It’s been a while since our last post. Lots has been going on in the last month and maybe I will explain in upcoming posts but for now I want to talk about something we’ve implemented within the last few weeks.
If you are trying to sell domain names to “end users”, a lot of your time (if you are doing outreach) is going to be spent sending emails to prospective prospects.
Sending emails sounds easy and I guess to a certain degree it is.
Especially if you are using tools that Gmail offers like “canned responses” which basically give you the ability to click a button and generate the same email so you can send it to EACH person individually.
Notice how I said, EACH person. We do not use software or anything like that to send emails. This is just a tool we like to help make things a little faster and when used in combination with Google Streak, you can get key stats as to who is opening your emails, clicking etc.
But back to the point…
This stuff takes a ton of time. Why? Well because you need to find the prospects contact info which can take a while, get the email set up and send the email. Since Will handles most of the outbound communication, he told me just how long it actually takes.
At the moment we work full time so time isn’t on our side. We need to find ways to leverage our time so we can maximize what we do. Everyone only has 24 hours in a day so we felt hiring an assistant to send emails to end users would be worth a shot.
How Did We Find An Assistant?
There are a lot of sites you can find freelancers/assistants. Some that come to mind are:
Of course, there are probably more but we have experience using numbers 1,2 and 4 on the list above. Out of all of those, we were able to find someone we trust and have built a tight relationship with using Craigslist, believe it or not.
Craigslist can be a site full of, garbage. Lots of weird stuff going on there. But if you search diligently, you can find people who you can train to do a specific job you need to get done.
For this task, all we basically need is someone to send the specific emails we need to the specific prospects we tell them to and forward us all of the replies that come in.
So far, we’ve gotten some responses, no sales but the most important part is the assistant is able to send 50-100 emails within an hour which is GREAT!
Think about how much time this is saving us if you combine it with all the other things we need to get done after getting home from the day jobs.
Here are some tips when hiring an assistant:
- Communication is KEY – Things can get weird when your dealing with someone strictly online, if they take a while to answer your emails, look elsewhere.
- Writing Skills – This may not be as important but you want to make sure they understand the English language well if you are hiring someone that may be from overseas.
- Price – What are their rates? Don’t try to pay pennies for good work. If you find someone who works well, follows directions and can even find ways to improve what you are doing, do whatever you can to keep them around.
- The Vanishing Act – This is a bit of a funny one but sometimes you can talk to someone on skype or through email, agree on their pay rate, give them some work and poof, their gone! It has happened to us many times before. Don’t sweat it. Sometimes, people just don’t answer back even after you think everything is in place to begin a project.
We will keep you updated on how this goes but keep in mind you can also hire help to do other things you may be spending a lot of time with on your business. It’s a great way to leverage your time.
We are also looking to broker specific domain names through auction marketplaces. If you have domains you want us to take a look at, feel free to contact us.
Is this something you implement in your business? We want to know! Leave us a comment below to share your thoughts!