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Top 6 Reasons You Shouldn’t Wait to Start Using a Freelance Marketplace

Top 6 Reasons You Shouldn’t Wait to Start Using a Freelance Marketplace

Top 6 Reasons You Shouldn’t Wait to Start Using a Freelance Marketplace

What better reason could there be for why you shouldn’t wait to start using a freelance marketplace except that Upwork has just recently published a press release on the 20 fastest-growing skills for freelancers in Q3 2017.

Think about this: More than one in three workers – reportedly 53 million Americans are now freelancers. That means that regardless of whether you are a Small- to Medium-sized Business (SMB) or a Fortune 500 corporation, you have ready access to independent contractors with a shipload of skills and talent who are looking for freelance jobs online.

There are many reasons that companies are beginning to look at the benefits of using a freelance marketplace for outsourcing needs. Let’s look at the top 6 reasons:

Save money

Using freelance marketplaces is a way for companies to save on expenses like wages, overtime, benefits, space and more.

Hire teams quickly

When hiring teams or individuals from a freelance marketplace, you have wide diversity in the number of freelance profiles, portfolios and feedback that you can review to ensure you are making a wise choice.

The number of categories and sub-categories from which you can choose freelancers from are wide and varied. There are categories like IT, Web, Mobile, Design & Multimedia, Office & Administrative, Project Management and many more.

Enjoy flexibility with scaling up or down

SMBs and Fortune 500s can now enjoy the flexibility of adding or lessening the amount of people needed to work on projects or jobs as dictated by client and customer demand. Look at your major holidays where you will need extra manpower (especially Thanksgiving, Christmas and marketing campaigns). Add and subtract independent contractors easily and quickly – even right now!

Hire the right person for the right job

Using the freelance marketplaces allow companies to get the right talent – globally. Sometimes it’s possible that a company may need a talent or skill that is difficult to find within the local market or geographical region. With the large numbers of skilled workers in the marketplace, companies are much more apt to find just who they need for the job.

Get projects completed on time and efficiently

Managers can decide on when they want a project completed. They can set up the project with one deadline date or multiple milestone dates. They can also require status reports to be kept abreast of the freelancer’s progress. In addition, the major freelance marketplaces usually provide robust reporting for review.

Have flexible payment methods

Freelance marketplaces do their best to provide the employer (or buyer) a safe platform during hiring, working and paying. Some of them like Upwork or Guru take this one extra step by providing an escrow system. This helps ensure that the employer only pays for work done that has been received – and approved. In addition, many places have timers that ensures the employer only pays for time worked.

So act now. Don’t wait any longer to start using a freelance marketplace to complement your existing staff. You won’t regret it.
Pam Lokker is a skillful writer and proficient virtual assistant. Borlok Virtual Assistants is the place to get global expert Virtual Assistant services with quality and on-time delivery.

Revised 12/23/2017
What Are Five Key Things a Company Should Look For When Hiring a Freelancer Writer

What Are Five Key Things a Company Should Look For When Hiring a Freelancer Writer

What Are Five Key Things a Company Should Look For When Hiring a Freelancer Writer

If the time has come for your small business to outsource, there are five key things a company should look for when hiring a freelance writer. First of all, let me explain what a freelancer is.

According to Wikipedia, “A freelancer, freelance worker, or freelance is a person who is self-employed and is not committed to a particular employer long-term.” Another term that is sometimes used interchangeably with freelancer is independent contractor.  You can usually find good freelancers through freelance marketplaces like elance.com or odesk.com, as well as other places.

The freelance industry has changed a lot in the past few years. The types of jobs have become much more versatile with independent contractors being accomplished web developers, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) experts, freelance writers, software developers, administrative support personnel, and many more. Just recently I discovered this statement in Forbes, “The freelance economy is the future of work. At least, that’s how the labor market sees it. An estimated one in three Americans—or 42 million people—is a freelancer.” (2/11/2014, Why the New Freelance Economy is Great For Your Small Business”)

That means there are a lot of skilled workers out there, but you do need to be careful to do your research. So let’s take a look at those five key things I mentioned earlier that will increase your chances of finding a freelancer that you will be happy with.

  1. Experience as a freelancer – I highly recommend that in your search for a person that will work with your company as a new hire, that you establish in your interview just how long they have been an independent contractor. Especially on the freelance marketplaces, there are loads of individuals claiming to be a freelancer but they are brand new at it. No, I’m not saying that you can’t hire a newbie freelance writer, but I am saying that you will have greater success with someone that has been a freelancer for a while.
  2. Experience in his or her field – An experienced writer that has been freelancing for a given amount of time will have knowledge that newbies won’t have – knowledge, for example, for the best way to research on the Internet, what the best sites are to use for reports, and more. Just as in a full time or part-time job, how much history does the writer have to support that experience? Have they been writing for their own or other business owners’ websites or blogs? Does the individual have samples that can be shown to you?
  3. Skill proficiency – Before going to the interview with the freelance writer or copy editor, you should have a good idea of the types of skills the potential new hire will need to fulfill the job requirements. Has there been any effort to continue education in the writing field? Does the writer have any certifications?
  4. Is the individual dependable? This one might be a little difficult to gauge, but you can do it. Here are a couple of ideas. Does the individual have references on company letterhead? If through a freelance marketplace, has the freelance writer received positive feedback, negative feedback or no feedback at all? Does the feedback show that an individual provides excellent service and on-time delivery?
  5. Does the freelance writer charge reasonable rates? – Well, first of all, do you know what reasonable is? Are the rates charged hourly, per piece or bundled at a fixed price. Once you uncover that information, you can then do your homework and find out what the going rates are for your location. How is the quality of the content? If the content is first-rate, then the individual may charge a little more. But, you’re not going to want to pay an unreasonable rate if the content is full of spelling, grammar or punctuation errors.

This list of five key things that a company should look for when hiring a freelance writer is by no means a complete list. There are other things to consider such as is the individual a team player, is he or she an excellent communicator, does the individual provide excellent customer service (Yes this is important; after all, you are their customer). But if you keep the above in mind, you should be well on your way to getting a great freelance writer.

About the author: Pam Lokker is a skillful writer and proficient virtual assistant. Borlok Virtual Assistants is the place to get global expert Virtual Assistant services with quality and on-time delivery.

Get Good Help Through Outsourcing

Get Good Help Through Outsourcing

You need extra help during the holidays for your marketing ventures and you need it fast. You’ve heard that outsource through a freelance marketing site is a good way to go, but you wonder if it is possible to get good help through outsourcing.Nowadays, businesses need help both prior to and during the upcoming holidays. Is there an economical way to pick up some extra help without stretching the budget to the breaking point?

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