Offer complete information. Never assume that service providers know exactly what you’re looking for. Offer them with detailed instructions when writing your project description. This must include the number of articles you need, the required amount of research, the keywords to target, your proposed topics, the length of each article, the SEO writing techniques that should be used, the deadline, and the amount of money you’re willing spend. Encourage service providers to voice out their questions and clarifications if they have any.
The task must seem like something you can do. If there is even one aspect in the My project description that you cannot accomplish, you should give it a pass and wait for something better to come your way. Remember that these project posters can rate and review you. So, if you cannot do a good job, you may get a bad rating and that can affect your future prospects on the website.
Now its time to register yourself with 5 or 6 or sometimes even more freelance web sites. Some sites charge freelancers to register, others do not. Some sites provide an escrow account from which freelancers are paid and a percentage of the payment is collected for administrative cost.
You have to weigh the pros and cons of each provider. I like people who are easy to work with, dependable, and have a good foundation of research and writing skills. I won’t waste time on people who feel they’re too good for their clients.
The list of what VA’s can do it limitless. I had one client who is starting an ecommerce website have his VA research where he could find a drop shipper for the products he was looking to sell. I personally have used a VA to design documents, proof read documents, design logos, research products that I am in the market for. Currently, I am having a VA research the best lawn mower for my needs and provide a recommendation, as well as finding me the best deal.
So by now, you are thinking to yourself that you can not outsource your entire business. Well, most of us can not, or at least we are not comfortable with it. What we can do it outsource many of our unproductive tasks to free up time so that we can accomplish what we do best and what drives growth for out business. Virtual assistants are simply someone who provides administrative, technical, or sometimes creative assistance to their clients. They are becoming more and more common everyday, particularly with independent entrepreneurs and small businesses.
You only have a limited number of bids, even as a paid member, and with all the projects that are available, it is tempting to use those bids. However, you should be cautious and only use them on projects you think you can win. Look closely at the project and see if it is something that fits into what you are capable of doing. If it does, progress to the next step. If not, look for another project.
Hope you got value from these little tips, based on my own experience. If you’ve never used Elance before, I do urge you to consider it. It can really free up your time and focus.