Hiring staff is an essential part of a growing business.
As the saying goes, “you are only as good as the team around you” … and hiring is a speciality in itself.
Hire right, and you get everyone pulling in the same direction towards a common goal. Hire badly and it feels like you have an anchor holding you back!
Then, there’s the cost consideration. Hiring is a big responsibility; it’s a long term financial commitment that can be a burden if your turnover drops suddenly. No one likes to lay off staff.
In the current environment full of unknowns, you might be in a situation where you’d benefit greatly from a skilled worker but aren’t able to commit to hiring someone else permanently.
That’s where online freelancer directories could come into play:
Rather than going through the traditional hiring process, you can search for a freelancer who matches the skill set you need, agree on a price and then hire them either on a rolling hourly contact or on a fixed price per project.
When might you use this?
These websites were designed initially for project-based work that could be done remotely.
Think design work, coding for a project, a telesales campaign etc.
But now they can also be used for longer-term work like customer support, account management, technical assistance, business development, etc… Almost anything!
What are the benefits of working with a freelancer online?
Unlike traditional hiring, you are hiring for as little or as long as you like.
Hire for a specific project or hire on a rolling contact; either way, you have the flexibility that often you can’t get with a permanent hire.
There’s also the added admin benefit of just receiving and paying an invoice rather than having someone on the payroll, and there’s no sick pay or holiday pay required. (Although you may want to incorporate some benefits if you are hiring for a longer-term)
You can also access a global pool of talent. You aren’t restricted to hiring within a commute distance from your office anymore; you genuinely have access to anyone across the world who has the skillset you need.
There’s also almost always someone to suit any budget. You can hire the very best or you can choose to take a chance on some upcoming talent and pay far less.
What are the downsides?
As with most things, there are some downsides to consider.
- The flexibility works both ways; the worker can quit at any time and potentially leave you in the lurch.
- It can be harder to monitor work and performance remotely.
- You will have to pay a fee or cut to the website.
- You may need to filter through a lot of people to find the good ones.
Our top tips for hiring online
- Check English proficiency.
- Check previous work.
- Ask specific questions relative to the job.
- Ask them if they are working for someone else.
- Ask them if they work from home and what the internet connection speed is like.
- Ask them how long have they been a freelancer.
- Pay as much as you can afford (it’s not always the case but generally the freelancers who are good charge accordingly)
- Be prepared to train or work with them initially to get them up to speed.
Where can you find these freelancers?
Here’s a list of some websites we know of (we aren’t endorsing any here!)
Upwork.com – A huge list of freelancers from across the globe with a variety of different skill sets. Pay on a per hour basis or agree a project fee.
Onlinejobs.ph – Specifically for workers from the Philippines. Pay a membership fee to access the site and then arrange a job with the worker directly.
Fiverr.com – A gig-based website. Suitable for standard things like logo design, SEO, website fixes
Peopleperhour.com – Similar to Fiverr but with the extra ability to post your own job and invite applications.
Hiring a remote worker online can be a great business decision. Invest some time to find the right one, be specific about what you’re looking for and you can enjoy all the benefits that a remote worker can bring to your company.