There comes a time at every growing website when the workload becomes overwhelming. When you’re staying up late, working on weekends, and realize you haven’t taken a proper vacation in months (years?). This is generally when the website owner starts thinking about solutions.
Nowadays you can find online outsourcers for any job you need to get done. Many outsourcing websites offer services to either allow you to list jobs or connect with professionals in your industry.
Since you already know what services you’re looking for, the next step is to find the hiring platform to provide you with the best people.
1. Why should you outsource?
These days, technology is at our fingertips, and we can hire professionals from anywhere in the world.
Outsourcing is a great way to help your business as it progresses through its various growth stages.
Some of the largest companies in the world outsource some of the work they do.
To maintain steady growth and productivity, you should find a happy balance of in-house employees and outsourced resources.
The main reasons most business owners outsource are:
1.1 To free up time
If you are currently the only person working within your business, all the responsibility is on you. This means youʼre doing every mundane and repetitive job, as well as the major tasks needed to move your business forward.
When youʼre not distracted by dealing with basic admin or social media updates, youʼre free to concentrate on the things that youʼre good at and those that drive profit for your business.
If youʼre an expert in creating or sourcing new digital products for your business, then focus on that. Outsourcing allows you to stay in your genius zone by eliminating distractions and using your strengths to scale your business.
1.3 Lack of knowledge
Letʼs face it. While you have many talents as an entrepreneur, you canʼt be good at everything. If you need specialized services like graphic design and you canʼt do this to the level you desire, then outsourcing that task is an ideal solution.
1.4 Time and Cost efficiencies
Iʼve found that outsourcing various jobs has several benefits.
Firstly, what is your time worth? If you earn $75.00 per hour from one of your core activities, then paying someone $25.00 an hour to take a time-consuming and repetitive task off your desk makes good sense. In addition, some jobs will be done better or faster than you could do them yourself.
Finally, outsourcing offers you a means to start new projects quickly when you donʼt have the in-house resource available. This means you can act like a big business even when youʼre starting. Accessing people or teams to help you scale faster and stay ahead of your competition is a significant benefit.
2. What tasks should you outsource?
Almost everything in your online business has the potential to be outsourced. There are certain areas of your business that I recommend you always hold close.
These are your core competencies, the things that are unique to you and your business.
Do you have a particular process that is innovative or specific technical knowledge that sets you apart from your competition?
If so, then these are a fundamental part of your value proposition, and you should retain control of them to maintain your advantage.
My recommendation is to outsource those jobs that:
- Are a specialized skill – such as website development and graphic design.
- Are repetitive and easily duplicated – social media management and many types of research
- Need specialized knowledge – e.g., accountancy and legal matters
2.1 Some everyday tasks you can outsource:
- Keyword research – If youʼre a complete novice here, then I recommend outsourcing this job. When youʼre a beginner, researching keywords is like finding your way through a maze. It can be a lot of fun, but it takes time and experience to develop an understanding of peopleʼs search intent. There are many tools out there to help with keyword research. An experienced freelancer will know how to use them and will provide lists of specific keywords to help you focus on the suitable topics for your content.
- Content creation – If staring at a blank page with a flashing cursor makes you break out in a cold sweat, then outsourcing your content creation may be a wise decision. Content is needed for your website copy, blog posts, product descriptions, email marketing, landing pages, and in numerous other situations. The need for content is relentless, so find some talented writers to get this time-consuming job off your desk.
- Website Creation and ongoing maintenance – Even if youʼre a technical genius, there comes the point when doing your website maintenance, and WordPress coding, and installing new plugins is just not worth your time. If you design your website, think about outsourcing this work the next time you update your site.
- Backlinking campaigns – You can speed up your strategy by hiring someone to perform the email outreach for you. Realistically, one person should be able to handle all your link prospecting and outreach.
- Design /graphics – Some designs (like your logo) are produced once and other graphics that youʼll need on a daily or weekly basis. If youʼre, not a skilled designer and donʼt use Photoshop or Adobe Indesign, itʼs an intelligent move to hire a designer for your branding and advertising needs.
- Social media management – This is one of the ongoing, daily jobs that is easily outsourced. A competent social media manager will design and create your posts across the platforms you use. Theyʼll also responds to comments, source images, share and curate content, and upload videos.
