Check the new features of Upwork

milestones

New features for freelancers

Freelancers can now create milestones 

From now on, freelancers will be able to create milestones to their fixed price contracts. They will be able to do so when they’r submitting proposals for fixed-price projects over 100$.

they can provide an amount, description, and optional due date to each milestone.

This feature is very important especially for big projects. Because clients will have to pay the agreed amount in milestones. Thus for projects that lasts for long time, freelancers will not have to wait until project ends to get paid.

Dividing fixed-price projects into milestones is not new to Upwork. But in the past only clients were allowed to use this option to create milestones.

Clients will also have the option to edit freelancers milestones. Then freelancers can accept or decline the edits made by clients.

New features for clients

Client Rehire Freelancer Button:

Now clients will see a rehire a freelancer button as they create a new job post. That would be very useful for freelancer as it will allow clients to reach their freelancers easily for new projects. Formerly, clients used to create a regular job posts and then mention the name of the desired freelancer in job description or job title it self. As we used to see job posts entitled “This job is for John”.  and that was very confusing for other freelancers who sees similar job posts. now clients can hire their freelancers directly without annoying others with jobs posted for a specific freelancer.

New features for freelancers and clients

Private Notepad in Messages:

Upwork also added a new feature in the messages page allowing users to add private notes. Both freelancers and clients can see and use this notepad adding private notes. It can be used as a to-do-list or so.  The noted written in this notepad will not be visible to the opponent.

 

The following topics can be useful for you too: 

The 20 fastest growing freelance skills., US Q4 2016 on Upwork

Upwork release the: Future work force report – 2017

 

 

How to register, add new Gig, and earn money online from Fiverr part3

Best Fiverr Guide

Part 3 (Gig Promoting and Buyer requests)

Selling and marketing

First: Buyer requests

Although the main concept in Fiverr is to have sellers offer their services so that clients can buy them according to their needs, Fiverr allows clients to put requests and sellers can bid on them using their Gigs.

Sellers can find such requests in the buyer requests page.

It is notable here that sellers will see only the requests of the same category of their Gigs. So if you have one Gig only under the graphic design category you would see only buyer requests in this category.

Hence it is highly recommended to create as many Gigs as you are permitted to in different categories. That means if you have a skill in other category rather than graphic design you better create a Gig for it. On the other hand creating all Gigs in graphic design only wouldn’t be a wise idea.

To access buyer requests page from Fiverr home page click on Settings then choose buyer requests from the drop down menu (see Figure 1).

Buyer requests
Figure 1

Bellow figure 2 shows how buyer requests page look like.

best fiverr guide - buyer request
Figure 2

To bid your offer on a request we move the mouse cursor over it. Then a Send offer green button will show up on the right (see figure 2). Click on Send offer button to bid your offer then you will see the following picture (see figure 3)

Best fiverr guide - buyer requests
Figure 3

In this window you can see a list of your gigs. Select the Gig of the same category of the request. We will select our logo design Gig here. Then we can write a brief description of our offer in the next window (see figure 4).

best fiverr guide
Figure 4

In this window we should determine the delivery time and your offer details.

Note: you are allowed to bid on only 10 requests per day.

Second: How to promote my Gig.

Whenever you create a new gig you can share it to social media in the 6th phase of creating a new Gig (see part 2).

You can share your Gig to Facebook, Googe+, Linkedin, and Twitter.

So you better have an account in each one of them so you can share to it.

As long as Facebook is the most widey used social media platform we will focus on it.

Gig promoting in Facebook:

The very basic thing you can do here is to share your Gig to your timeline. Thus all your followers will be able to see it.

However, that is not the perfect practice in our situation.

The perfect practice is to create a special account for your business. Then you can add only who may be interested in your services.

  • Share to Gig promoting Facebook groups

After you create a new account and add friends you will need to join Facebook groups created by other sellers to allow other sellers promote their gigs in.

Fortunately there is tens of similar Facebook groups.

Mainly focus on the groups that contain the biggest number of member. Facebook policy allows you to join up to 6000 Facebook groups.

Here is a list of some groups you can share your gigs to:

– https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyFiverrGigs/

– https://www.facebook.com/groups/FiverrGigsNetwork

– https://www.facebook.com/groups/1762397437372875/

– https://www.facebook.com/groups/FiverrPakistan/

– https://www.facebook.com/groups/fiverrhelpbangladesh/

– https://www.facebook.com/groups/fiverr.help.2015/

– https://www.facebook.com/groups/fiverr007/

– https://www.facebook.com/groups/1462836250599476/

– https://www.facebook.com/groups/Fiverrnetwork/

  • share to Facebook pages.

