When people hear about outsourcing, what often comes to mind are two things: Loss of jobs and cheap labor. There have been many sensitive issues in the world of outsourcing jobs to developing nations, and one can only wonder if these are truth or fiction. Over the weekend, I have encountered many discussions on the web about these issues, where outsourcing is thought to be a modern-day slavery in the virtual world.
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Ever wonder what’s the difference between ‘important’ and ‘urgent?’ Being a freelancer means constant fear of the unknown – of unstable income and not knowing when the next project will start. This is the main reason why many freelancers get into the greedy plate mode, where they take more projects than they can really chew. This is where the problem starts.
Many small businesses commit the mistake of doing it their own way when it comes to handling specific needs. They would rather have regular employees manage the matter instead. This is set for failure. When it comes to business planning, bringing in an expert from the outside can reap great rewards.
Imagine a second date with someone. Do you make that call? Or, how about turning your cellphone into a silent mode as it rings for the nth time, from someone desperate to hear your voice? The same things happen with your clients. If you don’t have that poise in making a good follow-up move, you’ll miss many chances, for sure. The question now is: How do you make a follow up without sounding too creepy?
The last thing you want when hiring a freelancer is to get trapped in legal land mines and messy situations. With the rise of demands for freelancers comes new issues that were not anticipated before. Even existing labor laws can barely keep up with the fast pace of the outsourcing world. Before you get too excited hiring the lowest priced bidder for your budget, take a deep breath. Pause. Are you really ready to outsource work?
Working as a freelancer has its ups and downs. When times are slow, the last thing you want is to feel the time is wasted. Even seasoned freelancers can find themselves in dry times, when there’s no project to work on. Instead of sitting around, you can take this moment to build things that will help you get a steady pool of projects in less than no time.
If you are a client, chances are you have a list of what makes a good freelancer. You must know that freelancers do have a list too and it is worthy asking yourself if you make that list. Why is it important to be a dream client? Simple. You can get the best results from your freelance worker. If you’re clueless to this secret list many freelancers keep, it is now time to take a peek.
We have always been told to dream big… and this can mean chasing after the big projects in the freelance sphere. There’s nothing wrong with that. Working with big names doesn’t only convert to big bucks, but also to one’s prestige. From fortune 500 companies to popular websites, there’s this stereotype idea that freelancing for large projects means a steady stream of income and a fat paycheck to boot. Who wouldn’t want that?