Hire paid staff?

Keran

Community Member
Nov 25, 2019
Do you think that hiring paid staff is a good idea?

I think it is a good idea if you struggle to moderate the forum and can't recruit moderators from within. Also, if you can hire staff/moderators when you open a new forum this also can help with content posting and stack up quickly. But most important of all, you should get to know that person before giving any permissions.
 

ChrisGrigg

www.USHost247.com
Nov 19, 2019
Never a good idea for forums as its nothing but a money pit. The moment the cash flow stops, so does your content.
 

Esmee

Popular Member
Dec 8, 2019
The thing is that people won't be spending their free time on your forum for nothing. We are few days close in 2020. And everyone wants to have a good time and they need something in return. If you want some regular content on forum, then you have to spend money.
 

s3_gunzel

That's Numberwang!
Nov 20, 2019
aspergers.network
The thing is that people won't be spending their free time on your forum for nothing.
That’s ironic. I’m here in my free time. I’m not being paid to be here. Not everyone needs to be paid. And paying people to post is probably the worst thing you could do because there’s no time investment. They want to finish the job as quickly as they can so they can get more money from others.

Don’t pay for posts, children.

As to paying your staff, I’m fundamentally opposed to it for a community forum. Once you pay someone, they feel they’re above everyone else. It’s one of the reasons we do not hire team members externally. No I’m not paying you. You’re on our website because you want to be, and likewise, we ask you to moderate because you want to make the community of which you’re a part, a better place for everyone. Financial reimbursement is not necessary to meet this goal.
 

Esmee

Popular Member
Dec 8, 2019
That’s ironic. I’m here in my free time. I’m not being paid to be here. Not everyone needs to be paid. And paying people to post is probably the worst thing you could do because there’s no time investment. They want to finish the job as quickly as they can so they can get more money from others.

Don’t pay for posts, children.

As to paying your staff, I’m fundamentally opposed to it for a community forum. Once you pay someone, they feel they’re above everyone else. It’s one of the reasons we do not hire team members externally. No I’m not paying you. You’re on our website because you want to be, and likewise, we ask you to moderate because you want to make the community of which you’re a part, a better place for everyone. Financial reimbursement is not necessary to meet this goal.
I'd only listen to this advice if this person has big forum with high member numbers, regular activity and monetization. Otherwise there is no weight for this advice. I am doubtful of you ever achieving that feat so this advice does not makes sense to me. Nor to anyone who wish to use people for content for their blog or forum.
 
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s3_gunzel

That's Numberwang!
Nov 20, 2019
aspergers.network
I am doubtful of you ever achieving that feat so this advice does not makes sense to me.
Very good. Go waste money on the same generic crap you could easily post yourself. I’ve paid people to post before - many people - and they’ve all been hopeless so I stand by what I’m saying.
 
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Joelr

Community Member
Dec 19, 2019
Hiring staff can be valuable to take care of things that you can't do. That's literally the purpose of contractors and specialists. Just make sure you utilize them effectively, you manage them, you hold them accountable to discrete goals, and you get a worthwhile return on your investment.
 

Cardinal

Active Member
Nov 16, 2019
Hiring staff can be valuable to take care of things that you can't do. That's literally the purpose of contractors and specialists. Just make sure you utilize them effectively, you manage them, you hold them accountable to discrete goals, and you get a worthwhile return on your investment.
It depends on what kind of "staff" you're hiring. Developers and those alike I have (and currently) pay a monthly service on for them to continue develop features and maintain the overall software. Moderators and Admins, unless providing a service more than just "management" or moderation, should not be paid. Admins and Moderators should not be paid; they're promoted within the to better the community. Not to put the forum into a financial hardship when there are plenty of others that would love to better the community for free.
 

Joshua Farrell

Active Member
Nov 17, 2019
Well, it depends on if the forum or community (gaming, news, video hosts, etc), is set up to need monetary compensation of those who help it out. Generally speaking, most of your forums and communities do not need paid staff, but then you go into the realm of communities that are required to have it, based on the type of content that is on it, or if the environment needs extra care to monitor the bad stuff.

While I personally like to become invested first in a community, by being on it and contributing as a regular member, I do see the benefit of offering paid services, if required, to help give the extra edge.

Most of your communities that people are on, don't run like businesses, earning hundreds of thousands, if not millions; so if the small earners do hire out their moderation staff, it probably would be close to free, or peanuts on the dollar.
 

Alexander

Active Member
May 10, 2020
Hiring paid staff members is a bad idea unless you have a way to re-coup these costs through Adsense or Forum Sponsorships. At any time, any day. our financial situation could change and this is the moment that you risk losing your staff team. You risk too, members wanting to be part of the team solely so they can earn money. They're not interested in trying to make the forum successful, only themselves.
 

Ash

Active Member
Jul 30, 2019
I would never consider it as most of my projects are hobbies and not something I would want to throw a lot of money towards. But, if you are expecting them to do a lot of services, like packages, then it may be better to pay them.
 

Puppuccino

Whipped Cream
Apr 30, 2020
forumer.io
Unless you're running a business, I don't think you need / should pay staff on a forum. It's something you can do in your free time.

I wouldn't turn down a paid moderator gig, but the amount of forums that promise a paid role down the line "when it takes off" is quite large which says something about the future of the management and the forum itself.
 

Alexander

Active Member
May 10, 2020
Unless you're running a business, I don't think you need / should pay staff on a forum. It's something you can do in your free time.

I wouldn't turn down a paid moderator gig, but the amount of forums that promise a paid role down the line "when it takes off" is quite large which says something about the future of the management and the forum itself.
I completely agree with you. Although, this isn't to say management cannot offer non-financial incentives to members. There are many alternatives that webmasters can consider instead of spending money!
 

Spikey

Active Member
Jul 22, 2020
It all depends if you want to spend your money on your forum and on staff or not. It all depends if you have a budget and can afford it. If people want to invest in their forum that way then I see no problem with it.