Dave Leng, a telecommunications contractor in Samoa, was having a problem selecting someone to do specialized niche design work in this Pacific island. He was targeting a localized designer but the scope of the work proved to be quite challenging and the time frame and rates were not appealing. The US$3,000 quote for the maps alone was too expensive. So he did exactly what any common people would do—think outside the box. To conquer this specific restriction, he took his search beyond geographical limitations.
Having been a member of Scriptlance (which was acquired by the world’s largest outsourcing marketplace Freelancer.com), he is no stranger to the talented pool of skilled workers from all over the globe. So, he posted a contest on Freelancer.com to find the right designer to work on the design elements (maps, graphics, icons, page designs) for the local yellow pages. Choosing the winner was easy. He based his decision on the design/look of the entry and on feedback to determine the entrant’s reliability to complete the job.
“I prefer the contest format (compared to direct project posting) as I don’t have time to go through all the respondents in a bid,” he explains. “I’d rather get the work in and compare it.”
His technique has been successful so far. “Freelancer.com allowed me to gain interest from a variety of designers. I found one suited for the cartoon style icons for maps from Pakistan and I’ve set up a project for another designer who responded to my design brief. Their styles were different and the other designer’s suited something else I had in mind, the page designs.”
With Freelancer.com, Dave has been able to save 50% of the budget and “got better results.” Proving that he is well satisfied with the quality of work done on Freelancer.com, he took a chance with a Freelancer.com new to the platform in another contest he held and found a guy who could turn his maps into “some real art!”
“I’m so sold on the Freelancer.com concept,” he concludes. “I currently have or had people working for me from China, Hong Kong, Chile, Pakistan, Singapore, Romania. All good, no—correct that, GREAT at what they do.”
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