You can create a face book page too to share your gigs in a specific category to it. You may share any related topics to it also to get more audience.

  • Share to Facebook groups of potential customers

If you are offering Logo design service in your Gig for example you might share it to startup business groups. The same thing you can do with any other category. Remember to read groups rules before you share to it. Some groups don’t allow similar posts.

Here is how to share your post to a Facebook group:

If you are creating a new gig and you reached to Phase 6 “Publish“  (see figure 5 the same as figure 16 in previous Part).

Post Gig to Facebook
Figure 5

Now click on Share on your own timeline link to open the drop down menu (see Figure 6).

Best Fiverr Guide
Figure 6

Select Share in a Group to open the following window (see Figure 6)

Type the name of the group you want to share to then click on Post to Facebook button. Now your post is shared and then you are redirected to the following page (see Figure 7)

Best Fiverr Guide
Figure 7

To share to other groups click on the button on the right of your Gig. Then select share from the drop down menu as shown in figure 7.  This will get you back to the window in figure 6 and from here just repeat what you just did changing only the name of the group each time.

Repeat this until you share on all the groups you want.

To share to a Facebook page you manage go to one of the posts you just shared and click on Share to your Own Timeline but this time select Share to a page you manage.

Sharing in Google+

Open your gig and click on the Google logo on the right (see figure 8). And just click on the share button. You can add a comment if you want.

Best Fiverr guide
Figure 8

Sharing in other social media platforms

The same way you can share in Linked in and Twitter.

Consider using relative Hash tags in twitter. This makes your Tweet visible to those who search for the particular tag you hashed. For example but a hash tag before the word Fiverr and the word Gig.

Hint: you can connect social media accounts and allow one account to auto share your posts to all of your other accounts on other social media platforms.

Finally I wish you the best luck.

I hope you found this article useful

 

Part 1

How to register, add new Gig, and earn money online from Fiverr – Part 1

Part 2

How to register, add new Gig, and earn money online from Fiverr part2

 

PPH raises service fees to 20% starting on May 1st

PPH new service fee

PPH new service fee

PeoplePerHour is not the first freelance platform to raise it’s service fees. In May 2016 Upwork (Formerly oDesk) announced a new sliding service fee. According to which freelancers charged 20% of their earnings unless they make 500$+ in all contracts of the same client. Thus Upwork freelancers who work with different clients paid 20% service fees.

Now PPH announced a PPH new service fee “scheme. According to it if you earn less than  £500 | €600 | $650 in any month, your fee will be 20%. (For Sellers registered after March 21, 2017).

PPH justified the new service fee scheme saying “Established and loyal members, worry not! …… we will continue honouring this for our regular and loyal Sellers”. but by the end of the announcement they said “Bear in mind that if you do miss the monthly goal, you will automatically fall into the newly designed Service Fee scheme. Therefore we advise you to remember to invoice Buyers regularly!”. A saying that made PPH sellers ask “What kind of  honoring? punishing us for missing the monthly Goal?”. It must be a silly joke or an April lie as silly as Upwork joke saying “Ubama joined Upwork”.

It was actually almost the same poor, and insane justification as Upwork’s when they announced their new service fee sliding. Upwork justification was “To this point, Upwork has subsidized the costs of processing payments on the platform. With this change, clients making payments on Upwork will be paying a portion of this cost.” . That means Upwork is still subsidizing a portion of the costs of processing payments!!.

PPH sellers opinions:

PPH new service fee met with angry sellers who didn’t like the new service fee scheme. We quote bellow some PPH freelancer’s opinions about it.

 

mzalewski: “Not sure I’m happy about this. It’s obvious you’re trying to convert existing users over to the newer rates”

Paul: “How many people are you prepared to lose to other platforms due to this change? For those of us who are VAT registered like myself, for example, if we were forced onto that structure because of a “dry month”, we get £300 out of the first £500. I would be far happier to pay a monthly subscription as with other platforms than this.”

Eno Eteng: “I would have been happier if something was given to Sellers such as extra connects. Why would I have to get stuck with my 15 connects and still have to pay 20% of work done with such a measly amount of Connects? At least on Upwork, I get to bid for 30 jobs with free connects. Here, we pay for everything: profile features, extra connects, etc!”

