When you reach a point in your business that bringing on some freelancers makes sense, Fiverr is an excellent place to start. While not associated with them in any way, I have spent more than five figures with them as they truly help solve the need when it's necessary.
Today we're going to talk about how to go about hiring the right freelancer to ensure you get the quality and delivery you've been looking for, no matter the job.
Grab your drink and get ready. This is the caffeinated hustle, the best place to learn about entrepreneurs and FTS and life expert advice and guest interviews to launch your business and NFT journey further than you ever imagined. Now, here's your host, entrepreneur, coffee fanatic, and founder of the NFT project, caffeinated creatures, Ben Carson. Hey, Team. Welcome back to the caffeinated hustle. I'm your host, Ben Carson. thanks for stopping by, let's go ahead and drop some value on your day. So today, we're going to talk about hiring people off Fiverr. And we'll probably do a different episode on Upwork. Let's Let's separate them because I think they should be separated, they matter differently. So we're going to talk about Fiverr today and how you hire someone that matters how you hire someone that helps your project, your team, whatever you're looking for Fiverr F IV, e rr.com, is a is a marketplace for freelance work. There are several marketplaces out there, I've just used Fiverr, the most typically, when you sign up, you can get a discount code pretty quick, I'm not affiliated with them in any way, I've just got a lot of really good success out of them. So I use them a lot. So the thing about Fiverr is, it's a very low barrier to entry. And what that means is that it can, it can just attract a wide range of people. So let's start at the bottom. If you want to do freelance work, you can go set up an account on Fiverr. And say I want to offer a service. And with some basic approvals, short quizzes, you can be up and running in under a few hours now. Could be even less, I really don't know I don't sell on there, I just buy from there. But the quality that comes from allowing a lot of people in is that you're going to have some junk. And you just have to go into this knowing that there's a good chance your first couple buys will not be that great. All right. Now let's talk about their system. As they go up, they have what's called level one sellers, level two sellers, five or Pro, and then they have newer sellers, it just gets higher and higher, you know, new one, two Pro, I believe it might be two, One Pro, I don't know, either either option level one or level two, they're pretty solid. But the thing is, is that you can actually find some diamonds in the newer sellers, because not everyone that starts theirs is junk. I mean, there's some really talented people that are just getting started there. And so here's the thing, you have to decide what works for you, okay, everyone has one or two things, they have time or they have money. If you have money Fiverr Pro is the best place to go to because you can't get into fiber pro unless you're invited in. Fiber Pro is expensive. Everything on that section is is probably at least twice what you'd pay for it anywhere else. But you're paying for the best you're paying for people that are handpicked by fiber, that they've proven what they have their skill set or experience, it's well worth it. So if you need something done, and you don't care about the money, you just care about getting it done quickly. Fiverr Pro, that's where you go, if you have some money, but also some time, I'm gonna tell you how I do it. And I do it one of two ways. The first way is if I'm looking for a newer seller, I like to look for people that are in, you know, the main places I look for our local sellers, which is my home country, I'm in the US. So I'm looking for other sellers in the US. I look for a lot of sellers in the UK. I typically try to look for sellers that have been around less than 30 days, and I hit him up with a an option to try something out, you know, never go with a big project right away, try and test starting out. And so if I'm not willing to take a risk on someone brand new, then what I'm going to do is, this is a this is a trick that has taken me a long time to learn, but I think it's gonna really help you if you're trying to do something big. What I like to do is I like to write out a letter that's semi personable. And what I mean by that is, I explained what I need, it's longer than a few sentences where you have to read it, like basically try and make it long enough that it takes 45 seconds to read. Right started out by saying something like, Hey there or Hello. Don't put a name in there. Okay, try and hey, there works pretty well actually, let's just say that. Hey there, you know, comma, new paragraph. This is my project. This is what's unique about it, try and give a couple specific selling points for specific points in your project. Try and give some details that you want people to come back to you with, okay, and then close out with your name. So you're just trying to get some information on it. You're gonna copy that message and you're gonna send it out to three to five sellers at a time. Now the thing is, is the big takeaway from this When I've learned what I've found, is I've used, they call me on Fiverr. A Fiverr. Doer just means I've hired a lot of people, right? I've got two businesses going. The podcast, I just use Fiverr. For a lot of stuff I probably spent, you know, 1000s and 1000s of dollars, I probably could buy a car off how much I spent on Fiverr, maybe not, but I spent a lot of money because it's very helpful to get it done. Right. It's, it's a lot easier than have to hire employees, it's contract work, it lets you manage expenses better. As long as you're doing for your business, you know, there's there's value in what they're doing. For a while there was Wall Street prints, I was trying out artists and I was hiring lots of people, most of them didn't make a second try. I found my main artist somewhere another way. But I got a lot of good information, a lot of valuable insight to what I was looking for by just testing with, with different people, different artists, different designers. And sometimes in business, you have to just test and this is a great way to do it. But I would make a message like this, and I would send it out to three to five, if you really feel like you want to do it go up to 10, right, but send it to all these people at once you can just find a seller, hit Get a Quote contacts and like that and reach out to him. And you're