The holidays is a time where all bloggers scramble like chickens to curate the most shitty content, chock full of affiliate links hoping to line our pockets real fat for the holiday season. Holiday blog posts across the board can be redundant in every niche, and a majority of them get lost in the sea of posts but it doesn't have to be that way. September is the perfect time to step outside the norm as Smart Blogger says and really cultivate some awesome content for your blog and even the possibility of becoming a viral sensation.
During this time, especially for me, things become a little overwhelming and can get extremely hectic especially with family visiting, so I recommend hiring help to assist with the influx of potential posts. Last year, I put out a series of posts which were rushed and way below par in terms of my usual blog standards in order to capture some affiliate sales. This year, I will be formulating a different approach.
Hiring reliable writing help does not have to be a daunting task. There are a multitude of trusted websites such as Upwork, Guru and oDesk and some not so trusted ones such as Craigslist, but you can also look to your blogging peers(on twitter or elsewhere) who are seeking to make a few extra bucks.
Blogger Opportunities is a bomb ass Facebook group with over 5,000 members who are looking for monetary opportunities. IFB is also a wonderful site to find other bloggers in different niches and scope out their writing skills before telling them about any potential opportunities.
If it's admin work you need, IHire Facebook group has over 10,000 members that will see your opportunity if you decided to post it there. I know a few people that have found solid gigs through this particular Facebook page.
There are a few things to remember when you're hiring help.
- Communication is key
Whether you will be paying your new freelance employees late or if the project was not done to your satisfaction, effective communication is key.
- Be Honest About Pay
Bait and switch is the worst feeling anyone could ever feel. Don't promise someone potentially thousands of dollars if you only have $30 worth of work. Being up front with someone allows that open line of communication and will allow you guys to possibly work in the future in a bigger capacity.
- Use An App For Deadlines
Let's be honest, how many times have you received an email and overlooked it unintentionally? Exactly. Using an app like Asana and requiring your help to use it too, allows for fewer mistakes and less wasted time for your help to be sifting through thousands of emails desperately looking for your last email correspondence.
- Always Credit Your Writers
Unless they agreed to ghost write for you. I recommend putting their blog URL and one of their social media accounts as well.