Overwhelmed With Time-Consuming HR Grunt Work That Drives You Crazy? Try This Instead.

By Alan Collins

Every HR pro I know is time strapped and overwhelmed with work.

This is especially true if you run an “HR Department of ONE.”

Or you’re stuck at home due to the pandemic and doing the job of two people.

Or you have little to no HR support staff.

Or if you have tons of unforgiving deadlines.

Or find yourself working weekends all the time.

Or you constantly carry around a massive to-do with lots of little things to do.

In these cases, life can feel overwhelming and stressful as hell trying to satisfy your boss, your clients, the people at home you care about — while still trying to get everything else done.

However, you do have some options.

You can always delegate your small stuff.    

But to who?  Other people are busy too.

Or you can outsource these little things.   

Outsourcing?  That’s costly, right?



There’s a cheap approach to outsourcing.

It’s called Fiverr.  And you can use it get some of your HR grunt work done for just $5.

Yep, you read that right…just five bucks.

Here’s the deal.  Fiverr is a gigantic marketplace that lets contractors and freelancers post the work they’re willing to do for $5.

On Fiverr, you can find talent that will do everything from writing your name in lip stick on their butt to designing a powerpoint presentation for you.  In fact, the things experts are willing to do are actually pretty fascinating.

I encourage you to go to their site at Fiverr.com and look around.   It is a goldmine if you need to get a lot of tedious HR tasks done and you don’t want to do them yourself.

It has more than a million active buyers, freelancers and contractors across 200 countries.

And it’s free for you to join.

In my own case, over the past year, I’ve used it heavily.  

I’ve outsourced lots of HR-related writing tasks, video-production, web design, logo design, powerpoint presentations and articles to contractors on Fiverr.  

Most of it cost me $5 per gig…but sometimes I’ve paid a little more (like $10 or $20) if the job was really complex and time-consuming.

What I’ve learned is using a contractor there is just like having an employee.   You have good ones and bad ones.

And you should make sure you communicate well with whoever you use.  In fact, the clearer you communicate with each other, the more likely you’ll both be satisfied with the outcome of the work you want done.

However, all in all, my experience has been extraordinary with Fiverr and I will be continuing to use the service.  

(Full disclosure: I have no business, marketing or advertising relationship with Fiverr at all, other than being a satisfied customer. So I gain nothing from Fiverr by sharing my experience in this article with you.)

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16 Cool HR Tasks You Can Outsource for just $5.00

So what are those mundane HR-related tasks that you can outsource to others from this cool website called Fiverr with an extra ‘r’? Below is a list:

Logos. There are a lot of talented individuals in Fiverr who can create a logo for your next HR project, presentation or program for just $5.00.

Marketing materials. Get flyers, postcards, or business cards done and have them sent to your business address…or your home (if you’re in the job market). Use it to design a flyer or brochure to promote that brand new HR program that you want to roll out to your clients for $5.00

Online marketing. You can also find someone to come up with online marketing approach using Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites.  How can you use this?  How about getting someone there to help you advertise  those tough-to fill job openings on social media that your clients are screaming at you to fill.

Videos. Creating short videos can be effective in adding spice to an offsite HR meeting or presentation. But it can eat up a lot of your time to get one done. You have to hunt down people who are willing to be recorded on video while saying things you want. Why not find someone in Fiverr who can do it for you for just $5?

Virtual assistants. You can have a virtual assistant for an hour to three hours for only $5. You can ask your virtual assistant to do anything for you—from researching an HR-related topic online, putting information online for you, making phone calls, providing data entry on Excel documents or replying to emails.

Business coaching. Some business experts also offer their services on Fiverr. You got it…for just $5. You can ask a veteran business owner to offer you business advice in an area outside of your HR expertise. If you’re just beginning anew project and want someone to run ideas by and be a sounding board, this can be a useful service.

Translation services. If you have global accountabilities and you need someone to translate an HR policy manual, business report or powerpoint presentation from English to Japanese, French, or some other foreign language? You can find a good translator from Fiverr instead of relying on Google translate that sometimes has a funny way of translating words and sentences. There are a multitude of translators offering this service on Fiverr for only $5.

