Microservice websites can be incredibly powerful tools when used properly. They can allow you to get traditionally very expensive tasks done for pennies on the dollar. That said, you still need to be very deliberate about how you use microservice sites to get the best bang for your buck.
Here are a few tips for getting the most out of microservice sites.
==> Hire Several People for One Task
Let’s say you need someone to get a logo done. Don’t just go and hire one outsourcer to do it for you. Hire four.
If each design only costs you $5, hiring a few different designs will make it much more likely that you find a design you really like.
Once you have a design you like, you can then hire a few more outsourcers to put finishing touches on it and really make it pop.
==> Provide Very, Very Clear Descriptions
Always give crystal clear directions. Continuing with our logo example, you’d want to give your outsourcer:
* The website it’s for
* The vibe you want
* Any color specifications
* Text you do or don’t want on the logo
* Basic thoughts about the logo
* Vector or raster format specifications
Don’t assume that your outsourcer will know anything about your business or what you want. You have to tell them everything you need explicitly.
==> Don’t Assume It Can’t Be Done
People often underestimate the power of microservice sites and often overestimate how much people need to get paid in order to perform a service.
There are all kinds of extremely specialized skills you can get access to through microservice sites. 3D modeling and animation. Special effects. Graphic design. Website security. Video editing. So on and so forth.
In the normal world, many of these professions charge $50 to $200 an hour. But in the microservice world, they’re available to you for just $5.
==> Form Relationships with Providers
People often approach microservice sites with a one-time deal mentality. This works if you really only need a gig once. If you’re going to need the same service again and again, however, it really pays to build a relationship with the service provider.
For instance, if you run a website and regularly need someone to proofread things for you, then build a relationship with a proofreader. Compliment them on their work and let them know you want to work with them in the future. Build a two-way communication channel and engender loyalty.
Don’t treat microservice site services as disposable or less valuable. There are thousands of incredibly talented providers from all around the world, ready to help you in whatever tasks your business needs. Read the reviews before buying, work with people who have a good reputation and build a relationship with providers who do a good job.