Freelance deskWelcome to the newest post in the Burlingame Business Tips series. This blog post we’re looking at hiring a freelancer to help lighten the load of our business. 

More and more businesses are turning to freelancers (or independent contractors) to help them complete one-off projects or assist with specialized work they simply don’t have the staff for. Freelancers can be contracted much faster than permanent staff, are usually cheaper for short-term projects and might even be able to get to work on your project straight away!

So, how do you find your next freelancer? Well, it’s simpler than you might think. Start by reading our list of useful websites then place an advert for work or get in contact with a freelancer directly.

  1. Upwork.
    Upwork is one of the big hitters with 12 million registered freelancers and five million registered clients. As such it’s a good place to find a broad range of talent in a number of fields including web development, design, customer service, writing and even accounting. Post your job and Upwork will match you with potential freelancers. Once you’ve browsed their profiles and decided on the best candidate you can even use Upwork to share files, keep in touch and collaborate.
  1. Toptal.
    Specialized in developers, designers and finance experts, Toptal is the website to use if you’re looking for the very best. They pride themselves on offering the top 3% of talent so there’s no race to the bottom between competing freelancers here. The screening process for freelancers is vigorous so you know you’ll be matched with a capable and proven achiever.
  1. Textbroker.
    If you’ve got writer’s block, or simply no writers on your payroll, Textbroker is a marketplace specifically for content creators. What’s useful for small businesses is how the fees are set. Writers are rated between 2 and 5 stars and prices range from 1.3 to 7.2 cents per word accordingly. Use it for blog posts, product descriptions, website content and even technical documents.
  1. 99 Designs.
    The site to use when you need a new logo, website, poster, menu, product packaging, the list is endless. Simply, if you need a good designer head to 99 Designs and upload your brief. Designers will then brainstorm ideas and compete to win your ‘design contest’. The larger the prize you offer, the better caliber of designer you’ll attract.
  1. Fiverr.
    The wildcard. Fiverr works like an online marketplace where freelancers offer their services for $5 a project. The projects can be anything from a new logo to a video review of your homepage or even a personalized rap song for your business. Add extras such as the original source file or a watermark on your logo and you’ll pay a few dollars more. Use it for speedy jobs like a new Facebook cover photo or personalized social media images made with flair.

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