Outsourcing The Small Stuff
Managing your time is a critical part of becoming a successful Amazonian. Sometimes we end up trying to learn new skills as we get our Amazon business up and running.
Maybe you need to develop a logo, put up a website to support your Brand Registry application, photoshop your images or other important but time-consuming (skill dependent) tasks.
Have you heard about Fiverr.com?
This is a site where you will find many online contractors. Fiverr® says that most contractors are US based but for my kind of work, they are most often in India, Bangladesh, and the Philippines. I find these people have a lot of expertise in many online tasks. Their cost base is super low and so are their charges…
These Fiverr® contractors do such tasks every day of the week so have developed outstanding skills for you to leverage.
Go to their site and signup now – it’s free: www.fiverr.com
Have a look around their site. As you will see, you can get just about anything and everything done here for your Amazon business. Here are some of the contractors I have used:
Abubakar: Great websites, great communication, and super-fast turnaround
Mit: Another website guy who also set up a great blog site for me…very detailed guy
Aneeb: If you need a basic logo concept, visit her listing. Very fast with revisions
Nuwan: I use him to photoshop images…another contractor with good skills and fast turnaround
Usman: Created our 60-sec color whiteboard animation video. Awesome work!
Another great outsourcing site is Upwork: www.upwork.com
I find more technical ability here so if I am working on a database project or developing an API link then I go here for the next level of expertise. I also find it easier to search a specific profile of contractor for marketing work that is a step up from the more basic work I get done on Fiverr. I can’t share any contractors here as they have been for very specific projects.
Are you ready to really step it up? Go to 99Designs: www.99designs.com
If you need some serious design skills for your logo, marketing or even packaging then this is the go-to creative community. There is an amazing talent pool available and it becomes a competitive environment for them to “win” with their concept or design.
Tip: Make your gig private so other’s don’t come in and just copy other concepts and tweak and deliver to you – waste of your time
As with all outsourcing, the outcome is only ever as good as the brief!
Pay very close attention to writing a clear design brief of what you are trying to achieve. The more detail the better. I highly recommend you use this site when you are in serious brand-building mode!
The key message for you here is to value your time!
It is better spent focusing on the big rocks as they say – have you heard this explanation…
You have a glass, stones from the beach and some fine sand.
What is the best way to get as much as you can into your glass?
Is it to start with the sand – the small tasks and put the stones on top…
…or are you better to put the stones in first and then let the sand filter in between the gaps?
I often get caught out myself. I love admin tasks (am one of those perfect people who likes everything in its place) and feel I have achieved so much when I get something tidied away. However, many of these are small and non-important tasks compared to others on my list.
So, there you have it. A great way to get a lot of the small stuff done at minimal cost so you can focus on the important stuff!
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