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Selling and Outsourcing on Elance..

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by gray123, Nov 28, 2013.

  1. gray123

    gray123 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Hi Everyone,

    Had a thought yesterday.. I know a lot of people sell services, such as SEO & Logo Design, through forums etc but then outsource the work to India/ Philippines on sites like elance, odesk, freelancer etc..

    I thought about setting up two accounts on Elance. One to initially find outsourced workers. And the other to get work. So for example, I look for a web designer who can work regularly for me. We agree he will do all website for $300 per order. I then send proposals to people on Elance/ O Desk looking for web design services, sell at a higher price and pocket the diffference/

    Obviously the harder part is selling yourself as a seller with no feedback initially.

    Has anyone done this sort of thing themselves?

    Thanks
    Graham
     
  2. Asif WILSON Khan

    Asif WILSON Khan Executive VIP Premium Member

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    Of course other people have had this idea.
    They do, do it and I am sure a few have made a little money but it is a bad business model.
    People think reselling is a good idea but unless you know what you are doing then being a middle man isn't going to make you wealthy.
    Especially in the areas you are looking at, as there is too much competition and the margins will be tight.
     
  3. DangerousDEN

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    All Design, SEO, and majority of service companies - are resellers. Boss gets the job, and than his employees/or freelancers do the work.

    OP, your idea is good. But why sell on Elance? Majority of people who come there have some knowledge and it's harder to sell them.
    Sell to people 'not in business'. If persons goes to Elance to find designer is not the customer you should target!
     
  4. SkyrocketSEO

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    All top profiles on Elance outsource, you can't earn so much money working by yourself. But the thing is you gotta be a great manager (find jobs, find good jobs, find reliable freelancers, keep everything tip top...)

    One of our profiles was top earner on Elance for the selected category in my country so I know you can do it by outsourcing (by the way, most of freelancers that work from me are from USA/UK).

    Also, I have learned that when it comes to design you should work with east european designer, don't go straight to Pakistani/Indian freelancers just cause they are the cheapest.
     
  5. gray123

    gray123 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    So would you outsource to elancers but advertise on forums and offline?
     
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    man, you have to try it,
     
  7. gray123

    gray123 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    thanks, will look into it. I was looking to advertise services on WF but alot of the prices there for logo design/ seo work are cheaper than a lot of freelancers!
     
  8. DangerousDEN

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    gray123 not WF, not IM forums, not freelancer sites.
    Target people who make money not IM ways. Example go to google and type: "movers + your city" check the sites that don't look good usually they will be not on 1st page, and try to get them. They have no idea how much these designs cost!
    My friend very bad designer, but entepreneur guy, was managing to get people offline to pay him 5K for site, which i can get made for $500 max on freelancers sites. And they were happy. And send him more clients.
    Just make sure you LOOK LEGIT -> create professional site, create some testimonials, you can hire some person to do call answering for you to create the feeling of big company, etc.

    That's how all business work. You can't sell high to people withing industry. If i want to buy diamond ring and go to shop i get on price, if i call my friend who works in that industry - he can get me this ring for half price, why -> cause he knows real mark ups.
     
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    Any particular reason why east european designers are better?
     
  10. Bestcreaters

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    one thing i know for sure is getting awarde jobs on elance aint esy on that category