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Build/Grow Your Business With Fiverr For Photographers | Mark Condon’s Top 10 Gigs

By Kishore Sawh on September 8th 2014

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Why have photographers not really taken to outsourcing? Could it be useful? In the mid 2000s, you’d be hard pressed to speak to anyone in Silicon Valley or any burgeoning tech/communications entrepreneur anywhere, without them bringing up outsourcing. It seemed I was always running into an off-the-rack suit wearing ‘Chad’ or a ginger named ‘Jeremy,’ that was just so full of outsourcing pride they couldn’t help but vomit some of it up again. It was entrepreneurial water-cooler talk that syphoned its way to cocktail parties. And birthdays. And Christenings.

Anyway, outward appearances suggested that achieving the modern incarnation of ‘The American Dream’ meant hiring in Bangalore or Bangkok. The idea was hatched at home, and for a menial sum (comparatively), the grind was shipped to a veritable army of Quickbook & Excel efficient, smarter-than-we-are, hungry foreigners. Silicon Valley may be the official nickname of the Southern Bay Area, but in many senses, you may as well call it Siliconistan.

The thing is, outsourcing is still big, but with a foreign workforce wisening up to their worth, the cost of it in many cases has gone up. Partially, that’s led to farming these jobs to the local front, and now it’s possible to have high quality work done for all aspects of your business, and you don’t need the wealth of an Arab with money to make the desert green. Enter Mark Condon, and Fiverr.

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Mark Condon is a British, Sydney based photographer whose work many of you may now be familiar with. Perhaps not his photographic work, but as the creator of Shotkit, a site where professional photographers share their gear and work. I reviewed the site and spoke with Mark when Shotkit was launched in February this year, and it remains to date, my favorite site of its kind. Inspired, according to Mark, by the look of articles you’d find in GQ, Shotkit is a joy to look at, and use, and its ability to straddle the line between being fun and informative have made it a quick success, while its stability continues it.

shotkit-gear-photography-mark-condon-george-clooney-5Mark and I were speaking recently on what it took to get his business off the ground, and Fiverr  (a directory of workers who will perform tasks in all fields for $5) has featured heavily in that venture, and his own personal photography business. To what extent? Well, more than you may expect. In fact, Mark, humble as he is, has put together a very detailed post on all the ways he used Fiverr to create his businesses. He goes into much detail about the 10 Fiverr gigs for photographers that he has found the most useful. Those are:

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Photo Editing
Logo Design
WordPress Troubleshooting
Business Cards
Virtual Assistants – outbound marketing, data entry, Excel work etc
Website Critique/User Testing
Proofing
Promotion
Social Media – promotion, reservation, testimonials, RSS
‘The Mystery Gig’ (head over to his post to see more)

Much more than just a list, Mark goes into detail about the advantages and disadvantages of each category, and his experiences. He also goes as far as recommending Fiverr workers that he has used and found to be useful for each section, and offers tips on how to make the most of the various groups.

[REWIND: SHOTKIT: SEE WHAT ESSENTIAL GEAR THE PROS USE]

Thoughts On Fiverr

I’m quite the advocate of outsourcing, and without sounding like some irritating econ student with a tired conversation list, I think the Internet’s bringing back the factors of production to the masses will only make outsourcing even more popular. I see huge advantages to the approach Mark has used, though I know it’s difficult for a lot of photographers to let loose the reigns on any part of their business.

I would say though, that at the end of the day, if you’re treating it like a business, then efficiency and quality both need to be balanced, and hiring others who are better versed than you to quickly take care of something is probably good practice. Learning the skills you’re making use of these people for is never a bad idea, but sometimes, there aren’t enough hours in the day to always be reinventing the wheel.

See the full article by Mark here, and don’t forget to check out, and maybe even submit your gear to be featured on Shotkit.

Have you used Fiverr for your business?

I haven’t had experience with Fiverr myself, and this is not a promotion for that company.

About

A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

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  3. Matthew Riley

    I’ve used Fiver to help generate things like email lists (potential clients). I am not sure if I would go with them for photo retouching or editing but you never know. Think it would take awhile to find someone who is topnotch in those areas.

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  4. Matt Walsh

    So far for me services like Fiverr and Elance have unfortunately been worthless.

    I’m a retoucher and photographer by trade, and a couple of months ago I fixed up a bunch of 1940’s photographs for my grandma. I thought it was such a cool experience I’ll put myself out there to help other people in this situation.

    When I got to both of these sites the retouching sections are slammed full of individuals from overseas countries that have obviously fake portfolios. It makes it nearly impossible to cut through the noise. I feel bad for those who don’t know the difference and are choosing sub par vendors.

    I think both of these services are valid and wish they worked better, but until they work harder at validating individuals and cleaning out the spam/scammers, or at least allow you to choose by region, the sites are unusable in my mind.

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  5. Rui Pinto

    Already made a buy using Fiverr! Thanks for the info. It’s really useful

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