So you have an idea for a good business, but you don’t have an immense budget to employ a number of people around the clock to solve your problem. You prefer flat fees, you say? A freelancer might be the answer to your dilemma.
Today, a higher amount of people are freelancing than ever before and they’re all jumping up and down for a job. Many of them are very skilled people who became freelancers as the result of the recent mass corporate migration from hiring employees to paying flat fees for work.
It’s a common misconception to believe that freelancers can only provide you with web programming and content. There are several freelancing organizations that provide accounting services, graphic design, collaboration, management and personal assistance & secretarial services. Looking for a freelancer only when in need of web development or content production is like looking for a Swiss Army knife just for the nail clipper. You’re not tapping into the actual beauty of freelancing!
Matt Barrie, the CEO of Freelancer.Com – a highly successful platform that helps businesses reach freelancers around the world – tells us that “going online is indeed the way to succeed for small businesses in America and around the world. But beyond creating a website or putting up your own Facebook page, the Internet allows you to start your own company easier and cheaper than ever before. With a spark of an idea, you can talk to manufacturers in China, program developers in the Philippines, or marketing consultants from Italy—and build your business using only your credit card! Online platforms like Freelancer.com bring together amazing minds to a virtual realm where people can exchange ideas and help each other. Thanks to Freelancer.com, this global system effortlessly trickles down to the local level— to the small business owners who once thought that outsourcing processes entailed a lot of money and effort.”
Aside from Freelancer.Com, there are other great sites where you can find freelancing professionals, even with centralized work room access! Elance.Com offers everything we just mentioned, and so does Guru.Com. Both of these websites are two of the biggest “must haves” on every business owner’s bookmark list. oDesk is also a good platform as well, offering you a full collaboration sweet similar to Elance’s. However, it’s not as powerful as the other two we’ve mentioned, but the freelancers in the oDesk community often offer very fair prices for the work you want to complete.
As with any hiring you do, you want to make sure that you check on a freelancers skills and abilities before hiring, as all are not created equal. A good freelancer will be more than happy to provide work examples and even references. Additionally, you often get what you pay for when hiring a freelancer, just as when hiring an employee, so be aware of the rate that you are paying, as the lowest is not always going to be the best.
Today is the future of business. Go out there and get yourself a freelancer. You can literally run an entire business from the Web and you don’t even know it ’till you try it!