Running a business full time can take it’s toll on you, especially if you’re flying solo. Having a blog on the side makes things even harder, because of the extra writing work you need to do. Long hours leads to stress, and too much stress can lead to a stroke. Everyone knows that it’s all downhill after the first one, so taking good care of yourself by avoiding stress should be priority number one.
Time to Outsource
There are heaps of options you can choose to get the help you need, from posting a job on Craigslist to going to job markets and forums. There’s also the ever reliable Facebook and LinkedIn to post your job to, and hopefully your network can respond immediately. Finally, you can tap into a deep talent pool of freelancers from across the globe through sites like Upwork, Elance and Guru.
These sites make it easier for both freelancers and employers to find each other online. Websites like Elance work by using a feedback system, where both the employers and freelancers are rated via feedback given to them by past hires or employers. It’s pretty straightforward and there’s usually some useful information attached to the feedback section for the benefit of other employers and freelancers.
If you’re budget is small and you need help fast, try hiring a freelancer through one of the sites mentioned above. There’s also Fiverr, where you can pay someone five bucks to make you just about anything.
Know the Basics
Being feedback based often leaves some talented freelancers at a disadvantage. Most freelancers, no matter how talented, are forced to accept low tier jobs just to get points on the board. If you find a freelancer with a glowing resume with references you can easily check, but has no feedback yet, give him/her a chance. You may have found the next superstar!
As great as the system is, it’s not without risks. For employers, it’s the risk of a freelancer not living up to expectations or one who is just plain unprofessional. Freelancers who give employers trouble don’t usually last long in the business, because freelancing sites have strict codes of conduct. Plus, the feedback system gives employers a window on what type of freelancer they have their sights on.
There are a LOT of Jobs and a lot of Freelancers
Almost all the jobs that allow you to work remote can be found through freelance job sites. Jobs that translate well into freelancing are the ones that don’t need any special hardware or software to be operational and successful. Examples are customer service representatives, tech support agents, virtual assistants, secretaries, writers, graphic designers and encoders, just to name a few.
Freelancing is not for everybody because industry specific freelancers are hard to come by. If you’re looking to find the best in class test automation services across functional testing engineer for your software company for example, you might want to look elsewhere because as talented as these freelancers are, test automation is critical and you can’t afford to lose time searching for the right talent and testing the waters.
There’s also the ever prevalent timezone issue. Not all talent is in North America, and either the freelancer or your company will have to adjust to make things work. Other known issues are miscommunication due to the language barrier, internet connection problems and not showing up for work without even a heads-up.
Despite a few hiccups here and there, freelancing remains one of the top sources of quality talent from around the world. Your next team could be an all-international one or you can get some home grown talent. Regardless of where you get help, the freelancers are here, ready to help and here to stay.