I selected Flocksy because they advertise more than just design. Their list of services includes:
- PowerPoint Design
- Banner Ad Design
- Email Template Design
- Landing Page Design
- Copywriting Services
- And Website Development
There's a lot there that I can get them to do. I just have to be disciplined and make sure there is always one job in the queue for them.
I signed up a few days ago, and already received the first graphic image back from them. The promise was a less than 24 hour turnaround time, and it took around that. I was happy with the output, and already used the design on my Facebook group. They're starting on the second project.
Coming up with design projects was harder than I thought.
Before signing up, I made a list of 10 things that I could get them to do. That didn't seem to hard. My website, my YouTube channel, my Facebook pages and groups, my Twitter feed…. Get all my social media profiles in a nice, consistent, branded spot.
From there, I could direct them to my blog posts, making “quotes” graphics that I can share, and content for my courses.
But actually sitting down and writing that stuff up was hard. It would take me 30 minutes to really write out what I would like to see in a Facebook header. But I could have spent that time creating myself a new Facebook header. Do I have to spent 2-3 hours per week now coming up with tasks for my graphic designer? I guess I do.
That's the thing with outsourcing I guess. It's not invisible. You hire an expert to do something, but you have to have a vision, a strategy, and guide them.
In the end, do you become only thinking about strategy and not actually creating things in your business? If you follow this to it's logical conclusion?
We'll see. My wish is for me to get consistent at creating content, pass it off to my designer, and then they make it look great. Better than I can make it look.
So perhaps I have to first worry about being good at creating content.
OK, back to Flocksy.
Initial experience was pretty good. Sign up was easy. Their system for creating projects is not perfect but I managed to create a few. Let's see the work. It all depends on the work.
But the onboarding process has been nonexistent so far. No emails telling me how to get started. Their UI is very empty. I just had to start creating projects to see how it went.
They have like a 10-step process for creating work. Give it a title, give it a description, what do you want to see, what do you not want to see, what colors do you like, what other websites or graphics do you like that are similar, etc.
So my first impression was that it was a lot of work to create a project. Let's hope it gets easier. 🙂