Small businesses can especially be strapped for time and cash. You need a logo designed, you need help with the accounting, or you need a few blog posts written right away so you can get them posted. Finding the people to get those things done can be time consuming, and it’s even harder to find someone who is willing to work with you and your tight budget. But, that whole process can be easier with virtual workers from Freelancer.com.
Freelancer.com is a global labor exchange market with over 2.8 million freelancers in 234 countries. Over 40 percent of the companies that post jobs come from the United States, with anywhere between 1600 and 2000 jobs posted daily. Small businesses can get everything from C++ programming to geolocation, from telemarketing to flash animation done with a virtual worker from Freelancer.com.
“Imagine what you could do with an infinite labor source,” said Matt Barrie, CEO of Freelancer.com. “Consider where you would want to take your business, and how things would things would change.”
On Freelancer.com, it is free for a company or small business to post a job. A job gets, on average, anywhere from 60 to 80 bids. Freelancer.com is built on a reputation system, where online workers have to do good work and receive good feedback in order to have a reputation. If a business is looking at hiring a virtual worker, the company has the opportunity to ask for previous samples, peruse feedback and the quality of work, and ensure that the best candidate is selected.
This whole process can happen in a matter of days, even hours. Instead of using Freelancer.com, a small business would have to ask for resumes, sort through them all and conduct interviews just to find the right person. This is not only time consuming, but it can also cost a lot of money, and it doesn’t provide the same insight that one can get through Freelancer.com. And unlike virtual workers, the traditional method does not open up the talent pool as wide as it could be.
“[Freelancer.com] is quicker than traditional methods,” Barrie said. “Look through all the projects to get ideas about costs and what’s possible.”
There’s a prevailing myth that sites like Freelancer.com and its competitors only provide work to those willing to do it for the cheapest. Barrie recommends that small businesses DO NOT simply choose the cheapest provider of the bunch.
“You’re shooting yourself in the foot,” he said. “Look at quality first, and look for someone that has gotten good feedback.”
Companies can also save money in setting up milestones for payment. This way, payment doesn’t have to happen until the work is completed, and the company is satisfied, or when specific progress has been made. So, there’s no worries about someone running off with the money, or of having to put a down payment on work that turns out to be mediocre.
“Outsourcing is about growing the business,” said Barrie said. “Business owners are inherently entrepreneurial. It’s about turning those ideas into reality.”