going to send the same message out to a lot of people now here's what's going to happen in a 24 hour cycle, you're gonna get a few people that just don't check it. And that's gonna tell you that they're not active enough to be someone you want to work with. Because on an ongoing basis, you want quick replies your business matters. And if you're having to have contract work done, you want to make sure that they're coming back to you in a timely manner. If you find someone that responds to you, and ignores your email, and says, Hey, I'd love to work with you, let's go ahead and get started something like that, they basically never took the time to read what you said to them, which means they're not going to give you a quality product. In my experience, this is just my opinion. But I've worked with hundreds of sellers, hundreds of designers, artists, doers, blah, blah, the ones that read your email and get back to you with a personal thing out of that, that says how they can do it, hey, I can you know, for example, Hey, I've read this, I can do this no problem, we can definitely take your project, blah, blah, blah, come to life, something like that something that shows they they put a little interest a little effort in, that is the best sign that they're going to keep that going long afterwards and produce a quality product quantities produce a quality, whatever you're looking for. So I understand on one side, you're wasting people's time to a point, I mean, you're wasting less than five minutes for someone's day. But here's the thing, if you hire them on, there are no refunds on Fiverr. Alright, if the quality sucks, you're still paying. And so you have to be willing to waste a little bit of time to find the right type of people to work with. Because there's no upside for you, in trying to just pick one of 10 There's no refund for poor quality. It's just the downside of freelance work is that sometimes you get amazing quality, and sometimes you don't. And so the best hacks I have found are pay up, go all the way to Fiverr Pro and you'll get a great job guaranteed. I don't think guaranteed actually, like I said, I'm not affiliate with them, I'm just going off my own experience. But it's a pretty solid bet. If you go with Fiverr pro, you get quality work, but most people don't have that type of budget to use for all their different stuff. So if you can't, the next step down is to send out a mass message to three to 10. Sellers, and see who comes back to you with some details. And from those people. Now you want to look at reviews. Now you want to look at past projects, recent projects, how often was the last delivery? You know, what's the latest delivery? Was it done a week ago, four hours ago, a month ago? You know if there's all sorts of reasons people take breaks, there's no downside or red flag for someone not being on Fiverr for a while not doing this thing. Freelance is supposed to mean freelance for a reason they can come and go as they please. But when they're there, when they are working, how is their outcome? How was there productivity? Are people happy with the results, if you have a seller, that is giving good reviews, getting good reviews, excuse me, but as giving quality returns, and what I mean by that by that message has some detail, some input, something unique that stands out, it shows that they are willing to take the time just to respond to your message. If they have reviews, if they have that type of extra mile extra, whatever you want to call it, I just call it customer service. If they have customer service and good reviews, they're probably going to give you a good product. And if they're missing one of those metrics, I would probably stay away. I mean, if you're going to take the shot, then take the shot by all means. But if you're trying to pick between a whole bunch of of just freelancers and you don't know which way which path to go, see who gives you a little extra without charging because you're willing to pay, you're not trying to get something for free here you're just trying to make sure that they're not going to look at you as just one more. Order one more sale because those are the type of freelancers that just typically don't give the quality you're looking for the Next thing that I would suggest, if you really feel like, that's still not getting it done for you, is try and just book more than one. And so let's, let's do like this, let's say you send a message out to 10 people, you get responses from four of those for three of them had good reviews. And the price range is all within a similarity, where it's not that much of a difference. If you're doing a one time thing, take a shot, if you're doing something that's gonna be ongoing, then pick three and see who does the best job, for example, the podcast you're listening to, I use an editor from Fiverr. To make the quality better, every time I do a podcast, I spend a little money to make sure the podcast quality is better than what I could do on my own. Now, there's software that can do that to a certain point. But I still try and go the extra mile because the the finished product matters to me. And I could not tell, even in all my experience, which one to go with. And so I did what I just explained here, and I got it down to three sellers, and then I paid all three to do the first job. You put a little more money upfront, but then you don't waste time of thinking, Did I really pick the right one? What about the other one should I've gone with him instead, take the shot. And if you have the funds, then then do more than one at a time. Let the results speak for themselves. And that's how you do it. If you can't afford to do that, then you just pick one, if it doesn't work out, and you pick one more, and you don't want to time if you can't afford to do one at a time, then your business probably isn't ready to do freelance work to hire on freelancers, you just have to do it all yourself. If you have no money and you have plenty of time, go to YouTube, right? There's always a way to learn what you have to do. To a certain point, when you hit a certain metric a certain level in your business, you don't have the time to do everything. And so you either bring on employees or you bring on freelancers, if you bring on a freelancer Fiverr is just a great place to find them. And so I hope this kind of helps you. I hope this kind of provides some value for your day. And I look forward to seeing the type of projects the community makes, and maybe they make them a little more efficient next time. So talk soon. 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