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Tutorial: How to Find the Right Person on oDesk

Small Business Trends - 15 hours 49 min ago

If you’re growing a business, hiring is essential. But the process can seem overwhelming. That’s especially the case if you’re just looking for contractors or freelance employees online.

Online entrepreneur Evan Carmichael shares his process for finding the right help on sites like oDesk in this video tutorial:

Carmichael explains:

“The goal here is to get quality people who want to work with me and quickly weed through all of the crap – all of the people who aren’t paying attention, who don’t read your profile, who don’t put in even a little bit of hard work to prove themselves. Those people you don’t want. If they’re not going to jump in and do a little bit of work for you, then you’ve got to move on and find other people. And so this process helps make sure you get the right people in.”

Here are a few steps Carmichael uses to find the most qualified candidates.

Specify the Type of Job

Depending on your specific needs, you might want a freelancer to handle just one specific task, or you might need someone on an ongoing basis. Carmichael says ongoing jobs tend to attract the best candidates. So be sure to be specific about the time period in your job description.

Don’t Make it Easy

When writing a job description, include everything in one big, ugly paragraph. This might seem strange, but Carmichael says it helps weed out the people who are not detail-oriented and it is very important for him to have detail oriented contractors. So this step helps him find people who don’t mind going through a job description that isn’t necessarily the easiest to read and picking out the important elements.

Include a Question

To ensure that applicants have actually read his job description, Carmichael includes a specific question in the middle of the paragraph. For example, he might ask applicants to tell him how many YouTube subscribers he has when submitting their applications. This step helps prove who pays the most attention and actually cares enough about the job to read the entire description.

Develop Good Feedback

You can’t find great candidates unless those great candidates actually want to work with you. Fortunately, oDesk and similar sites allow contractors and business owners to leave reviews for each other.

So as early as possible, Carmichael suggests building relationships with contractors so you can gain positive feedback. For new users, this can’t be done right away. But there are still some steps you can take. For example, verifying your payment method on oDesk makes you look more reputable to potential contractors immediately.

Use a Trial Job

The final step in Carmichael’s process involves creating a trial job on oDesk. He invites the candidates who respond to his application correctly to do short tasks that he will pay them for regardless. He says that not all of the invited applicants even attempt the trial job and even fewer complete it. This further weeds out contractors who don’t have the follow through he needs.

Of the ones who do complete the task, he is then able to judge candidates based on who took the shortest amount of time and did the best job. If two or three stand out, he says he may hire a few people and see who does the best job on an ongoing basis.

Image: oDesk

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Top Business Opportunities For 2014 – Empowered Ezine Reviews Some Of...

PR Web - 17 hours 27 min ago

A new article form EmpoweredEzine.com takes a look at some of the most promising business opportunities for new entrepreneurs in the year ahead.

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

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Archadeck Outdoor Living Opens New Location in Ventura County

PR Web - 17 hours 27 min ago

North America’s leading deck and outdoor living space franchise brings its first California location to Ventura County.

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

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Mini Golf by Indianapolis' Buffet & Fun Center Included In...

PR Web - 17 hours 27 min ago

This new in-house promotion includes miniature golf as just one option available in the games-only package.

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

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Coalition marches on Wendy's HQ for farmworker justice,

Topix - 19 hours 5 min ago

Columbus, April 14, 2014: An estimated 800 people participated in a two-mile march to the suburban Columbus corporate headquarters of the Wendy's fast food restaurant chain last month, demanding that the corporate CEO sign an agreement promising better wages and working conditions for migrant farm workers.

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AutoNation envisions quick, easy buying at digital store

AutoNews - 20 hours 19 min ago
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Replace temporary foreign workers program with immigration, incentives: critics

Topix - Tue, 2014-04-22 23:05

Economists and immigration experts say there are solutions at hand as the Conservatives grapple with yet another controversy involving temporary foreign workers.

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Study: Fast food CEOs earn $11,400 an hour

Topix - Tue, 2014-04-22 23:05

A fast food restaurant worker earns about $19,000 a year. That's only if she earns $9 an hour and works full time.

