Why Outsource with Upwork
There is an unseen world when it comes to any digital service. This includes SEO, graphic design, logo design, web design, web development, & much more. Almost every web company on the internet outsources at least some of their work. It’s a problem that comes with being small enough to not turn down any business opportunities and not profitable enough yet to hire additional staff members. Outsourcing can be looked at as the “dirty little secret” of digital services. You would be surprised at just how many of the digital services you have paid for involved situations where companies outsource with Upwork.
Upwork is a large freelancer site. Users can have two different types of accounts there: Freelancer or Client. I will give you my opinion on actually freelancing for Upwork, as I have done it. I don’t suggest it at all. The same reason why we will use it on the client side is the same reason why being a freelancer is not a good deal on Upwork. All of the clients want the most work done for least amount. As a reputable web or graphic designer, that makes for very difficult working conditions. As a freelancer, I found that the expectations of the clients were quite unreasonable. I was basically getting a full-time workload for what would amount to a minimum wage payment (or less). Just a warning: be careful as a freelancer on Upwork.
Outsourcing with Upwork as a Client
The client relationship with Upwork is much easier. If you read the above complaints about being a freelancer on Upwork, then please take that in consideration when you hire people. You are going to be hiring good workers who are diligent. However, it will be hard for them to ever get inside your head to understand what you actually want. Be lenient & communicate well with your freelancers and you will find many of them will go out of their way to try to please you.
As a Client, you can post jobs pretty easily. To see how to post a job, please watch our tutorial video above “Outsource with Upwork”. Once you do this, the key is to find the right candidates for your job. I will reiterate, the most important skill a freelancer will have is communication. Most of them will be able to technically perform what you need… if they understand it. Be very thorough in your vetting process to make sure that the freelancer you hire does, in fact, understand you and communicates well.
Be leery of candidates who “over-communicate.” I know that may sound a little opposite of my earlier statement, but communicating well and over-communicating are not the same thing. You want to be able to give your freelancer a job with details included and trust them to complete the job. Of course, some clarification will most likely be necessary. However, if your freelancer is going to call, text, or Skype you 20 times about every task then you might want to consider doing the task yourself. The whole point of outsourcing is to pass the job along to someone else.
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