The current crisis has fundamentally altered the way we work, forcing most businesses to adopt the remote working model, whether they like it or not.
However, the gig economy has long been thriving, and millions of small businesses around the world have successfully used freelancers to turn their ideas into reality.
The quick adoption of a distanced workforce has proven that (with the right tools and process) we’re enabled and empowered to work for anyone, from anywhere, at any time.
As a business owner or hiring manager, what advantages would you or your company have through the hiring of freelancers? We break it down for you in 3 compelling reasons.
1. Tools make it easy to find, meet, and manage freelancers
The power behind a successful freelance relationship is technology. Luckily, there is no shortage of innovative tools that make everything from communication to project management as smooth as possible. Here are some of our favorites, in 3 key categories.
Communication and Collaboration
Skype and Slack: Slack is the darling of instant communication, allowing you to make use of channels to chat about different topics or projects. If you don’t need ten different channels to keep track of your conversations, need a good screen sharing option, and want to keep your text conversations minimal, we feel that Skype is a better choice. If you feel like you need a separate channel for each topic and want to have all your communication together in one place, you can make use of Slack.
Zoom: Nothing beats face to face meetings, but Zoom comes pretty darn close. You could use a combination of Zoom and Skype to manage your communication and collaboration, with screen sharing options, and notetaking all possible. You also get unlimited meetings for as long as you like with each meeting lasting for 40 minutes – all for free. The quirky backgrounds are fun too.
G Suite: An excellent resource for collaboration. With Google Doc, Sheets, and Slides, you can get most of your work done in real-time with your freelancer/freelancers. Whether you’re editing web copy, or simply handling accounts, the Google Suite allows for smooth collaboration between multiple users. People can co-edit, co-create, and co-review a document easily in real-time.
There are DOZENS of project management suites out there and choosing one depends on your budget, your functional requirements, and your business set up. Some managers prefer Zoho, as it has a range of built-in capabilities, including time tracking. For others, a more compact tool like Trello may be preferable.
Here’s what we recommend:
Monday.com: This platform can be divided into several boards, each allowing for customization of processes. For example, you can create a development board and list all your tasks, assign, and label them according to your preference. Allowing for full customization and integration, Monday.com has sleek aesthetics and makes for a perfect project management tool for small to mid-sized teams.
Trello for visual project management: Trello is a great task management tool that lets you keep all your tasks and projects in the form of a visual Kanban board consisting of cards. You can keep it simple or get take it to the next level with integrations and notifications.
Productivity and Accountability
Most freelancers have their own ways of tracking their time, but if you’d like to use something totally transparent, tools like Toggl or Timedoctor have got you covered
Users can create invoices from within the apps, and you can track time on projects in real-time.
2. Developing countries have a wealth of talent and would appreciate the work
You’re probably already familiar with India’s reputation as an IT hub. But did you know that countries like South Africa have some incredibly talented and skilled designers, developers, and writers too? In fact, South Africa produces some incredibly talented and highly qualified professionals and was named a world design capital.
Secondly, while language barriers can be an all too real challenge in many developing countries, South African freelancers usually speak English as their first or second language.
Moreover, while just about everyone is feeling the effects of the economic downturn, developing countries get hit the hardest. If you can do your bit to support the livelihood of someone in a less fortunate position than yourself, leap at the chance. It’s incredibly rewarding, and interacting with someone from a different country is often enriching in ways you wouldn’t expect.
Finally, if you’re worried about connectivity, don’t be. High-speed internet is probably available to anyone who lists their service online. While it might chug a little in comparison to yours, it’s not a real barrier to most.
3. Hiring a freelancer will save you time and money
If you’re an American or European, chances are that your currency is a heavyweight when compared to the currencies in developing countries. This means that you can really make your dollars stretch a lot further just by nature of the exchange rate.
A freelancer will also only charge you for when they’re actually working on your projects, so you won’t be billed for coffee breaks, water station chats, ‘gamming, or socialising.
Speaking of time; when you’re hiring a freelancer, you’re hiring an expert. A task outside your usual skill set that might take you three hours, could take an expert freelancer only 10 minutes. They’ve likely tried and tested everything under the sun, probably for your competitors, so they know what works, and more importantly, what doesn’t. Get the edge, and bring that wealth of knowledge into your business.
Hiring a skilled freelancer is a quick way to inject creativity and innovation into your business, allowing you to remain agile and adapt faster.
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