Just two notes on this:
- Donʼt start outsourcing too soon. The reason is that you need to have at least a basic knowledge of what you intend to outsource.
- Donʼt outsourcing tasks you should be doing yourself – especially your core competencies.
3. When to outsource?
The point you choose to outsource certain activities in your business is different for everyone. There is no “one size fits all” because the type of business you have and your existing team (or support) will play a part in your decision.
You must identify the things holding you back. Plus, you need the means to pay for any external help.
Here are a few signs that itʼs time to consider outsourcing:
- Youʼre working 100 hours a week and have no work/life balance. This hampers your creativity and ability to think clearly.
- Youʼre feeling stressed and overwhelmed by too many details with no time to focus on growth and innovation.
- You see ways for your business to improve, but donʼt know how to implement them.
- Youʼre always running behind on the things you have planned.
- If you can earn more money in an hour, then it costs you to pay someone else to do the job.
So, the short answer to this question is; if you have limited time and the bank account to handle it.
4. How to outsource?
Now that youʼve figured out the best tasks to outsource in your business, itʼs time to make your first hire.
The question is, how do you go about it?
The following steps will work for you, whether you need help to complete a one-off task, or you have long-term and ongoing work available. Bear in mind that outsourcing does not only mean hiring remote workers.
There are occasions when you need someone in your hometown due to the need to meet frequently, the time zone issues, or even security.
If you can find the particular expert, you need nearby, and this may be the best choice for you at a reasonable price.
5. Who to outsource to?
Your choices are either:
- An agency – agencies have teams of workers run by a manager.
- An independent freelancer or contractor – a self-employed individual.
There are pros and cons to using each.
Many agencies specialize in a particular sector, e.g., web developers. Others offer a range of freelancers, from content writers to digital marketing specialists.
Sometimes the job you offer may be large or complex, and getting it done may require a set of skills you wonʼt find in a single person. This is when it may make sense to use an agency. The agency will provide the team you need, so you donʼt have to juggle many different contractors.
One downside is that agency rates can be higher because they have more overheads than a freelancer.
Another is that freelancers are sometimes exclusive to a particular agency. Youʼll also come across this situation on platforms like Upwork.
That means if you want to use that worker again, then the only way to hire them is through the agency.
When youʼre starting, I recommend hiring a self-employed freelancer.
Most are very keen to work, so itʼs in their best interest to do an excellent job for you.
Theyʼre usually more flexible with their schedules and may be more cost-effective for you in the beginning. If you find an excellent match for your business, you can offer that person ongoing work or look for them again when you post your next job.
6. How much can you pay?
Setting a budget for hiring is essential. The rate you set will depend on the type of freelance work you need.
Itʼs true that you will generally find cheaper rates for your job in developing countries or those where wages are lower than in the West. Iʼm always fair with the rates I offer, no matter where the freelancer is based.
Remember that, just because you are paying a lower rate in some parts of Asia or Europe than you would in the USA, it doesnʼt means you will get sub-standard results.
In addition, I prefer to hire writers whose first language is English, but theyʼre not always living in an English-speaking country. The point is that discrepancy in the cost of living in some locations, and the currency exchange can work in your favor.
Ask yourself how much you can afford and research the market prices for the tasks you outsource.
7. What are you offering?
Have a clear idea about what you are offering your freelancer.
- Is this a one-time job or a project running over a few months?
- Is it a task that needs to be done daily, weekly, or even monthly basis?
- Are you hiring a full-time or part-time worker?
Your answers to these questions will not only help you decide on your budget (above) but also affect the type of applicants who respond to your job offers.
What you offer needs to be clearly understood and in line with the expectations of your freelancer.
This includes the time required to complete a job, the results you expect, and the payment for the same.
7.1 The Job Description
I know this may sound like a tedious writing exercise, but I have a simple process to create a job description. I replicate it for any job – with a few adjustments.
The success of the freelancer depends on your ability to provide clear parameters for a task.
On the other hand, donʼt put every specific detail into your job offer. Your competitors are often trawling freelance sites to check who is hiring and will sometimes swipe your format.
Hereʼs the basic outline for a good job description:
What is the specific task?
