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 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).  

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:

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.

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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11 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. Jayne Kangwa Says:

    Alan, I really appreciate your sharing this. Will check it out.

  3. 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

  4. Ayman Says:


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

  5. Nagaraja Says:

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

  6. 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.


  7. Lorinda Says:

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

  8. Alan Says:

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

  9. Paul Says:

    Good one Alan – as always quality+

  10. Josephine Winfrey Says:

    Great info!

  11. 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.