How To Find And Hire FREELANCERS

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Welcome to the ten minute MBA.I'm your host, Scott D clary. On the ten minute Mba I teachyou tools, strategies, tactics and insights that you can use to start,scale, grow or ten extra business. Today I'm going to be teaching youhow to effectively outsource, what it is and where to go to find freelancers, part time workers, hourly workers that you can use for a variety oftasks. But first let's just speak about freelancing outsourcing. I've used almost I'mtrying to think now, in my my last company, when I first joined, outside of the CEO and the CTO and maybe a few, maybe afew other individuals in the company, I would say about fifty percent of thecompany was outsourced and I was able to take that company as able to growthat company and actually eventually exit that company and we were acquired and we didthat with about fifty percent of our team...

...being part time or freelanced or evenfull time, but just outsourced. So whenever you're starting a business, you'relaunching a project, you're starting a side hustle. It could be your firstproduct you've ever taken the market, it could be a new project within awell established company. Hiring a freelancer maybe a new experience for you, butit is one of the best ways to bring specialists expertise to your group orto your company, especially if that expertise is not needed long term. Orperhaps you don't even know where to go to look for that expertise. You'venever hired somebody like this and you need some help finding talent that is vetted, that you know is going to work out, or at least there's goingto be a better chance of it working out. So this is why Ialways suggest that you look to freelancing platforms or contract platforms. Basically, whatthese are freelancers. Let's just use the term freelancers. Freelancers are often veryflexible, very cost effective, but it...

...can be difficult how to find theright match for your project. So hopefully this will give you a little bitof insight. But first let's define a few things. So freelancers are selfemployed individuals who are hired by clients to provide specific services, usually on shortterm contract basis. The most popular areas for freelance work would be software andweb development, writing, copywriting, teaching, tutoring, graphic design, sales,and marketing, virtual assistance and administration. These are just some of the thingsthat you can hire a freelancer for, but effectively you could hire a freelancerfor absolutely anything. And when you hire a freelancer you're going to besaving a little bit of money because you're not going to be paying for employeebenefits, tack pension and potentially office space supplies, usually because they already havethis set up for themselves. Of course they're not on your full time payroll. They're easy to replace if they aren't a right fit. There's a lotof expenses associated with hiring somebody and if...

...you hire somebody they're not a goodfit, then it's very expensive to replace them. So freelancers can scale upand and if they don't work out, they're not full time, they offerhigh quality of work all the time. Their rating and their future customers requirethem to give it their all, because there's usually feedback mechanisms that are builtinto the market places that you can go to to get freelancers. So ifthey do not deliver or if they over advertise their skill sets, then there'sa good chance that their future potential work may be severely impacted. If theperson who hires them gives them a negative rating. So you generally, afterreviewing the reviews and you review their ratings on some of these platforms that I'llspeak about, you generally have a good idea of what you're getting yourself into. Another thing is that these freelancers usually are global, meaning that they don'thave to come to the office, so you can access the best person forthe job regardless of the physical location. Also, you can scale up andscale down, meaning you only hire them...

...when you need them. You aren'tpaying people all the time, regardless of the amount of work. And alsoif, for example, perhaps you do have talent on your team, butthere's a very specific or diverse task that you need to have taken care ofand the people that have been working on your team for the past ten orfifteen or twenty years don't have that particular skill set, instead of hiring fulltime, perhaps you can hire part time and you can hire a freelancer toadd that very specific or diverse skill set that your team doesn't have. Nowthere's also several cons you have to be aware of when you're hiring a freelancer. So they may not be available immediately or they may not have the amountof time that you require to commit to the project if they have multiple contractsongoing. They don't have as much knowledge of the company, your product,your workflow, your customers that a long term employee would have. They're definitelynot as committed because this is a transactional agreement. There's a there's a dollarvalue attached their time, so they may...

...choose another client over you if they'reoffered better terms. They're not working for free, even though you know youremploy shouldn't be either, but they're not going to put in extra time toget things done. It's really it's very, very black and white, transactional andalso it's hard to really build a true rapport with somebody quickly, mostlybecause you're hiring these people virtually or you're hiring them remote and you don't seethem in person. So of course this is more normal now and we're gettingbetter at interacting virtually now in building rapport now and hiring virtually now, butstill it's not as good as it could be if it was in person.But I will alway always say that outsourcing is ideal if you're a small company, if you need a position filled for a short period of time. Ifyou need a person with a specific skill set or specific experience, you willfind some incredible people that like to commit to recurring work with their clients.You can build a professional relationship with a freelancer. You can teach the moreabout your company over time. And it's actually happened, and this is notso unnormal, that you actually end up...

