Tips on finding outsourced talent
I’ve used outsourcing sites (oDesk, Elance*) and crowdsourcing sites (Designcrowd, Hatchwise) for both design and programming talent on a number of projects. Here’s my tips:
- Write a good specification. With images. Enough said.
- You can’t find design talent on oDesk/Elance. No good way to browse, and “good design” is hard to define in a requirements specification. Instead, use Dribbble to find designers you like.
- Ready-made design can be a better option than crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is time-consuming and/or expensive and/or produces low-quality output. The old project management quote “you can have it fast, good and cheap - now pick any two” comes to mind. A better option is buying a ready-made design from Brandcrowd, Stocklogos, or 99designs.
*oDesk and Elance are now the same company. But I used both when they weren’t. :-)