Donʼt try to find someone great at 5 different things because only one of them will be done to the level you expect. If you are vague, you’re not going to find the best person for the job. Youʼll also get too many quotes that donʼt fit what you need. Explain your desired outcomes accurately.
This forces you to think about the details of your project and will help you to get an accurate bid for the work. E.g., I need someone to post twice daily on my Facebook page. I will provide the brand book, but you will need to source images and create shareable content to drive traffic to my page. We use Buffer, so you need experience using that platform.
Thatʼs a very brief example, but itʼs better than this:
I need someone to post to my Facebook page. Please quote your monthly rate.
Itʼs all about the deliverables, so write for the result you want. This is important in the case of a fixed-price job. State precisely what you expect to be delivered by the freelancer for the cost you have set.
Donʼt forget to include a deadline. This applies whether or not a job is urgent because you need to ensure that your candidate can complete the work in time.
Include some resources for the applicant.
These may be examples of blog posts from your current site, website designs you want to emulate, or a spreadsheet indicating the information you need. Itʼs also helpful to include 2 or 3 sentences on your background and/or company.
7.2 What skills does the job require?
Is it a technical role? e.g., 2+ years experience with a JS framework, VUE preferred
If not, e.g., you are a published writer with 5+ years experience in B2B content.
What level of skill is required to complete the job? Try using a 1-10 scale to define this.
How many hours are required to complete the job? e.g., the number of hours per week or project.
What level of English language skill is necessary? e.g., conversational, fluent, native.
I usually list other qualities such as creativity, strategic thinking, reliability, ability to figure things out on their own, etc.
Finally, I include a little test for applicants to make sure theyʼve read the whole job description. It only needs to be something simple, but it lets you know they have paid attention.
Here are a couple of examples:
Start your application with the name of your favorite animal
What was the last movie you watched?
Sift and interview your applicants
Depending on the job you list and who has viewed it, you might get 5 or 50+ applications for your open position. But, I have a process to work through this too, so donʼt panic.
Firstly, make sure they match the skill levels and location you set in your job description. Next, read the letters. If they are form letters, impersonal, or donʼt answer the questions you asked, then discard them.
This will weed out at least 80 percent of the people who applied.
Look for people who have made a genuine effort to find out more about you and your business, who have cited experience, or maybe even given you a few helpful suggestions for completing the job.
Send the remainder a quick message to narrow your list further.
You could follow up on any points they made in their cover letter or ask questions about their ideas and/or availability. This will indicate how willing they are to go ahead and how responsive they are with their communications.
7.3 The interview stage
A quick interview will give you a better idea of whether the freelancer is a good match for you and your business. But, of course, there is a technique to interviewing well, so Iʼll outline this now.
Prepare a list of the main questions to address before you speak with them.
The first questions should aim to get more information about their skill levels and experience. These questions should match what you asked for in your job description.
Start with a few general questions about their experience. This helps you to gauge what work they do most often.
Ask them to rate themselves on a scale of 1-10 for their abilities. e.g., on a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in WordPress? If practical, you can test them on the spot by asking a technical question after theyʼve gave you their score.
Are they working on any similar jobs, or have they completed similar jobs in the past?
Can they provide references for those jobs?
Do they have a portfolio, test results, certificates from courses, or specialized training? Anything that can be verified is helpful to you.
Explore the type of tasks they most enjoy doing and the ones they least enjoy working on.
Check whether they are available in the time frame you need.
Lastly, if you donʼt think they are the right person for the role youʼre offering, then tell them right away. This saves you (and them) time, and they wonʼt sit around wondering what will happen next.
On the flip side, even if you like a candidate, donʼt hire them on the spot. You may have several interviews to conduct, and you need to be sure youʼre getting the best person for the job.
7.4 Try before you commit.
This is not always possible – especially if you just want some help for a few hours on a specific task.
For longer-term work, I prefer to offer 2-3 of the best candidates a trial job.
The trial job does not need to be the exact role you posted.
The idea is to set a sample task that tests the applicant on the skills you need.
This gives you a bit more information like:
- How long it takes them to complete the task
- How often do they communicate with you
- How many questions they have
- Plus, the work they produce lets you know whether they are a good fit for your job.
