What Can You Get for Five Dollars?

By Ron Rosenberg

Eliminate, automate, and outsource–you’ve heard us preach this until we’re blue in the face, and with good reason: you have to focus on your core competencies to stay successful, and anything that’s not a core competency is at best a minor distraction, and at worst a serious stumbling block that you may not even recognize...one that is keeping you from achieving the results you should be getting.

In these pages, on our website, and in many of my live programs, I share examples of some of the tools we use to automate and outsource whole parts of our business.

Sometimes, though, the “sharing” happens in the other direction, and one of the people in my session recommends a resource to me. That’s how I discovered this month’s “Tools of the Trade” example.

Outsourcing Can Be Complicated...

It’s not always easy to find good people to hire into your business, and outsourcing is no different–you have to be very thorough and deliberate before, during, and after you engage outside resources, especially when key projects and deliverables are involved.

But some tasks are so simple–and so inexpensive–that you can almost throw caution to the wind. That seems to be the idea behind the website fiverr.com. The process is pretty simple for both buyers and sellers:

We’ll Do It for You for $5!

The entire idea behind fiverr.com is that people post jobs they’re willing to do for $5. So what can you get done for $5? Actually, a lot more that you might imagine–certainly more than I expected to find when I first visited the site. For example...

Lots of Ways to Use fiverr.com

In fact, as I was looking up examples for this article, I found several that I’m going to try myself. And I used the word “try” deliberately: if it works out well, then I’ve found a resource I can use again in the future. If it’s not what I had hoped for, then I’m out $5. Really, that’s a small price to pay to get rid of the small, nagging tasks that seem to clutter my day.

There are over 100 different categories of services offered in many differ­ent areas including:

• Graphics & Design • Video & Animation

• Online Marketing • Writing & Translation

• Advertising • Business

• Programming & Tech • Music & Audio

• Fun & Bizarre • Lifestyle

If you’re looking for a low-risk way to get started with outsourcing, it doesn’t get any easier than fiverr.com.

Try it out–I mean, the most you have to lose is $5

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August Interview

Cher Holton, Ph.D.

The Holton Consulting Group

How to Build Teams that Deliver Extraordinary Results

Considering all the people you work with on various teams, it sometimes seems like a miracle that anything actually gets done. Fortunately, there are specific actions you can take to build teams that deliver extraordinary results; and this month, Cher Holton, one of the leaders in the field of teamwork and president of The Holton Consulting Group, Inc., will explain how to make it all work.

Fortunately, there are specific actions you can take to build teams that deliver extraordinary results; and this month, Cher Holton, one of the leaders in the field of teamwork and president of The Holton Consulting Group, Inc., will explain how to make it all work.

You'll discover:

  • The issues that impact individual performance
  • Roadblocks to effective teamwork
  • Team-building exercises that actually deliver results!

 

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