If your business is starting to get off the ground a little bit (finally!) I’m sure you’re thinking about getting some help and maybe hiring someone.
Of course, you can simply go to craigslist, write about the kind of person you’re looking for and how much you’re willing to pay, but in the end, there are better ways of finding new pair of hands to work.
First and foremost, you have to decide whether or not you need someone full-time; for a single project; or just to do a specific one-time task. This is an important decision because it usually determines the payment model you’ll end up implementing.
For example, if you need just one specific task (or one specific kind of task) done every now and then, hiring someone full-time might not be the best idea. Let me give you an example. I am not a native English speaker, which means that I need someone to proofread my articles. I’m not hiring this person full-time because I’m not producing that amount of written content. So we’ve agreed upon a per-page rate and it seems to be working just fine for both of us.
Ok, let’s get to the list already!
Where to get one-time, simple tasks done fast
I’m using this site very often. There’s no better place on the internet to get all kinds of tasks done for $5. The main categories cover various areas such as: graphics, video, social marketing, writing, advertising, programming, and more. Apart from standard kinds of tasks like getting an article written for $5, or a PowerPoint presentation designed for $5 (everything’s for $5 by the way, hence the name Fiverr), you can also buy some unusual services like getting a forum/twitter display picture (aka avatar) created in Japanese anime style, for example. Really worth checking out.
A site very similar to Fiverr. The main difference is that here you can also find services for $10 and $20. It might be worth checking out, but Fiverr is a bigger site with more interesting offers (in my opinion, of course).
Hiring on a per-project basis
This is one of the most popular places online for finding freelancers. The main idea is simple. After you post a job description (a project description you’re working on) you’ll receive a number of proposals from freelancers willing to work for you. Furthermore, Elance provides tools for time tracking and viewing work in progress. Each project receives a special workroom where you can collaborate with your contractors. Elance is a leader in its field not without a reason.
More than 2 million registered users prove that Freelancer.com is one of the market’s leaders. You can use it to find specialists in such fields as: programming, SEO, writing, design, marketing and many more. To find a contractor you just have to post a project and wait for bids to come. Then choose one that impresses you the most. Unfortunately, the service is not free. If you need someone for a bigger project, finding them elsewhere might be cheaper.
Similar to Elance but focused on slightly more technical areas of work (you can still hire writers, SEOs and marketers though). It’s a great place to post programming or design projects. To find a contractor, you just have to post a project and in response freelancers will submit their quotes (just like on Elance). There’s also a section for long term projects, so you can use it to find full-time employees too.
Yet another site for finding freelancers. There’s really nothing that different about this one. Check it out to find professionals such as: accountants, business consultants, engineers, designers, marketers, programmers, writers, and other professions. One more thing. There’re no commissions or transaction fees here (unless you’re searching for work, in which case you’ll have to buy a monthly subscription).
What’s good about oDesk is that they provide a way of verifying the time spent on your project, so you always get billed accordingly. Apart from that it’s another site where you can post a project or browse available contractors and choose the one whose portfolio or project history impresses you the most. A good overall service that’s worth checking out.
This site lets you post a project, browse through the profiles of various freelancers, or find a contractor near your location. Apart from that you can use their escrow system of payment, which makes the whole transaction a lot safer. Guru.com has one of the largest databases of freelancers – more than 1 million of them.
It’s simple; post a project and receive quotes from people willing to get the work done. More than 300,000 freelancers registered. Simple and effective. No posting fee.
This is a really straightforward site that can help you find a web designer for your new website. I know it’s a strictly web-design-centered place, but online entrepreneurs need this kind of services very often, so I thought it might be helpful. The site is very easy to use. You can start by selecting the city (presumably your current location) and the amount of money you’re willing to spend, and in return you get a list of designers or design firms that match the criteria. Fast and simple. Works much better than Googling “web designer in Toronto for under $3000″.
Finding a full-time employee
This is an online job board for Filipinos. Since you’re an employer you can visit it to browse hundreds of profiles and possibly to find a person possessing the skills you’re looking for. OnlineJobs.ph won’t help you with getting the legal stuff done. It’s only a discovery tool, but checking it out is well worth it. In case you’re not aware of this, Filipinos are known for their very good English skills, and somewhat Western-style mentality, so there’s no cultural barrier.
This is my top choice for full-time hiring of virtual assistants who are really willing to work. You can browse through hundreds of profiles and find a valuable person without spending a dime on any fees. The website does not have a very attractive design but don’t let that scare you off. Just give it a while and I’m sure you’ll find a great employee. Just like I did.
The name is pretty self-explanatory. You can visit it and browse through hundreds of virtual assistants’ profiles to find the one who seems to fit your requirements the most. A site similar to OnlineJobs.ph.
14. Agents of Value
This might be a good starting point for you if you need a link builder, a content writer, a webmaster or a virtual assistant, and you don’t have the time to look for them on your own. Agents of Value is a virtual staff leasing company. What it basically means is that you post a quote and they find you an employee who fits your criteria. The prices start at $625 per month.
Another place where you can go to hire someone without getting your hands dirty. What you do is just sign up for the service ($350 upfront), and submit your job description. The guys at Virtual Staff Finder will find a number of possible employees and test them to come up with the list of three final candidates. Your task is to interview them and choose the one you want to hire.
A service very similar to the previous ones. Just tell them what kind of work you need done, and the team at Zirtual will find you a perfect assistant in three weeks time. Kind of fast, and surely very simple.
This concludes the list. Now it’s your turn to speak up. Please share, what’s the website you had the most success with when hiring a new staff member? Do you know of any other websites that should have their place on this list?
About the author: Karol K. (@carlosinho) is a 20-something year old web 2.0 entrepreneur from Poland who hates doing business but loves to train capoeira. But anyway, tune in to get his advice on starting an online business.
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