Realizing that you need to outsource work is an exciting milestone to pass. It signals that your business is growing the way it should be.
But with new progress, comes new problems.
After spending so many months (or years) honing your own craft and taking on the world solo, drafting in another player seems almost unthinkable at first. The following questions begin to sound out in your head:
- What if they can’t grasp what needs to be done?
- What if they miss deadlines?
- What if I can’t find anybody competent enough?
The bad news is, those are all legitimate worries to have. But the good news is, I’ve compiled five reputable platforms to help you outsource your work without compromising on quality.
Fiverr may be the most popular outsourcing platform on the list, and for good reason.
It’s filled to the brim with “gigs” starting from just $5. Those gigs are posted by freelancers, and come under many different categories. That includes programming, social media marketing, graphic design, translation, voice-overs, research, and even skydivers holding a custom message. If it can be done, there’s probably a gig for it.
It’s not typically used as a long-term outsourcing solution, but it’s a fantastic place to get relatively small (and sometimes whacky) jobs done quickly and cheaply.
However, it doesn’t take much to advertise a gig on Fiverr – and that sometimes reflects in the quality of the work produced – so be sure to stick closely to gigs that have been highly rated by the community.
Remember oDesk and Elance? They merged – and now we have Upwork.
It’s perhaps the most sophisticated outsourcing platform on the list, acting as a hub for freelancers to post their ads and fees. Entrepreneurs and businesses can then search for those freelancers, initiate projects, negotiate fees, and then get to work.
Upwork boasts writers, designers, accountants, consultants, mobile developers, and more.
Document sharing, messaging, and payment are all taken care of within the platform, so you and your freelancer can focus on the task at hand.
Need a logo, a website design, or even a custom styled car wrap? 99Designs isn’t the cheapest option, but it is one of the best.
And that’s not just because it’s filled with great graphic designers, either. It’s because 99Designs has a competition system in place that pits those designers against each other.
To start your project, you tell the crowd what you want (in as much, or in as little detail as you want), and within a few days you will have a range of designs submitted by a whole host of designers. You can then rate them, ask for revisions, and then eventually pick a winner.
If you need somebody to take care of some tasks on an ongoing basis, a virtual assistant may be right up your street.
TimeEtc is a UK based virtual assistant matchmaker, that brings entrepreneurs together with helpful online assistants. Those assistants can manage schedules, write blog posts, carry out research, make calls, and so forth.
TimeEtc is ideal if you want to build a real and long-lasting working relationship with somebody who can help take your business forward. Not so much if you need a solitary job done quickly.
PeoplePerHour is like a hybrid between Fiverr and Upwork.
You can create your own job ad, or you can make use of “Hourlies”. That’s the trademark system PeoplePerHour has in place that lets freelancers set a non-negotiable hourly rates for specific jobs. So, if you need two hours worth of bookkeeping, you can find an Hourlie and quickly get on with it.
Their presentation of Hourlies will remind you of Fiverr, but PeoplePerHour is typically used by freelancers looking to offer more specialist services.
For example, you’ll find WordPress, Joomla and Magento experts on PeoplePerHour that are ready to dive into complex projects.
Outsourcing is very much like hiring an employee – it allows you to delegate the mundane tasks that get in the way of your business’ growth. Or, it may even free up enough time for you to finally start working from the road.
However, before you celebrate too much, be sure to vet the five platforms above so you can outsource your work with confidence.
Do you outsource your work online? Tell us how you do it in the comments section below!
About the Author
Kaya Ismail is a wordsmith and founder of Employ the Internet. He is a seasoned content marketer with a love for video games and coffee.