It's like comparing apples to orangutans
Have you ever used Craigslist, Thumbtack or any other website designed to connect you with “professionals”? I added quotations around “professionals” because I was quickly reminded how these sites can work against you if you don’t know what to look for.
First, a quick story about Craigslist. Every now and then I look through the creative gigs to see if there is anything interesting on there. Most of the ads are looking for the lowest possible quote so I don’t bother most times, but a few weeks ago I came across an interesting ad that I thought why not? I reached out to the poster and it turned out not to be a good fit after all. My office is too far from the location. It would’ve cost her too much money.
But then something unexpected happened.
She emailed me back after a couple days and asked if she could hire me as a video consultant, to help her hire a videographer. She paid me instantly with an email saying I must really like and trust you haha. Looks like you know how to make a really good impression!
This story isn’t to tell you how great I am - although it’s certainly true! It’s that this woman recognized someone was trying to help her instead of a quick sale. And it’s easy to forget some people are looking out for your best interests. When she sent me the list of responses she received, here are just a few of what she got:
On her behalf, I went through roughly 20 messages, some better than others. My response was one of only three who actually mentioned something about the ad, other than a generic response. Mine was the only one to ask her a question. So how do you narrow down dozens of responses that don’t really stand out?
Below are my recommendations for using the work-for-hire sites Craigslist and Thumbtack.
When you’re looking to hire someone from Craigslist, here are some tips to keep in mind:
As for Thumbtack.com, I would recommend not using this service. Has it been good to me in the past and connected me with some great companies to work with? Yes. But it’s also become a service that I personally feel hurts the hiree more than helps.
There are definitely gems hidden beneath a huge layer of junk.
I’ve used Craigslist and Thumbtack for both getting hired and hiring. So I know how beneficial they can be - especially when you know what to look for. They do really help small businesses with smaller budgets. At the end of the day, education on these sites is the most important thing I can provide. When you’re spending your time trying to hire the right person for the job, my goal is to save you some of that time and headaches. There are so many different factors to every job it can be daunting to go through making sure you made the right choice.
If you are planning on using any work-for-hire sites in the future, I’d be more than happy to help you filter out the bad from the good. Knowing what to look for is 90% of the battle.
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