Best Outsourcing Websites
When you start an online business you’re more than an entrepreneur, you become an accountant, copy writer, marketer, sales person, HR manager and so on. The tasks can quickly stack up and you can end up spending so much time on the day to day running of the business that you have no time left to innovate and create your product, which is presumably why you wanted to run your own business in the first place.
Instead of taking on 100% of the work and burning yourself out within the first six months of operation, why not outsource tasks to global experts who have the experience, time and knowledge to help your business thrive? Why play the part of a web designer and advertising guru when you can have the real deal helping you out?
Outsourcing can seem intimidating, after all, you’re relinquishing control to somebody who you’ve never met. However, if you go down the right avenues and work with a trusted professional you can add heaps of value to your website and benefit from the knowledge of an expert in the field, all without breaking the bank – one of the main benefits of outsourcing is that you pay for what you need so you can ensure all work will come in on budget.
To help make the process easier, there are a number of websites that can act as the middleman and help connect you with the perfect freelancer for your task, whether it’s web design, copy writing or marketing – or something else entirely! In today’s post we’ve rounded up our favourite outsourcing websites that will help make life as a solo entrepreneur a lot easier.
One of the largest outsourcing sites on the web, PeoplePerHour has remained so popular partly because it’s simple to use and partly because of the huge variety of freelancers available. Everything from graphic design, translation services, proofreading and programming projects can be listed and you can either list your project for freelancers to bid on or you can search through their database and handpick those who best suit your needs.
Ideal for those who are looking for a technical expert, Guru features a database of freelancers who specialise in all things tech, whether it’s software design, web development or app design that you’re after. A cool feature from Guru is the ability to explore a gallery of past work that’s been completed by their freelancers (or gurus, as they call them) to give you an idea of just how talented their experts are.
The number one outsourcing service for all things WordPress, Codeable is the place to go if you’re looking for a WordPress expert to build, design or support your site. The service has seen over 36,000 projects completed by over 200 experienced WordPress engineers based in Europe and the US. Aware that time is of the essence when it comes to business, Codeable works quickly and you can expect to see your first response just ten minutes after listing your project.
With the tagline ‘Browse. Buy. Done.’ everything about Fiverr is designed to make the process as quick and easy as possible for both the client and the freelancer. All you need to do is search for the service you’re after and choose the freelancer who best suits your needs. Their prices are listed upfront and each Gig (or service) lists their turnaround time, so you know the job will come in on time and on budget.
The combination of the now defunct ODesk and Elance, UpWork does things slightly differently and offers clients three different plans: Upwork, which is free to clients and requires freelancers to pay 10% of the invoice, UpWork Pro, where the client pays a $149 monthly fee but chooses from premium talent, or UpWork Enterprise, which has a variable price but grants you access to a customised, end-to-end freelancer management system. If you’re looking for in depth ongoing contracts with freelancers, this could be the way to go.
With almost 9,000,000 completed projects, Freelancer is the undisputed overlord of outsourcing websites. With freelancers working from over 240 countries, regions and territories across the globe, this is where you want to be if you want the largest database of talent to browse through.