June 24, 2017

Best Freelance Sites and Outsourcing Services for Business


There are times when you need to hire employees for your business to complete specific projects.

For example, if you create logos for your clients, your business may need a part time or full time graphic designer. But if you need a new logo developed for your business, it’s a one-time project.

Alternatively, you may have ongoing projects or tasks that need to be filled but you don’t want to have to hire an employee to take care of them.

In either case, your ideal solution would be to hire freelancers or services to take care of your one-time or ongoing needs for you. In this post, we’re going to look at the best freelance sites and outsourcing services you can turn to for specific needs for your business.

Toptal

If your business wants a website, custom piece of software, or mobile application created, you need a developer. Toptal is a service that matches you with a senior-level freelance developer to handle your needs.

Because this service carefully screens its applicants and matches you to the right developer, you don’t have to worry figuring out what type of developer you need or how many you will have to interview to find the right fit. You just describe your project, and Toptal does the rest.

What this means is that you don’t have to know what skills your developer needs or how to qualify them before they start on your project. All of that is taken care of for you.

99designs

If your business wants a logo, social media cover photo, blog header, newsletter template, or magazine advertisement illustration, you need a designer. 99designs helps you find a graphic designer to work with by making them compete for your business.

Traditionally, you would have to choose a freelance designer or service, explain your project, and get back one person or company’s attempt at your project. With 99designs, you create a contest, explain your project, and get back multiple designer’s attempt at your project.

What this means is that you will get lots of different designs to choose from for your project. You will choose the one you like the best, and the designer that created it will get the money you put into the contest.

Scripted

If your business needs articles, press releases, white papers, or website content, you need a writer. Scripted.com helps you find writers that can complete these projects quickly.



Instead of having to find a writer on your own, you just post your project needs inside the Scripted network. Writers who have been pre-screened for excellence by Scripted will claim your project and complete it within five business days.

What this means is that in the time it would normally take you to work out a contract with one person, you can get your writing projects completed.

SmartShoot

If your business needs video created or photos taken, you need a videographer or photographer. SmartShoot.com helps businesses find the most talented creatives in their area.

Inside the SmartShoot network, you have two options. You can review portfolios of the professionals in your area to see if there is one whose style you like, or you can explain your project to SmartShoot and have them find the right person for the job.

What this means is that you don’t have to scour the web to figure out who is in your area that can do the job. This network will bring the right professionals to you to make your search much simpler.

$99 Social

If your business needs to get more visibility on social media, you need a social media consultant. While they can get you results, they can be on the expensive side. And in some cases, all you really need is someone to keep your accounts active so you can focus on the engagement side of things.

That’s where $99 Social can help. They will post one piece of relevant content per day to your Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages for $99 per month.

So, instead of spending time trying to figure out what you should be sharing on social media, someone else handles it. That gives you time to focus on generating leads and responding to customer service inquiries while your accounts stay up to date and continue to grow.

WP Site Care

Have a WordPress website, but don’t have the skills or the time to deal with backups, updates, maintenance, and security? WP Site Care can take care of these and other aspects of your WordPress website.

If you want WP Site Care to handle the basics previously mentioned, it’s only $29 a month. That is a huge value when you consider the amount of time you would normally spend either doing these tasks or putting things back together if something goes wrong on your website. You can also add in performance optimization, SEO optimization, and site migrations for an additional fee.

Virtual Staff Finder

Every business has some form of general tasks that need to be taken care of on a daily basis. Tasks that, as a business owner, you don’t have time to do yourself. Instead of doing those tasks, you could be focusing on your own strengths and growing your business.

For those not ready to hire a full or part time employee, there are virtual assistants. Virtual Staff Finder is a service that will examine your needs and find you three virtual assistants to choose from. You can interview them, choose the one you like best, and start outsourcing general admin tasks, basic social media and email management tasks, and basic blog management tasks. These can include data entry, research, proofreading, moderating blog comments, and similar.

Conclusion

As you can see, you don’t have to manage your business alone. There are many great services that can help you find the perfect person for specific tasks, or solutions that take the work out of your hands.

When you need a developer, designer, writer, photographer, social media manager, WordPress support specialist, or virtual assistant, give the above services a try. You’ll be glad you did!

Image: Toptal

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Drew Hendricks


Drew Hendricks Drew Hendricks is a tech, social media and environmental addict. He writes for many major publications such as National Geographic, Technorati and The Huffington Post.

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  1. I think these are great businesses but a thrifty business owner with the ability to manage a freelancer might do better recruiting directly from freelancers. I’ve found success by targeting a country/industry and posting on the local elance of that area. Once you know the standard pay rates you can better assess contracrors like you’ve mentioned.

  2. For small, inexpensive jobs I would also recommend people check out Fiverr. The quality easily exceeds the cost and my experience has always been positive.

  3. Hi I love the tips and so appreciate the content in this article. I’m wondering if in your research that you came across anything for design talent. What if you are looking for someone that can create designs (not logos). If anyone has any suggestions – I’m open to some.

  4. @apryl 99designs is good for the variation of designers as its so difficult to find the right designer marriage, i wish you luck. I personally find the above sites a little big & fast foodie. I have taken to working with boutique agencies instead (these days: Willing Web), more difficult to find but with a bit of luck, it can be a match made in heaven.

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