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Krystal plans burger restaurant for former KFC on South Claiborne

Topix - Tue, 2014-04-22 23:05

The South Claiborne fast-food corridor seems poised to get yet another entry, as Krystal is planning to open a burger restaurant in the old Kentucky Fried Chicken store near Washington Avenue.

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Restaurant Report: Fast Food Spots on Dodge Street

Topix - Tue, 2014-04-22 18:55

Thousands of people drive up and down Dodge Street every day and many of them stop for fast food.

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Yum's profit rises as KFC sales in China rebound

Topix - Tue, 2014-04-22 18:55

The company, which also owns Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, said Tuesday that sales at established locations in China rose 9 percent for the period.

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Proactive Home Services Franchise Changes Name and Expands Services

PR Web - Tue, 2014-04-22 18:43

Home services franchise repositions itself in expectation of growth in LED lighting.

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

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Certified Business Coaching Seminar Prepares Right at Home to Provide...

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In-home Senior Care Franchise Trains Home Office Staff With Business Coach Certification

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BlueFrog Plumbing + Drain™ Announces New Franchise Consultant

PR Web - Tue, 2014-04-22 18:43

BlueFrog Plumbing + Drain™, a new franchise opportunity that focuses on plumbing and drain-cleaning services for both residential and commercial clients across North America, today announced the...

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

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CaliforniaOranges.com Introduces the Opening of Valencia Orange Season

PR Web - Tue, 2014-04-22 18:43

CaliforniaOranges.com, an online portal for Organic Citrus fruits and honey, has introduced the opening of the Valencia Orange Season.

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

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XBOSoft speaking at the Top Spring 2014 QA and Testing Conferences

PR Web - Tue, 2014-04-22 18:43

Software quality consulting and testing company CEO speaks at three popular QA and Testing conferences

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

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FRANdata Announces Promotion of Edith Wiseman to President

PR Web - Tue, 2014-04-22 18:43

FRANdata, the only independent research company that provides objective information, analysis and consulting about the franchising sector, today named Edith Wiseman President of the company.

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

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Miracle Method Surface Refinishing Growth Results in Less Waste in...

PR Web - Tue, 2014-04-22 18:43

Consistently increasing growth for Miracle Method means that fewer old bathtubs, sinks, tile walls and kitchen countertops go into landfills. Since 1979, Miracle Method has restored more than a...

(PRWeb April 17, 2014)

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Why Bitcoin May Not Be For Small Businesses

Small Business Trends - Tue, 2014-04-22 18:00

Bitcoin, virtual currency, has awesome potential. It’s used by people to buy and sell all over the world. It’s great, however, it’s fraught with problems. One of the biggest Bitcoin exchanges Mt. Gox, shut down, and U.S. regulators are still figuring out how to deal with Bitcoin.

I could go on but my advice for small business owners is not to jump on every wagon that comes by, filled with new technology that’s not matured and that hasn’t been proven by the market – especially if you have a lot to lose. Brent Leary spoke about this on an episode of The 3TechGuys Show.

Some of you might want to test accepting Bitcoin. That’s fine – if you are testing it with a small amount of money that you can afford to lose.

We have seen, and we will continue to see, the coming and going of lots of new, upgraded and different technology. This is good (thank you iPhone, Netflix, search engines and Shark Tank). My caution to you is to not base your business on new technology. When things don’t work out – then you’re business is in jeopardy.

Always start small and test:

  • If you hear lots of customers talking about using the new technology – listen up.
  • Watch what your competitors are, and are not, doing.
  • See what main stream media has to say: Small Business Trends, OPEN Forum, Big Ideas Blog, Inc.com, Entrepreneur.com, Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Atlanta Tribune and other publishers.
  • Test the new technology with friends and long time, loyal customers – let them know it’s a test.

Focus on loving your customers, creating a great website, investing in social media and building your business.

Let other people test new technology – but keep your eyes open.

Bitcoin Photo via Shutterstock

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China recovery drives 18.4% jump in 1Q profit for Yum

Nation's Restaurant News - Tue, 2014-04-22 17:54
Same-store sales rebound 11% at KFC in China Same-store sales rebound 11% at KFC in China

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