Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties)

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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Yes, in fact, I'm using them again now, Inna. Be careful that your vetting process is thorough though and don't let the freelancer take you off of the site for payment. 

Nov 30, 2017 04:02 AM
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Steve Bracero
Heisler and Mattson - Shrewsbury, MA
First Time Homebuyer and Investor Specialist

I have used fivver... 

really like it! 

Nov 30, 2017 03:27 AM
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Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

I used some of them until my team was fully trained to do the same tasks all basically "in house" meaning I have full control. My virtual assistant team can do most of the tasks real estate agents and businessed need done. 

 

I used elance before. I hired a website designer. She said the site would take her x hours to do. So that is what I figured, I was shocked when I got a bill for x times 3 for the site. She took it upon herself to 'monitor' the site daily, which was never what I asked for. You have to be very clear in what you want done. Make them repeat it back to you. I then learned to design my own sites. 

 

99 designs is very good actually. We have 2 logo designers on our team but if we want another few creative brains to choose from, we do a 99 design request. 

We use Fiverr a lot. 

Again, as my vas are trained to do things, I would much rather change their lives by giving them steady jobs and income. My clients and I make a huge impact on the lives of many people in the Philippines. They have food to eat, clothes to wear, they can go to the doctor, to the hospital, they can buy regular appliances we take for granted, they can also hire household help and send their kids to good schools. I am so passionate about making such an impact. It is the ripple effect too. By giving work to one mother of 3, she not only will help herself and her children, she will help her mother, her brothers and sisters, her relatives, the list goes on and on. I have my tech va taking off of work tomorrow to bring his elderly mother who has a hard time walking to a special hospital in another area- he could not have done this without the high pay we pay him ( higher than what most virtual assistants there get paid). 

Nov 30, 2017 05:33 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Inna,

I would rather work with true and tried professionals.  I have seen those sites, and some of the actual work that is produced is not up to our standards.  We are very finicky!  A

Nov 30, 2017 04:10 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

if I were to do another website or needed an assistant, I would call Katerina Gasset for guidance....

Nov 30, 2017 03:26 AM
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Inna you are so advanced, I am still in the stone ages, have not heard of this... you have to give me lessons... please...Endre

Nov 29, 2017 11:51 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Been using Upwork, formally elance.com, for over a decade. It is the best.

Nov 30, 2017 04:07 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

We have not

Nov 30, 2017 03:18 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for the suggestion.

 

Nov 30, 2017 05:36 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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Fiverr is my go-to for creative, very affordable work projects. I have not used Upwork.

Nov 30, 2017 05:28 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I have not.  Though I have used Fiver with some good and some not so good results.

Nov 30, 2017 05:21 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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Great list! I am familiar with a few of the sites. I am such a control freak, I haven't been able to bring myself to outsource. If I had a bigger office, I would.

Nov 30, 2017 05:19 AM
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Upwork is something totally new to me....time to research!

Nov 30, 2017 04:13 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I've not even ever looked at Upwork, but will now, Inna. I have referred to FIVVR from time to time. I've used elance a long time ago and the experience was so, so.

Nov 30, 2017 03:41 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I do not.

Nov 30, 2017 10:31 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I've not worked with them, but I remember Joy Bender from Long Beach area had good luck with Fiver, which is a similar concept.

Nov 30, 2017 09:36 AM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I've heard really good things about it but haven't used it.

Nov 30, 2017 06:16 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Nope, can't say I do. It's like a different kind of Fivvr.

Nov 30, 2017 05:34 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I have not used it.

Nov 30, 2017 03:31 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

You guys the best! Thanks for sharing your experiences and tips! 

Nov 30, 2017 11:58 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I have "found" some resources on-line that have been effective for certain skilled/non-skilled jobs that I have been pleased with the results.  

Nov 30, 2017 10:29 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I have not heard of Upwork. 

I have used a few of the sites mentioned in the past however I was not pleased with the work / results and did not use any of it. I've learned the hard way ... the cost of higher education! 

Nov 30, 2017 10:21 AM
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Kim Anderson
Kims Properties - Phoenix, AZ
We'll buy your house fast & give you cash for it.

We utilize Upwork all the time for smaller projects that do not require a full time employee.

Nov 30, 2017 10:15 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Never heard of it. Thanks! Will take a look.

Nov 30, 2017 05:44 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I have not heard about it but will check it out

Nov 30, 2017 05:44 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Never heard of them; however, thanks for the heads up.

Nov 30, 2017 04:36 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sorry Inna, have not used them.

Dec 03, 2017 02:58 PM
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Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

I have heard very strong, and positive reviews during marketing webinars, etc. that I have been on. Strong vetting, and a very refined end-result you are seeking seem to be the two overall themes I have heard. Know EXACTLY what you want in the end, and then post it specific enough that it would be hard for anyone responding to mis-interpret what you are seeking. Good luck, hope it goes well!

Dec 02, 2017 06:19 AM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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I have with success.

Nov 30, 2017 07:53 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Never heard of it

Nov 30, 2017 07:42 PM
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Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 Thanks for the list.  I have used a couple of them.  I also use Fiverr.

Nov 30, 2017 07:06 PM
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Sean Casey
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Newark, DE
Greenville, Hockessin, Newark & Bear Homes

No, I haven't used them.

Nov 30, 2017 03:33 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Nah, I don't use any of those sites to hire sorry

Nov 30, 2017 03:24 PM
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Steve Penner
Royal LePage / Moneyledgers Software - Winnipeg, MB
REALTOR / Owner of Moneyledgers

Yes, I have used "upwork" for years... and if you take the time to properly publish the job requirements and do a good interview.. then I have found some excellent help.  BUT, I recommend to start small with a contractor, give them a small job, see how they do.. then give them a bigger job, etc... test and test before you fully commit.  But in the end there are some very good people in upwork, just need to spend the energy to find them.  Worth a shot depending on the job... but don't hesitate to stop the contract if things are not going well.... move on until you find the right fit.

Nov 30, 2017 02:22 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I have not used UpWork but have used many others.

Having a technical inclination and executed many complex projects I know success in this 'shared resources' venue is dependent on writing clear specifications. 80% of the actual work is in the specs with 20% needed for coding and testing. Most novices get it backwards.

Finally, the project overview must have a trigger word or phrase that is understood by those who know the technology. Those who do not pick up on the word are removed from the list because they will also miss the important words in the specification and have demonstrated a complete lack of curiosity, the first clue of intelligence.

Is it risk free? Of course not.

Do I put all my eggs in one basket? Of course not.

Nov 30, 2017 12:53 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you.

Nov 30, 2017 12:21 PM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

Glad we do look at the older questions. 

Thank you, Inna.

Dec 04, 2018 07:40 PM
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Thank you, Inna. 

Now I will try it too. 

Dec 04, 2018 06:53 PM