I recently read a terrific feature on the .net magazine (April edition) which included 15 different sections, each explaining how to do more for less in different areas of Web Design (such as testing, seo tools, coding tools, feedback). One of the sections covered online resources for outsourcing and considering how popular this has become, I found this section particularly useful. I’ll be sharing the websites mentioned – I strongly recommend you grab yourself a copy (or a monthly subscription if possible) of the .net magazine – it’s a brilliant resource for any web designer.
Outsourcing is not only extremely useful, but a financially viable solution for any web designer who has lots of work but too little time. The amount of talent out there is unbelievable and whatever help you need, you are almost guaranteed to find somebody who can complete your job to a satisfactory level.
Unfortunately, outsourcing can also be slightly unethical – The guys doing the work often end up earning much less than they really deserve simply because they need the money. Whether you choose to persue this option is entirely up to you – it can definitely save you a lot of time (and money) if you don’t have the resources to do the work yourself.
The Top 8 Outsourcing Websites for Web Designers
Freelancer.co.uk claims to be the largest outsourcing marketplace and has been featured on forbes, TIME, The Wall Street Journal and more. They have over 2.2 million registered users who are ready to accept your jobs. To outsource, simply post your job, wait for the bids, and choose a freelancer and pay when the job has been completed.
Check it out: Freelancer.co.uk
Elance.com is similar to Freelancer.co.uk and offers programmers, designers, writers, marketers, admins, consultants and even finance professionals so all your needs should be covered.
Check it out: Elance.com
Guru.com is another freelance websites which has just over 250,000 freelancers registered on the site. It works with SafePay Escrow, meaning you deposit the funds immediately and release them only once you’ve received the completed work.
Check it out: Guru.com
CrowdSpring.com has been used by over 19,000 small businesses and seems to be aimed exclusively at design and writing jobs. Once you’ve submitted your project requirements, users will actually design the stuff you need and you can choose the one you like the most, ensuring that you will definitely get your moneys worth.
Check it out: CrowdSping.com
99Designs.com is similar to CrowdSpring.com but includes many other services such as stationery desig, print design and wordpress themes. The concept is brilliant. Launch your design contest and promise a great award. Designers will rush to deliver the best design possible. Once you’ve chosen it, the winning designer receives the cash award.
Check it out: 99Designs.com
TidyPSD.com is not exactly an outsourcing agency but allows you to organise your PSD files into properly named layers. Although this can seem quite useless, it is definitely a big help to have a PSD file with hundreds of layers organised properly. However, you will still have to design the PSD file yourself.
Check it out: TidyPSD.com
Fiverr.com is nothing like the websites mentioned above and is in fact quite a new concept. It provides a list of things (such as usability tests) online users are ready to do for just 5 dollars. You will most likely not find any amazing graphic or web designers but you will be able to find users who are willing to do tiny jobs.
Check it out: Fiverr.com
PSD2HTML.com is exactly what the domain name says. They convert your PSD files into usable HTML files. They can also implement your designs as skins, themes and templates for WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and more. If you like designing websites but find the process of converting designs into code quite tedious, then a service such as PSD2HTML.com can be just what you’re looking for.
Check it out: PSD2HTML.com
Know of any more?
If you have used or come across a service which allowed you to outsource some of your web design work, please share it below! Otherwise, let me know what you think of the sites mentioned above and if they have worked or not worked for you.