In today’s economy small businesses everywhere are looking to cut costs wherever they can to improve their bottom line. Freelancer.com provides the opportunity to cut cost and network with freelancers around the world.
Freelancer.com hosts upwards of 3 million professional freelancers. Small businesses can reduce overhead by outsourcing short-term or long-term projects. When Aleem Mushtaq needed a website for his midtown Atlanta-based online fruit and vegetables store he turned to Freelancer.com. Offering fresh fruits and vegetables at reduced prices with free delivery exclusively to midtown Atlanta residences and offices alike, Mushtaq sought a reduction in overhead for his flourishing small business Fruitables.org.
“I needed to find a way to build a website for taking orders that would be affordable and fast. I posted the project to freelancer.com and I had dozens of freelancers to choose from in the first few hours,” Mushtaq explains.
Mushtaq ultimately chose two freelancers, one in India (to build the website) and one in Serbia (for graphic designs). Mushtaq went on to say,”I used the graphic designer more than once she also does my brochures and business cards. I am very satisfied with the work and the cost of doing business. As a small business owner I must keep my expenses down and freelancer.com is a really good resource that accommodates this. I can get things done and it can be used for any project.”
The site boasts other great perks such as low commissions and not having to pay for a project until it is completed. The small business owner posts a project, selects a freelancer, and pays a deposit. When the job is completed and the business owner is satisfied, the project is paid in full. If for some reason their is a dispute freelancer.com has a team to assist both parties involved.
William Foster, a computer network administrator and graphic designer based in metro Atlanta, needed assistance working on email servers outside of the country for his company. Freelancer.com provided a cost effective solution. One year later, Foster uses the website to assist him with various assignments.
“I have ‘X’ amount of projects a week, I could do if I had time but I don’t have the time so I outsource the work. As long as you are specific about your expectations they [independent contractors] do an awesome job for less.”
Foster has sucessfully used freelancers in Missouri and Ukraine for projects such as web consulting, web programming, and video editing.
Bigger corporations can afford to pay thousands of dollars for outsourced work, whereas a small business may be out of business if they had no other options to chose from. CEO of freelancer.com, Matt Barrie understands small business and he is proud to offer an alternative solution for subcontracting work.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy. The site allows business owners to be managers of business instead of employers,” states Barrie.
Small businesses not only reduce their overall expenses, but they are afforded the opportunity to hire a freelancer that lives in a country that can survive on just $5 a day. A $200 job would allow that person to pay their expenses and help improve their community.
“It’s a magical thing to go online and make a month’s salary in a few days. The whole industry will change the way we live our lives,” Barrie commented.
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