- If this goes well, hopefully, your choice will be easy.
7.5 How to pay your remote worker
There are several ways to pay your freelancer, and these are influenced by where your worker is and what hiring method you use. Usually, you pay after the job is complete. Some agencies and contractors ask for a monthly retainer or upfront payments for ongoing work.
In this case, check out the person or agent you are contracting with to ensure they are trustworthy. If you hire through one of the freelance platforms online, most have systems that allow you to control when payment is released to your freelancer.
Remote workers operate in different ways, but you can dictate how you want to pay in your job description.
Some of the options are:
- Payments with milestones – here, you break the job up into manageable sections. You release a portion of your funds when each milestone is complete and then move on to the next part of the task.
- Full payment on completion – this is what it says. Your worker finishes the job, and you release payment to them.
- Full payment upfront – sometimes known as a retainer. This method is often used when you contract a freelancer every month to provide a particular service. This guarantees access to your workerʼs services for a retainer at an agreed rate. Full payment also occurs when you purchase services in blocks of time – or packages. For example, you buy 10 hours of email support and, once used, you can buy again.
- Fixed Price – a fixed price is all you will pay to get the work done. You can set this or negotiate it with your worker. Other jobs may be at an agreed hourly rate or per word – as with many content writing tasks.
My last tip is to have a time tracking system in place. Check out time tracking tools like Time Doctor, Top Tracker, and Toggl. Once again, some of the freelance platforms have these built-in. They have free and paid plans, including features like screenshots and activity reports.
Of course, this isnʼt important for a fixed price job, but if youʼre paying by the hour, youʼll want your worker to provide some justification for the time spent.
Have only one or two places where you communicate with your freelancer. The freelance platforms have messaging systems where you can also upload and share files.
If youʼre not using one of those platforms, then stick to something simple. There are several cloud-based tools for team collaboration. Companies like Slack and Trello have both free and paid plans to choose from.
I always ask for regular project updates. That way, you know sooner rather than later whether the job is progressing along the right path.
7.7 SOPs – Standard Operating Procedures
As time goes by, I have added to a file of SOPs that are given as training tools, task outlines, or general information on internal processes. Outlining your expectations and procedures for specific repetitive tasks saves you and your staff time. They also help to eliminate confusion because your expectations are clear.
These documents include:
- General company information – what your business does, why you do it, and whoʼs on the team
- Internal processes – how-to guides, templates for blog posts
- Welcome letters – for on-boarding new staff
- Contracts – for contractors and freelancers
- NDA documents – non-disclosure agreements
Youʼre ready to make your first hire.
8. Top Outsourcing Marketplaces
To give you a headstart, Iʼve added a few sites below for reference. Keep in mind that as well as online marketplaces, you can also use social media groups, job boards, and your network to search for suitable workers too.
As a starting point to your research of the most suitable platform for your needs, we’ve compiled a list of websites we have experience using.
You should be aware that there are many different options when it comes to finding the right people, especially online, and many of those options operate in distinctive ways:
- General or specialized marketplaces, where you scan through a vast pool of independent freelancers’ profiles and find the ones matching your needs. It’s a perfect choice when you’re looking to outsource particular tasks or small-scale projects (landing page design, creation of advertising texts, etc.).
- Specialized outsourcing vendors offering remote specialists to augment your in-house team, often for long-term cooperation. A popular example of viable IT staff augmentation is when you hire additional resources to streamline large-scale IT projects, cut development costs and/or cover the skills gaps in your team.
The best idea is to start finding people to hire that work from home.
Upwork could be described as the most complex outsourcing website on the internet for the moment.
It all started a few years ago, when two popular online outsourcing companies, oDesk, and Elance, have decided to merge, and Upwork resulted from their successful partnership.
Upwork allows you to find outsourcers to work with while it tracks their time and their work.
Upwork is highly user-friendly, and you can be sure you’ll find a vast number of outsourcers looking for work. Usually, if you post a task or a vacant position you’re looking to fill, you’ll likely receive a large number of keen applicants to choose from within a few days.
It’s easy to hire people through Upwork, and it proves to be very helpful in your search for the best candidate, based on their portfolio, the skills they’ve demonstrated, and their previous feedback.