...hiring that person once they fill therole for a period of time and you start to really Mesh and you startto understand how each other works and you realize that person's a good fit andyou just hire them full time. So, now that you know what a freelanceris and the benefits and potentially some of the things you should think aboutif you're going to be hiring a freelancer, you have to know where to go. So how do you connect with freelancers? And Right now, themost popular way to hire freelancers is with online platforms. All of the onlineplatforms that I'm about to speak about allow you to post jobs so the freelancerscan see and apply for these jobs. You can also browse freelancer profiles andcontact any that you might think would be a good fit for the position.There are some platforms that cater to just every single potential job opportunity under thesun, but there are also some the cater two more specific kinds of freelancers. For example, zertual provides virtual assistants, and sites like ninety nine designs,design hill design contest provide graphic designers. But let me go through some ofthe larger and more popular freelance platforms...

...that can give you access to avariety of different freelancers a variety of different skill sets. Many of these platformsthat I'm going to speak Abo also use scrow, meaning that your client,like you, the client, their money is saved on the site when youstart contacting the freelancers, start the contract off and it's only released when thework is completed. This means that you have a extra added layer of securityand you don't have to worry about that trust in somebody screwing you over whenyou're working with unknown clients, because you don't have to worry about the freelancerrunning off with your money and the freelancer doesn't have to worry about whether ornot there's a question marcus to whether you're going to pay them at the endof the job. So it works for both parties. So the most popular, one of the most popular one that I use personally quite often is upwork. It is a brand name in freelancing platforms. Has About one point fivemillion users and it includes every single job type that a you could possibly lookfor that a freelancer could be used for.

Freelancers are verified by UPWORK administration andthey're reviewed by every client after completing every single job, so you canread the reviews before hiring them. When you post a job on UPWORK,you can post how much you're willing to pay, the expected amount of thejob, the expected time the job will take, the level of experience thatyou would like the freelancer that you could potentially hire two have and the moneythat you pay is put into escrow in the contract begins and is release tothe freelancer once you confirm the work is complete and once the freelancer confirms thework is complete. This ensures that both you, the client, and thefreelancer are protected. Another site is people per hour. People P are ouris mostly aimed at web projects, but anything can technically be advertised. Thismeans there are some marketing and software developer freelancers on this site, but youwill also be able to fill a writing or graphic design position. Freelancers mustpay to use people per hours once they have sent fifteen proposals to client,which means that there are fewer users on...

...the platform, but the ones thatare on are serious about using the platform because they're actually paying to be there. Guru is another platform. It's a company that has grown immensely in thepast ten years. I think there's more than one million jobs completed on theplatform Gurus. Freelancers can upload a portfolio of their work for potential clients sothat you can examine the porfolio before hiring them. Freelancers can see how mucha client has spent through the site before working with them to see if theyare viable and how much they can expect to earn. Guru is very,very similar to UPWORK, and it's in its inclusion of portfolios and client reviews. And then the last, the last site that I've used personally is toptowel. Top towel does not cater to all freelance areas. It focuses onweb developers, designers and finance experts. Top twel is exclusive when it comesto free lancers. The site only employs and basically people who have passed avery extensive screening process. They want to have a higher level of freelancer.It boasts that it only accepts three percent...

...of the freelancers that apply to thesite, which means that you could expect to pay a little bit more,but you may get a little bit more quality. And the last site thatI have not personally used, but I did a little bit of research forit, is actually called freelancer. So freelancer allows freelancers to browse and applyfor jobs according to their skill level. There are also hourly and long termcontracts, similar to what you can do on upwork or top towel or guru. Freelancer offers contests where a client posted job with a money prize and thefreelancers bid on the project with their submissions. This style means that the freelancer mustput in a little bit more work for jobs that they may not get, but it also allows potential employee employerscuse me, to see exactly what they'repaying for. So after you've decided, there's a few sites that I justmention. After decide which site to use, take some time to browse other jobsbefore posting your own. So what job details are clients mentioning up front? Are they offering our hourly or flat rates? It can also be usefulto browse freelancers profiles to see what you...

...can expect from other people who applyfor your position. So freelance profiles will also give you a good idea ofhow much is considered a reasonable rate of pay. If you aren't your exactlyhow long a project will take, at least give an estimate. Freelancers willbe organizing other jobs to begin working with you and they'll be organizing other jobsto begin after working with you. So it's unfair to expect them to actas though they only work for you, and just keep that in mind whenyou're thinking about why you're using a freelancer. It shouldn't just be to find somebodywho you can get rid of at any point. The goal should beto set up a fair and proper project. You can scale up as needed,but set the expectations up front so that you again, like any personyou're ever working with. You have good communication, you're transparent, you're honestand you build that good working relationship from the get go. anyways, theseare some of the benefits and places to find freelancers, just to get yourmind thinking about how you can really scale a new project, a new business, a side hustle. I would highly...

...recommend that if you are building somethingand you have not used freelancers yet for some portion of your project, youstart to look into using freelancers because it can be a very cost effective,resource effective and time effective way to scale your business. Anyways, I hopethat helps. If you have any business questions at all, don't worry,I got you. This has been another ten minute MBA. That's it fortonight. I'll see you tomorrow. It's it for tonight. I'll see youtomorrow. It's different.

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