the best services to get done on Fiverr include…
- Graphics & Design
- Online Marketing
- Writing & Translation
- Video & Animation
- Music & Audio
- Programming & Tech
- And more!
Resource #2: Upwork
Upwork is another mega-outsourcing site. Recently, it absorbed both oDesk and eLance, two of the largest outsourcing websites.
If you want to find a wide range of freelancers, this is the place to go. That’s because Upwork doesn’t just feature fantastic freelancers, it also gives you access to escrow payment processors and project management tools.
Some freelancers that hang out at Upwork include…
- Virtual assistants
- Customer service agents
- And more…
Getting freelancers, who are experts at their trade, and able to support you is a tremendous asset to have as you develop your business.
Resource #3: 99Designs
This is a fantastic site to get any kind of graphic design done. Instead of hiring a freelance designer like you would on Upwork, 99Designs hosts a competition for you. Designers will submit their designs and you select the one you like best. This is the only one you have to pay to receive.
99Designs is your place if you need any of the following…
- Logo & Branding
- Web & App Design
- Business & Advertising
- Clothing & Merchandise
- Books & Magazine
- Or anything else design-related.
Resource #4: Craigslist
Craigslist is a hidden gem when it comes to outsourcing. Unlike Upwork, there really aren’t very many rules. You post a job and you will get flooded with emails from contractors eager to do work for you.
The best part about hiring off Craigslist is that you can get local talent. If you want to work with a writer, programmer or designer in your area, then Craigslist is the place to go. If you don’t care about working with someone locally, feel free to post your project in a large city like Chicago, New York or Los Angeles.
Craigslist features many categories. Here are just a few…
- Accounting & Finance
- Admin & Office
- Art, Media & Design
- Customer Service
- TV, Film & Video
- Web & Info Design
- Writing & Editing
- You can post just about any type of job and people will respond.
Resource #5: iWriter
This is a website that specializes in hiring writers for content creation. It features many of the same payment protections that Upwork has.
iWriter’s main selling point is that you can get content created inexpensively here. The downside of that, is the quality of the articles can be hit or miss.
Nevertheless, it is possible to find good writers on this site, you just need to be prepared to spend some time vetting and testing them.
So, if you want to have a copywriter, advertising expert, or bookkeeper put their expertise to work for you…
Or if you need a logo, eBook cover, or infographic designed…
Or the next time you’re looking for a PDF to be formatted, a video review, or an audio edit…
Or anything else under the sun that you may want to outsource… Now you have 5 great resources to find rockstar freelancers fast!
Please Like & Share this post and also leave a Comment below! Have you tried outsourcing any projects for your business? What freelancing sites did you use and what did you think?
About the Author:
Andrew Lantz, Content Director, Lurn, Inc.
Andrew took a different path to success online. He started a freelance writing company from his dorm room and for the next 5 years was the man behind the curtain of some of the most successful programs in the history of online marketing. As the Content Director of Lurn, Andrew brings a wealth of experience in market research, product development, funnel design and promotional strategies.