A few months ago I had a part time guy working for me. I think he’s about 18 or 19 years old and he wanted to make some extra money. He had approached me by email, responding to an OLD job posting I had at OnlineJobs.ph (you get access to this site through Replace Myself)
I had already hired for the position on that job posting, but this kid’s writing was decent and I thought to myself, “What the heck – I’ll get him to build me a mini-net for XYZ website”. The Mini Net strategy, and training for your outsourcers, is taught inside Replace Myself. I hired the guy and he did reliable work for about 10-12 hours per week. He built out the entire network and updated it regularly.
After about 3 months I stopped getting updates for about 3-4 days straight. So I simply emailed him to ask what was happening. I was nice. I didn’t send him some a**hole email saying “Hey buddy what’s your problem … why haven’t you done any work”. That kind of email to your employees will NEVER help you.
He replied to me telling me that he had to go back to school and that he didn’t think he’d be able to keep up the part time job. He said “I’m really sorry about this, and I really liked working for you”.
No big deal. I thanked him, paid him for his time, and moved on.
But I still have a good RELATIONSHIP with him. I emailed him last night to see if he wanted any temporary work. I have a new website project under way and it needs content injection. My other writers are busy on projects and I don’t want to slow them down with a temporary job. So I emailed this kid to see if he wanted to do it. Sure enough, he does. I had a feeling he would.
I’ve often said (on this blog) that hiring part time writers is not a great idea. It’s true – it’s not a good idea if you need them long term. Too often they move on because they were never truly committed to the job. BUT, it’s a great way to get temporary work done. I like having a pool of people that have done work for me in the past that I can email and say “Hey, I have something – you interested?”
This is a big time saver for me when I need to hire for small things.
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