Cost Effectiveness and Time Management
Last Update: Nov 5, 2016
Time is Money
Recently, I asked a question https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/website-development-programming/how-do-i-creating-an-htaccess-file-for-301-redirect. I have a bit of background knowledge with the backend of website development. Now when I say background knowledge... that's it... not necessarily application. I knew what I wanted was an easy fix. However, I had no idea where to start.
I took a little time researching... maybe an hour max. What I found is I couldn't seem to find the focus to decipher the information out there. I would skim the article, realize I needed a handful of code and move on. Looking back, I realized I wanted a quick fix. I really wanted the code given to me. I didn't want to spend hours understanding what needed to be done or learning how to use a tool to do it for me.
I asked myself, how can I do this without it eating up a day of my time.
The Fiverr Dilemma
I have a love-hate relationship with Fiverr. On one hand, it's super inexpensive. It's hard for me to pass up a bargain. However, I rarely seem to get the quality of work I want. "You get what you pay for." Which is why, I don't use it for articles on my site. I find the quality of writing I receive takes more work to edit it to presentability than it would have taken to write myself.
If anything, I use Fiverr for ideas... to spur my creativity. I order with the idea I'm not going be satisfied. However, I will find inspiration in what I receive. For example, a brochure. I might struggle with the placement or content and put in a Fiverr order. I get something that isn't really what I want. However, it helps me understand what I really want and allows me to whip something together. For 5 + tip, it's well worth the spend. It saves me hours of trial and error.
Fiverr to the Rescue
Here I am with an easy fix but a lack of knowledge. It doesn't require a lot of creative ability. And if the individual knows what he/she is doing, it'll probably take about 30 minutes tops... probably a 15 minute fix to get in and out.
I contact the seller and share my problem. It took a few hours for him to get back to me. However, when he did, it took less than an hour from the start of our conversation to resolution to have my issue resolved. In that time, I put in an order, setup 2 accounts for him (the first one wasn't what he needed), provided information for the order, he did the work, and we closed out the order. $5 plus a tip saved me lots of headache and hours, maybe 2 days worth of research.
Fiverr is great. However, I believe it's important to keep in mind the ROI you receive for it. For me, it's time. It might be the time I save bridging the creativity gap or in this particular instance, time I save in research.
An added plus is I'm not mentally worn down from trying to fix this issue myself. What that means for me is I have energy and motivation to write not only this post, but a post for my blog. Plus Plus Plus!
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