We found someone to help with the data!

Over the past couple of weeks we have been working with Odesk and looking for someone to help convert data from our vendors so we can get it in to our web shoppes more easily. We placed the ad and then waited. We had quite a few applicants for the job. Some from the U.S., some not. We looked over everyones past performance scores, evaluated their reference comments, took into consideration their knowledge of the task and narrowed down our selection.

Last week we sent our candidates a snipet of the spreadsheets that we receive from our vendors and a copy of the structure they need to fit it in when they make the conversions. We asked each candidate to evaluate and give us their best estimate of how long they thought each conversion would take, we have over 50, and how they would go about making that conversion. Since DJ is the techie in our office, he speaks that language.  – We have finally selected our candidate and will be providing them with their first set of records. If this goes well we will turn over more records to be converted. Lets cross our fingers!

Hiring Someone Sight Unseen

Today I am working on adding new products to the web shoppes. It is very easy to find new vendors and I have about 10 whose products would compliment what we have already in our shoppes. I decided to go to odesk.com to see if I can find an experienced person that I will not have to spend time interviewing and can just jump right in and get the job done. I heard about them in one of the hundreds of business magazines I subscribe to and we have been talking about getting help to increase products and to convert the databases we received from our vendors. So here goes!


It is a very daunting task. There are literally hundreds of people from all over the world that have many technical talents. Now my job is to sift through these and find someone to add the first vendor and see how we go from there. I will keep you posted.