When you first start a business, you will quickly find that you can no longer cope with the workload as your business begins to expand. At this point, you have two options; you can hire someone to help you, or you can hire a freelancer to take on some of the work.
To hire an additional, full-time employer, you have contracts, paperwork and additional costs. Acquiring a freelancer can be more cost-effective, save you time, and you only have to use their services when the time asks for them. If you are considering adding a freelancer to your team, this is how you should go about it.
Where to look?
Hiring a freelancer is not as easy as it might sound, as you still have to interview them to some extent; ensuring they are the right person for the job and understands the tasks at hand. The two biggest freelancing sites are Upwork and People per Hour, who between them, have a huge number of freelancers with all manner of talents, ranging from content copywriters and graphic designers, to admin and accountants.
With these sites, you will need to set up and advert. Freelancers will then bid on the job you have set up. You can then review the application, pick a few to chat to, and find out more about them.
Hopefully, the potential candidates will have attached examples of their work for you to look through and consider. Although it can be a good indication of their ability, don’t take it as absolute proof. Some people may not perform how you expect them to.
A few extra qualms you should consider are language barriers, whether their time zone aligns with yours, and if they are willing to stick to deadlines regarding these problems.
Although they may be cheap to hire, you do not want to hire someone for that reason alone. They may be cheap because they have a poor track record, and they might also not have the level of experience you need, so you will have to be willing to coach them.
How will you liaise with your new found freelancer? Applications such as Skype and Hangouts are useful for conferencing, but you need to decide how the work will be viewed and completed.
If you do not already have one, you can set up with a host to upload all your documents to the cloud. You can then get access to a virtual desktop that both you and your freelancer can use wherever you are. Migration costs to the cloud can be non-existent.
It is by far the easiest way to conduct business and share documents, plus they can access your emails and arrange diary entries if they are hired for admin tasks. There are companies such as Umbee Hosting who offer such services; for more information on hosted desktops, read their product descriptions and what they have to offer.
Using freelancers to help with your business is a great way to save money but still get the work completed the way you want it to be. If you are using a freelance website, make sure you read all the rules and guidelines beforehand, so you know the process.