The freelance industry is growing rapidly. Businesses are beginning to expand or shrink their workforces in accordance with customer demand and to keep low overheads. This blog aims to give you a better insight into the virtual freelance market and some tips to abide by when choosing a virtual freelancer.

Fit the freelancer in with your team

Bringing in a virtual freelancer can be  more difficult to manage than having somebody in-house. They don’t get treated the same as a physical member of staff due to their lack of office presence, that’s why it’s important to try and incorporate your freelancer in the company as much as possible. You can do this by giving your virtual freelancer regular updates as to what’s going on in the company, especially if it’s going to affect the task or project they’re working on.  This will also help give your virtual freelancer a better understanding of what your company does and how it operates.

Budget wisely

The great thing about using a virtual freelancer is that you can fit the project or task to your budget. More often than not, using a virtual freelancer that charges very little for their service means you get what you pay for – a cheap low quality service. Virtual freelancers that work abroad can very often work for as little as possible as they compete on price for freelance work as opposed to quality or skill they offer. On the other end of the spectrum, you don’t want to price work too high as the quality of the work might not live up to your expectations or in case you end up paying over the odds for the type of work to be completed. Ideally, you want to get a fair price for the work being completed by your virtual freelancer,  which you can do by weighing up whether the task you’re giving your freelancer is worth the price you’re paying. For technical projects that require a lot of time, you’d expect to pay a higher price than if someone was managing your social media channels.

Provide a thorough brief

Your virtual freelancer can’t complete the job to the standard you expect without a well-thought-out brief to work off. If possible, incorporate a timescale and ask for regular feedback from your virtual freelancer. This will also help you to manage your budget if a project is taking longer than you envisaged. Maintaining a good correspondence with your freelancer will benefit both parties and you will soon to learn about each others expectations and the way each other work. Start by delegating some tasks to get a better feel for how your freelancer works and their capabilities.  Don’t forget that perseverance can often pay dividends with the right freelancer, you both need to learn how each other work and when you do the results can be very beneficial to your business.

Build relationships

If you recruit a virtual freelancer, try and build a relationship with the company you’re hiring from. This can often be difficult when using a task marketplace or  an agency where you don’t even get the opportunity to speak to your freelancer. At Virtalent, we strive to get to know all of our clients so that we can get a better understanding of their company, their needs and the way they like to work. We match the right student to the right client, so the client doesn’t have to risk using the wrong freelancer or waste countless hours trying to find the right person, only for them to not carry out work to the right specification.

The freelance industry has often been untouched by businesses in the last 10 years yet nowadays we can see the virtual freelancer industry changing rapidly and it’s expected to grow even more drastically in the coming years. Eight out of ten employers identify the benefits of hiring a freelancer to help alleviate skills gaps or workload pressures in their business.

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