Article writing. Need an article to publish on the company blog. Get a 500 word article on any subject for $5.00 – and use it as a rough draft that you can polish up. You do not really need Shakespeare to write articles for you. Shakespeare’s dead, anyway. You can just hire an article write from Fiverr for five bucks.

Music and audio. If you need original music or audio to infuse during breaks at your next HR quarterly meeting, orientation program or training session, you can hire someone from Fiverr to do it for you. Get someone to write and record an original 1 minute upbeat, motivational music track for…you guessed it… $5.00.

Cartoons, graphics and caricatures. Get someone to create these for you and add them to your presentations and projects…especially those you want to make more fun and interesting.

Photography and Photoshop.   A couple of days ago, I lazily paid $5 for someone to use Photoshop to clean up my existing LinkedIn headshot photo because I didn’t have time to get a new one made.  It took them 30 minutes.   Like me, you can hire someone to edit all kinds of existing pictures for you using Photoshop too.   Or, instead of using your smartphone or crappy digital camera to take pictures for your next project and presentation, you can hire someone do it for you using a professional camera.

Covers for reports or manuals. If you are writing HR-related reports, online policy manuals for different locations or short ebooks on specific HR topics, you can hire someone create a fantastic cover.

Web design. Web design is not for everyone. If you need a website or want to create your own blog to share your HR expertise, this task is offered by Fiverr users for website owners who need someone to design their pages for them.

Slide presentations. If you are going to need a slide presentation to deliver in front of your employees or clients, you can hire someone to do it for you.

Comments. Hire someone to write several comments about your HR-related product, service, or company on a review site or blog.

Fun and bizarre stuff. You can use your imagination here. From asking beautiful people from all over the world to take their photos while holding up signs with your company name on it or asking people to wear silly costumes of animals or cartoon characters and upload it in YouTube, Fiverr can provide it for you.

These are just a few ideas.  In many cases, you get what you pay for.  And obviously, this isn’t going to solve all your HR grunt work problems.

But, hey, every little bit helps.

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And for those menial tasks and simple to do items where you aren’t looking for 100% perfection, $5 is an inexpensive way to get this stuff off your to do list…

And more importantly, it can
free up you up to concentrate
on those things you do best!

And that’s what it’s all about.

So the next time you’ve got some important, little HR-related task you’d prefer not to do.  Do this instead…

Check out Fiverr.com.

You might find yourself being pleasantly surprised.


Feel to to click here to share your thoughts on this article or your experiences with Fiverr.


Want more strategies for getting beyond the GRUNT WORK to take your career in HR to the next level? Then check out:  UNWRITTEN HR RULES: 21 Strategies For Attaining Awesome Career Success in Human Resources.  You can get more details HERE.

About the author: Alan Collins is Founder of Success in HR and the author of a variety of best selling books for HR professionals  including UNWRITTEN HR RULES.   He was formerly Vice President – Human Resources at PepsiCo where he led HR initiatives for their Quaker Oats, Gatorade and Tropicana businesses.

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9 Responses to “Overwhelmed With Time-Consuming HR Grunt Work That Drives You Crazy? Try This Instead.”

  1. Cindy Zemke Says:

    You find the coolest things. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Peta Says:

    Thank you for posting this. I am a member of the Fiverr community and sometimes, persons don’t utilize the Fiverr community instead of doing it all on their own, when they can outsource it and use that time to work on another project

  3. Ayman Says:


    Thanks for sharing this, I’m sure that Fiverr will benefit me.

  4. Nagaraja Says:

    Wow! What an one stop solution for many of our requirements. Thanks Alan for sharing this. am registering to Fiverr right now!

  5. Vanessa Says:

    I will be using Fiverr. I have an account for my business, but never thought to use them in the many ways you mentioned.


  6. Lorinda Says:

    i winder if there is ‘Fiverr’ in the UK! It will make life so much easier!

  7. Alan Says:

    Most of the services are provided virtually, online or via email so I’m sure you can access them from the UK.

  8. Paul Says:

    Good one Alan – as always quality+

  9. Raelene Turner Says:

    Great idea for a consultant who doesn’t have admin support Alan. Had not heard of it. Will check it out. Thanks for sharing.