Upwork also offers you a simple way to pay your outsourcers and, if something wrong happens, like a contractor refuses to send you the work you’ve paid them for, Upwork will step up and help you receive what you’re owed.
The time-tracker function of Upwork makes it easy to ensure your outsourcers are doing their job. Moreover, if you want to communicate with outsourcers, you can do this through the platform.
It’s pretty expensive to pay people through Upwork’s system. You have to pay Upwork a 2.75% rate in processing fees for every hour your outsourcer works. While this may not seem like much, you’ll find that it does add up over time.
There are some options to lower this price to a $25 monthly flat fee depending on what country your account is based in, but it’s not available to 100% of users.
It can take a lot of time and interviews to fill a position. Since Upwork has one of the largest databases of online workers, there is a lot of competition for applying for the available jobs. As an employer, you might find that searching for the right person for the job can be pretty time-consuming. This isn’t necessarily bad if time is by your side, but, most likely, you’d like to find someone to do the job instantly.
The large number of people looking for jobs on Upwork implies the risk of fraud. Although this rarely happens, some applicants might be using a fake name and a fake account and ask for upfront payment for a job they don’t plan on completing.
You should use Upwork.com if…
It’s essential to screen your applicants carefully. If possible, ask them to sign a contract and check their scanned identification. It’s not uncommon for disgruntled workers to do a lousy job, or take your ideas to competitors, so exercise caution and protect yourself with legal paperwork.[Join Upwork.com]
Freelancer is a direct competitor of Upwork, and they function on similar principles and processes. Both workers and employers can connect on the platform, and employers can screen, reject or hire workers registered on the website.
Instead of partnering with another big freelance website, Freelancer has developed by acquiring smaller outsourcing websites worldwide, which have built the large company Freelancer.com is today.
Like Upwork, Freelancer.com allows you to set jobs for an hourly wage, one agreed-upon amount, or a series of milestone payments.
Its system does not differ too much from Upwork, which is an advantage, as the hiring process of both websites is easy and intuitive. Freelancer also offers its users a Desktop App and a Mobile App to make sure work can be monitored from anywhere.
Same freelancers, different websites. Over the years, some people have expressed their dislike of the similarity between Freelancer.com and Upwork. This is a consequence of the fact that many freelancers worldwide are present and bid for jobs on both websites.
As an employer listing jobs on both sites, there is a strong possibility that more or less the same people will bid for your job. With that being said, if these freelancers weren’t listing themselves on multiple websites, they couldn’t call themselves freelancers, right?
For using Freelancer.com, you have to pay higher fees. Unlike Upwork’s 2.75%, Freelancer.com asks for a 10% fee, which can be reduced with a paid monthly membership. However, when you compare 2.75% to 10%, the difference cannot be ignored.
You should use Freelancer.com if…
you want to engage workers worldwide and have a second backup website to post a job on.[Join Freelancer.com]
As you may know, Fiverr has been around for quite a while. Their main benefit is that you can get almost any small job done, called a ‘gig,’ for just $5.
While similar websites that charge other flat-rate amounts have started popping up, Fiverr has maintained its standing and popularity. The website allows employers and workers to connect by exchanging small services or items for only $5.
The key advantage is that you know upfront exactly how much you are expected to pay for a task to be completed. There are options to ‘upgrade’ your purchase by paying $10 or $15, but that’s up to you.
Fiverr has an easy ordering process, and the range of services and products on the website is huge. You can get social media advice, videos created, a cartoon drawn, a postcard sent, a tweet sent out to a million followers, and everything in between.
You are paying $5, so don’t hope for a high-quality service. While some expect miracles, it’s important not to overestimate what you’re buying. If you purchased a gig for a marketing message to go out to one million followers, don’t be surprised if you don’t have one million sales the next day. Be realistic about what you’re buying. While quality is definitely not the greatest, keep reminding yourself: you only paid $5 for it. The upside is that if you find a valuable gig, you can use it repeatedly and save a lot of money.
The website doesn’t track the results of the work the seller completes for you. This means it is your responsibility as a buyer to read the description and, most importantly, any small print and evaluate the results yourself.
