Introducing Outsourcing Online - 8 Things You Should Know
Outsourcing has had a huge impact on individuals and companies in recent years. It has played a large role in changing the way people conduct their businesses. For example, it has challenged the traditional methods of employment and hiring, as well as providing another avenue for people to make money online, so the benefits are mutual for all parties involved.
Furthermore, online outsourcing has the potential to allow people from all over the world to take part in shaping businesses and projects. As more and more businesses and products are emerging as a result of this global effort, people are brought together, giving birth to new ideas and concepts that change lives. This is what outsourcing can offer.
1. What do we mean by outsourcing online?
First, let’s clarify the term “outsourcing.” When I refer to outsourcing, I am talking about online outsourcing as a solution for businesses and individuals, specifically referencing freelancers who offer services to buyers who employ them virtually.
These freelancers typically operate through freelance websites such as Upwork, Guru, and Freelancer.com, but can also be found in other communities. Online outsourcing is cost effective, time efficient, and can offer a wider variety of professions and skills to you and your business that may not be available locally.
Check the 8 things you should know before outsourcing, its a solution for businesses and individuals online?
However, using online outsourcing as a tool is not always easy, and many people get lost in the process of trying to obtain the benefits that outsourcing can offer. They often seek work in all the wrong places, fail to manage their freelancers properly, or waste too much time on unprofessional or untalented freelancers.
2. The benefits of working with online freelancers
You will discover what you can gain from working with these types of professionals, including the seven types of freelancers and the tasks that they perform, so that you will gain the practical knowledge you need to know to always be prepared for the work ahead, how to plan your projects, pay your freelancers, and manage your costs.
The Outsource That business library of professional books will help you navigate the online outsourcing process at every stage and for every category of work needed. Whether you need someone to design your business logo, balance your budget, or answer your phone calls, this series has you covered.
3. The Outsourcing Tool
Online outsourcing as a tool has only been made accessible and popular in relatively recent years. Before the wide scale availability of the internet in the early 1990s, people did not have the opportunity to offer their services from home or from any remote location, and on the same note, businesses were not able to hire experts from abroad or any outside location without difficulty.
Now, with the help of the internet, professionals are able to do just about any job from any location in the world. In addition, people no longer require traditional PC’s to carry out their work – they can conduct their business from a variety of devices, such as tablets, e-readers, and even mobile phones.
From a productivity perspective, online outsourcing has proved to be one of the most profitable tools for business owners.
The Outsource That library of professional books will help navigate the online outsourcing process at every stage.
4. The availability of freelance websites
Freelance marketplaces such as Upwork, Guru, and Freelancer.com have provided some of the best services and harbor some of the most talented freelancers available, and the quality, reputations, and work force behind these sites is increasing every single day.
Professionals of all backgrounds can be found on these websites, including Ivy League graduates, seasoned and experienced workers, and fresh, innovative thinkers. Any type of person that you desire to help you with your business or projects can be found on these freelance platforms - you just have to know how to attract the right team.
5. Trusting the unknown
Despite these benefits, you may still be wondering why you should consider outsourcing when you have full time staff available to you, or when you have local professionals and resources at your disposal. However, relying solely on your full time staff and local connections may actually be limiting your resources and potential growth of your business.
Many business owners are already fully aware that it is often necessary to bring in outside talent to generate new ideas so that their businesses can expand in new directions. They understand that these opportunities and skills are introduced to their full time workers and integrated into their companies periodically for continued growth.
Here is a little known secret: this is exactly how cutting edge businesses stay one step ahead – by being open to new ideas and working with a wide variety of outside professionals. In other words, they know how to break out of their comfort zones without taking risks that are too great.
6. The online freelancer
So, who is the online freelancer that you are bringing into your virtual workplace and sharing your information with? Online freelancers are professionals who work from home or a private office, remotely connected to their contracted employers through the internet.
Many people feel uncomfortable with the idea of trusting someone they have just met online, believing that this person may have ulterior motives and no real interest in doing the job that they were hired to do. The biggest difficulty, however, may lie in discerning whether the person you are hiring is a professional with skills and experience, or someone who doesn’t really know what they are doing.
There are key signs and characteristics that separate the real professionals from the fakes, which will be discussed in a later chapter.
This is how cutting edge businesses stay one step ahead, by being open to new ideas & working with outsourced pro's.
7. Ease of hiring freelancers
There are many situations where being familiar with online outsourcing can come in handy. For instance, think about the times when you could have really used some extra help but were reluctant to take on a new employee for a short-term position. The time invested in the recruiting and interview process and the paperwork involved in hiring a new employee is just not worth the effort for the short time that the extra help is needed.
Online freelancers, on the other hand, are trained for such situations and would happily help you with your soon-to-end projects, which may even have fast approaching deadlines. With the right tools and knowledge, you can easily find a freelancer who is experienced in your field and possesses the skills and/or availability that you need.
The hiring process when dealing with freelancers is typically much quicker than finding and hiring professionals locally, especially when you are equipped with the knowledge and training to navigate freelance marketplaces. Furthermore, most people you interview locally may be looking for full-time opportunities, while freelancers are accustomed to and prepared for taking on temporary projects.
8. Access to cost effective services
Another situation where online outsourcing would benefit you is when you are in need of a service but are working with a low budget. Your business budget may not be able to accommodate paying a company for certain services, but freelancers often work for significantly low rates.
Even experienced, quality workers will often charge less because of the competitive market that they work in and because they do not have to worry about paying for office space or other costly business expenses. Therefore, having experience and familiarity with online freelance marketplaces will help you when the need for cost effective-assistance arises.
Hiring online freelancers is faster than hiring pro's locally, especially when you have access to freelance websites
Even when reserved for emergency situations, knowing how to locate and work with online freelancers is an essential tool that many business owners are starting to pay more attention to and take advantage of. However, utilizing this tool can be extremely beneficial when used regularly, and in the following posts we will show you how you can use online outsourcing to your advantage as an everyday business practice.
We hope that this overview has piqued your interest for considering whether online outsourcing is right for you. If you're ready for the next step, check out our books and the many online outsourcing websites to explore how freelancers can help.
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