Welcome to another edition of The Affiliate Buzz, where affiliate marketers have been coming to be inspired, informed and motivated to succeed since way back in 2003. Let’s face it. Most of us, especially affiliate marketers who make the majority of their money in the late fall and early winter, tend feel overwhelmed by the holiday season. So as we approach the end of the year, it’s a good time to revisit the best strategies for getting stuff done. For James and Arlene, that’s an easy answer – their favorite project management tools combined with their favorite site for hiring freelancers.
Up with Upwork
Imagine being able to hire any kind of professional you want almost instantly. Upwork (formed from the merger of Elance and oDesk) allows you to do just that. James and Arlene will explain how Upwork gives them access to independent experts from all over the globe. Once you know how to use it, you can hire a freelancer in a matter of minutes. It becomes a powerful tool, both for building the team of professionals who you’ll work with remotely on an ongoing basis, and for getting immediate help in a crisis.
Isn’t hiring all those professionals expensive? Actually no. You’ll have freelancers from all over the world bidding on your jobs. Since they are masters at what they do and are competing with each other for work, they can do the job expertly and efficiently. James and Arlene have been literally shocked by how inexpensive some of the services are. Really, the only hump to get over is the belief that you have to do everything yourself.
Upwork + Basecamp = Magic
So you’ve hired some virtual talent- people who are great at what they do, but now you have another problem. Now you have a team to manage.
That’s where Basecamp comes in. No more wondering whose inbox that important message ended up in, which version of the document is most recent or what task got assigned to whom. James and Arlene use Basecamp to manage their files, their “To Do Lists” and their discussions. Everything stays in one thread so you can find it and Basecamp automatically sends out an email notification when a team member submits an update.
Upwork makes the dream work. But Upwork combined with Basecamp makes the dream not only work, but run really smoothly. Together they’re magic.
Use Upwork to Create Your Own Magic
Arlene will share her recent experience learning to outsource, and helping another friend hire a freelancer for the first time. Listen now as she and James explain:
- The many kinds of talent (writers, graphic designers, audio editors, VAs, etc.) that can be hired on Upwork
- How much you should expect to pay
- What to include (and what not to include) in your project descriptions when posting a job
- How to create a shortlist of candidates and select the right one
- How to set up your initial payment
- The advantage of having team members on the other side of the world
- How to hire for one-time, immediate projects vs. long-term team members
- How to manage your virtual team in Basecamp
If you haven’t tried them already, here’s were you can find the freelancers and project management tool of your dreams. Also, be sure and check out the basecamp tutorials and once logged in, there are some great 3 to 5 minute videos: