The internet has changed the game for businesses. Employers who want to cut cost and escape from the hassle of payrolls can now hire freelancers to do the work for them. For instance, businesses who need website but don’t want to hire experts locally can look for webmasters or web designers online. It is easier and more affordable.
Some may doubt the safety of hiring remote workers. While there are reasons why you need to be cautious because some may put your money down the drain, hiring freelancers is not totally risky. In fact, it offers more good than bad, especially if you find the right place where freelancers found home like the following:
Whether you are looking for someone to work on web design, graphics, programming, video production, e-commerce or content marketing, Envato Studio has a wide array of freelancers for you. You can easily hand-pick your talent to get things done.
Envato Studio is anchored on trust and fast services. They make it easy for the buyer and seller to communicate and both are protected by a dispute resolution process. As a buyer, you are entitled to know the details of the service, price, turn-around time, and revision time beforehand.
While you have to pay upfront, it will be held by Envato Studio until the job has been completed and you are satisfied with the outcome.
Freelancers is known as one of the largest freelancing and crowdsourcing service provider with over 20 million employers and freelancers connected from over 247 countries.
As a buyer, you only need to post your digital project and you will receive bids from freelancers in no time. Their reputation system will give you realtime chat, time tracker, and 24/7 support. You don’t need to worry in paying upfront because the payment will only be released if you are 100% happy with the service provided.
Experts of Freelancers can work on projects such as writing, software development, design and data entry on fixed or hourly rates, and with specifics on schedule and cost range.
Upwork has successfully built an online workplace where skilled and professional freelancers can be found. But how will you hire the right one? Job posting. After which, you will receive applications from freelancers and links to their Upwork profiles that will give you information on their experience, skills, language and communication skills and even client feedback. You will also get recommendations from Upwork making the hiring process easier.
For payment, Upwork has four billing methods including Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Paypal. You can pay freelancers for hourly projects or fixed-price projects. Either way, you are protected by Upwork Payment Protection system.
Upwork also keeps you updated with its Work Diary, a tool that gives you snaps of the freelancer’s screen to see how things are going especially if you are paying in an hourly basis.
People Per Hour provides solutions to clients who need online projects done in few hours. You have three options in working with a freelancer: you can browse for hourly or fixed-price offers ready to start immediately with down payment; you can post a job and let professionals find you where they submit proposals; or you can search profiles and talk to freelancers directly and discuss your project.
One good thing about People Per Hour is how they let you manage your account. You will have a WorkStream where you pay and communicate in one place. It will help you track job history and deliverable, pay and transact with more than one freelancer, and post work review.
With regards to payment, you are protected by Escrow. Although you will be required to deposit instantly, you are still safe because the cash won’t be release unless you are satisfied with the job. You can also take advantage of PPH Account where you deposit funds for multiple payments, making every transaction painless.
OnlineJobs is the hub of over 150,000 Filipino freelancers who work from home. You have the option to hire an expert part-time or full-time, and hourly or salaried. You can contact them directly or you can post a job and let them come to you.
Resumes in OnlineJobs include webmasters, SEO experts, WordPress experts, writers, virtual assistants, graphic designers, PHP programmers, and social experts. Whoever you need is just a few click away from you. After you interview and hire your best choice, you can negotiate the salary, work timeframe and your expectations.
Payments are via Payments.ph or Paypal after they completed the job you requested.
Outsourcely is another outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace with skilled freelancers and remote workers. Some of them charge less than $5 while others charge more, the rate is negotiable depending on the type of project and the work turn-around. You have however the option to pay for a fixed-rate via Paypal or a payment system that comes with tracking.
Outsourcely has a selection process that will help you choose the right professional for your online project: (1) you will have remote workers whose profile match your skill criteria, (2) there will be an initial engagement process, (3) and lastly you will conduct the interview. The good thing is, you can hire more than one expert because there is no limit with the number of professionals you can work it.
Moreover, while there are no tools offered by Outsourcely in tracking freelancers’ work real time, it encourages to set-up a system for monitoring that both employers and workers are comfortable of using.
There are other web marketplaces where you can hire freelancers but the six we listed are good for a start. One more tip though before we end, ask all the questions and make everything clear before you fully decide who to hire and make your best judgement. Good luck!