For example, if you’ve paid for someone to send visitors to your Facebook Page, note how many Facebook Fans you have at the time of the gig order and how many came after the gig was marked as completed. If you don’t have any complaints about the gig, the website will credit the $5 you paid to the seller and close the order.
You should use Fiverr if…
you want to list a potential $5 job or pay for a quick, basic job to be completed for $5.[Join Fiverr.com]
This site brings together people seeking or offering services relating to writing, web development, designing, social media, business development, etc. It is a UK-based company, which follows a system pretty similar to other freelancing sites. On this site, you will find both online as well as on-site freelancing gigs. Jobs are either fixed-price or hourly type.
They claim to have onboard close to 936,000 businesses and almost 2,4 million freelancers. Also, they sent more than 130 million pounds to freelancers who are large values making them a big player in the freelance markets.
People Per Hour Advantages:
- You can add examples of your work to your portfolio, either by uploading files or embedding links.
- Freelancers receive 15 free project bids each month and can purchase blocks of additional bids at a reasonable rate.
- You can ask a public question about a project to clarify the brief before you bid. You can also see other people’s questions and responses.
- You can ask your previous customers to add endorsements on the platform. This is a great way to enhance your standing on the site through your external client feedback.
- PPH requires a buyer to deposit into an Escrow account when they award a project. This means your money is securely held and waiting for you when the project is signed off.
- Peopleperhour offers various ways to chat with freelancers, including video calls which are very useful in many scenarios.
People Per Hour Disadvantages:
- Fees structure – 20% fees on the first 500 pounds earned with a specific customer. Between 500 pounds and 5000 pounds, the fees drop to 7.5%, and over 5000 pounds earned with a particular buyer drops more to 3,5%.
- Currencies – The site support only three currencies: pounds, US dollars, and Euros. If you’re paid in dollars and a UK freelancer, you either pay a standard exchange charge to move the funds into your UK bank account or a small commission to pay funds into another currency.
- Customer Support: Freelancers report that it is hard to get a hold of the company with tech and support issues with the platform.
You should use People Per Hour if…
you’re looking to hire freelancers for your job and have the time to invest in creating detailed requirements and communicate them to the freelancers as this platform is based a lot on communication. Overall as an entrepreneur or blogger, you should try this site once to recruit freelancers.[Join PeoplePerHour.com]
8.5 OnlineJobs.ph – Hire Filipinos
According to its website, Onlinejobs.ph is the world’s largest and safest marketplace for finding rock star Filipino workers. You can find a worker for almost any job, each one living in the Philippines.
The essential advantage of this website is its training and screening process. When you engage in the website’s services, you will be receiving a worker that has been screened and, in some cases, trained to precisely execute the job you are looking to hire them for.
The hiring process works almost identical to Upwork – you can either post a job listing or take a look at the workers’ CVs and then choose someone to engage with. Filipinos are known for their proficient English skills, attention to customer support, and adherence to instructions.
The cost of living in the Philippines is much lower; that’s why you’ll find the Filipinos rates and salaries are much lower than if you were hiring from the US or New Zealand.
Depending on where you are located, Filipinos will most likely be living in a different timezone from you. As an alternative to combat this disadvantage, other websites offer a wider variety of workers in other time zones if you want your workers to live in a similar timezone to yours.
The Philippines are known for frequent natural disasters, which can lead to power outages. While this can happen to any worker in many different countries, Filipinos are more at risk because these incidents happen pretty frequently. Power outages can go on for one or two days, so it’s recommended to have a backup in place if you’re working towards a tight deadline.
You should use Onlinejobs.ph if…
You’d like to hire Filipinos with their reputation for excellent knowledge of the English language and stellar customer support.[Join OnlineJobs.ph]
HeadHunter is a Russian website that specializes in providing employers with access to worker profiles. The website does not take a percentage of future earnings but rather charges employers for posting jobs or viewing workers’ contact details that have listed themselves on the website.
This website is highly regarded in Russia, so most workers who create profiles here have a vibrant education, experience, and working background.
The website’s pricing is quite competitive compared to its international counterparts. You pay around $40 for one job listing or to have access to HeadHunter‘s database to approach prospective candidates for 24 hours. The rates and salaries workers ask for are noticeably lower than on websites like Upwork.
