Busy business owners need to delegate some of their low payoff activities but hiring outsourcers and freelancers can be tricky and fraught with disappointment if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Fortunately, there is a proven, web-based platform that makes this super easy while greatly reducing the risk. Perhaps you have heard of ODesk or Elance over the past few years. These online companies built extensive databases of freelancers from all over the world willing to do work as needed but mostly focused on programming, design and support… basically, anything that could done on a computer.
About a year or so ago these two companies merged and now operate under the name of UpWork.com.
I know some folks don’t want to hire anyone outside their own country. That’s ok. You can easily specify what geographical areas you want to consider. So, if you only want to hire U.S. citizens then you can select that from the list of hiring criteria.
Are you on a tight budget and don’t have much money to work with? That’s ok, too. You can easily select what hourly rate or project rate you’re willing to pay to get the job done. This can really help you control your costs.
Are you nervous about paying someone and then not getting what you paid for? No worries. UpWork serves as a secure intermediary that holds your money in escrow and doesn’t release it until you say the job is done.
What if you don’t like working a particular freelancer? That’s easy, too. Simply close the contract, choose the reason why from the drop down list and click the big Close Contract button.
I’ve had great success in hiring virtual assistants at great rates who have helped me and my clients get important work done on time that we wouldn’t have been able to do ourselves. Be sure to give your new hire a small project to start with so you can test their skill and communications. Once you find a keeper, be sure to save them to your favorites list so you can easily re-hire them later.