Outsourcing can be synonymous for big businesses passing the jobs to other countries, but outsourcing can also be done by small business owners like you. If you have a small job that requires just a few hours to complete, you can outsource the job. Youâ€™ll save yourself the trouble of actually doing it plus youâ€™ll do it cheaper depending on the employee that you will get.
Here are the top websites where you can look for freelance workers:
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â www.odesk.com
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â www.guru.com
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â www.freelancer.com
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â www.vworker.com
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â www.elance.com
Before you start making your first hire, here are some tips for outsourcing work.
Look for the Right Person
Yes, in the long run, youâ€™ll save yourself both time and money, but for starters, be willing to look for that right employee. Although hiring may seem easy, having that perfect freelance person to work you can be a time consuming task. Spend time on researching about that person by reading portfolios, reviews, and any material that can help you to choose and decide.
Choose What to Outsource
There are jobs that are good for freelance workers like web design, article writing, data entry, and email management, so outsource those. Some jobs on the other hand are best done by people that you get to see every day. A good tip is to outsource work that seems to be on the outer side of your company, if itâ€™s the core, it will be better if someone in your team does it.
Be Clear on Your Job Description
This is to avoid confusion between the two parties. List all the things that you want done and categorize them for each prospective freelance. For example, email management can be done by a person who can enter data. A writer can copy-write, proof read, and edit. Also, you should be clear on the amount of money and time you are willing to spend on the project.
Interview and Conduct a Test Job
Yes itâ€™s online work, but it doesnâ€™t mean that you can skip the interview part. Donâ€™t worry, most freelance workers expect that thereâ€™s going to be an interview. Since itâ€™s freelance, you can be more casual and keep the interview shorter than normal. The test job is a little bit unwelcomed by freelancers but itâ€™s not unheard of. Just keep the test very short and not too taxing. Enough just to gauge what you are looking for in an employee but not that long to be considered as hard work.
If you havenâ€™t tried hiring freelance workers, then youâ€™re might be in for a surprise. The amount of money that you can save is really a revelation and more and more small business owners are opting out for this option. Give it a try!