Another advantage of this website is its security screening. The website takes safety very seriously and asks employers for copies of their business registration documents and thorough reference checks of workers who create profiles.
The most significant disadvantage is the language because the entire website is in Russian, and so are all the worker profiles. If you like how this website sounds and you want to use it, you can always translate the pages and search for workers who have specified that they are fluent in languages other than Russian. Most Russian outsourcers on the website will speak English.
HeadHunter has some weird pricing structures. For example, suppose you are only going onto the website to talk to a specific person. In that case, you will still need to pay for access to the database of the district or region of Russia and neighboring Slavic countries this person is living in. Depending on the region you want to view workers from, the pricing varies. For instance, you can access the entire database of workers based in Kazakhstan for half the price of a small Siberian district.
Slow system – we’re not sure if this is because of the design or not, but the payment process is not automated. This means that you have to first submit a ‘call of interest’ on the website, then you are taken to a place where you can ‘top up your account.
Once you’ve topped up your account, you have to ‘buy the service or database access you want from within the system. Finally, you’ll have to wait up to 48 hours for the website staff to grant you access. It’s fine if you have time to wait around, but confusing and seemingly slow when you want instant access to what you paid for.
You should use HeadHunter if…
you want to hire Russian workers at a reasonable price.[Join HeadHunter.ru]
8.7 99Designs.com – Find a designer
99Designs, as the name suggests, is a platform for employers to find designers. You’ll be able to get logos, flyers, website designs, and almost any other design you might need. The website is split up into two parts: “Contests” and “Projects.”
Contests are where the employer posts a description of the design they need, chooses a payment amount and then waits for designers to submit their work.
The employer can then choose a winning design or ask the freelancer to edit a submitted design until they’re happy with it. ‘Projects’ is for employers who have had success with designers bidding on their contests in the past; if they like a particular designer and want to hire them for other projects, they can do this through the website.
The central Contest part is a handy way to receive a lot of different designs to choose from. On the other hand, the projects and the process are not revolutionary, and the same designers can usually be found and engaged on other websites.
There has to be a winner. The most significant disadvantage is that you are guaranteed a certain number of designs to be delivered when posting a job. However, even if you did not like any of the designs, you still have to choose someone to ‘win’ the contest. This sometimes means that you don’t get a logo you want, but you still need to pay as if it was completed.
You should use 99designs if…
you’re not 100% sure about what kind of design you want for a specific project, and choose a winning design from a range of suggestions.[Join 99Designs.com]
8.8 Dribbble.com – Find a designer
Dribbble is the social network platform of designers around the world. According to their website, web designers, graphic designers, illustrators, icon artists, typographers, logo designers, and other creative types share small previews of their work, process, and current projects.
Because of the way the website is designed, Dribbble is a Mecca of design talent. It was primarily created for designers to check out each other’s work. It’s human nature to want to put your best foot forward in front of colleagues, and therefore you’re likely to find very original and creative examples of work from designers around the world. This way, you can decide to contact and talk to designers you’re interested in after you’ve had a chance to see their portfolio.
It’s just a social network – the website does not pose itself as a matchmaking service between employers and designers, and therefore the website does not screen its users. If you like the designs of a freelancer, it’s your responsibility to do your due diligence and seek references and other information about him and their work ethic. Likewise, the website won’t step in on your behalf if you’ve had a negative experience with one of the designers listed on their website.
You should use Dribbble if…
you want a background check of the portfolio of a designer you’re about to hire on another platform, or if you haven’t found any designers on any other platforms that can create the type of designs you want.[Join Dribbble.com]
These are the top outsourcing websites that online business owners can use to find contractors for their businesses.
As always, do your own research first and don’t rush in and post too many job offers on too many websites, especially if you have to pay to do it.
We usually advise against paying for job listings; however, we understand that in the long run, it may be a more cost-effective option if the alternative is paying the website a percentage of everything your worker earns.
Take your time, create profiles on these websites and look at the types of jobs being posted. Also, look at the other outsourcers who have profiles there.
You can always hire from more than one website, but you’ll want to narrow it down to two or ideally one when you start getting a team together.
It’s much easier to manage your team from within one system.