Adam: “20% ?? For what? Pure and simple it’s a cash grab.”

 

Our review

When Upwork started its new  sliding service fee too many freelancers left the platform. They started working on other platforms such as Fiverr. But the amount of freelancers left upwork didn’t have a big effect because Upwork had already a huge number of freelancers since the join of Odesk and Elance. On the other hand PPH with only 1.5M registered users it would be worse losing a portion of talented sellers.

 

 

Meet the most important freelancer on Upwork: “Barack Obama”

barack obama freelancer

The dream team of talented freelancers

upwork rainmakers

6 hours Ago 

“We’re announcing Upwork Rainmakers, a “dream team” of talented freelancers. Each individual brings unparalleled skills and experience to clients, adding to the quality talent already available through Upwork.” said Lena E

“Among the Upwork Rainmakers already confirmed are:

  • Barack Obama – political consulting
  • Kim Kardashian – social media marketing
  • Tina Fey – script writing
  • Banksy – logo design
  • Dalai Lama – Zendesk
  • Warren Buffett – financial forecasting
  • Angela Merkel – German translation
  • Richard Branson – cloud services
  • Marc Benioff – Salesforce
  • Cristiano Ronaldo – business goals
  • Siri – language recognition

Each Upwork Rainmaker will set his or her rate, depending upon the project and scope, and will be available for contracts beginning on Saturday, April 1.” she continued.

 

Did you believe this announcement. 🙂

Just don’t. Actually it was a silly joke by announced on Upwork Blog which “falls on April Fools Day”. That was a joke that really got every one on upwork community and even on other social media.

Actually Upwork team released the announcement first on the Official Upwork announcement board by Lina E. In which she said “For more information, read our blog post here.”. Then when you follow the link to the blog you will find out that it was a big joke. Nice trek by upwork to get some attention.  Though might think it is not acceptable joke to be said by a professional remote work platform like upwork.

 

Related topics

Upwork: we plan to extend the “waiting period” to retake a skill test

The 20 fastest growing freelance skills., US Q4 2016 on Upwork

http://freelancers.city/test-post/

Upwork verifying freelancer’s profile details by video chat

 

 

Upwork release the: Future work force report – 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Upwork: we plan to extend the “waiting period” to retake a skill test

skill test

Upwork community manager announced at earlier time of January 2017 that Upwork is planning to extend the “waiting period”  freelancers should wait to retake an Upwork skill test.

Introduction

Although Upwork skills tests is one of the most powerful advantages as a remote work platform. Not only because there is tests for most of the skills but also because its free of charge. Other freelance platforms like freelancer.com charges fees on skills tests .

“We have a couple of options in mind for the new “waiting period”, 90 days and 180 days. This would mean that after taking a Skill Test, if you tried retaking that same test, you’d be blocked from doing so until either 90 days or 180 days have passed.” said  , Upwork community manager

 

Upwork Community members sample reviews

Freelancers reviews 🙁

“The skills tests are hopelessly outdated. Making us wait longer to retake them won’t change that. All of the Adobe software tests, for example, are at least three years behind, and don’t reflect any of the new features of the Creative Cloud model. The basic English language tests are available by a quick Google to get 100% without any effort.”

“Hello. Kindly leave the tests’ wait time the way they are. Do not extend the waiting period so outrageously.”

“Wrong direction. 30 days is way too long. One week, or 10 days is plenty of time. ”

Clients reviews 🙂

“In general I don’t find test results that useful as a client. I glance at them but rarely use them to make a recruiting decision, because I find they’re not very indicative of skill at the moment. So improvements to the test system across the board would be welcome.”

“I like the 90 day option because it could, indeed, encourage the freelancer to improve their skills.  I also like it because it might be effective in discouraging wannabe freelancers who probably don’t belong on the platform in the first place.”

 

Our review

It seems that the free concept is resulting in lazy testing system. Everyone can notice that questions are not changing for long while. That was the reason Upwork set a long waiting time of 30 days before a freelancer can retake the same test.

But instead of developing the tests adding new questions, Upwork team came up with a poor idea. The brilliant idea is to extend the already long “waiting time” 3 time or 6 times longer.

Freelancers in Upwork used to retake skills tests for two reasons:

1- if they failed in a test.

2- if they wish to get a higher score.

The time extending idea might be reasonable only in the second case. Freelancers who passed the test would face no problem waiting a bit longer to enhance their score. But in the first case it is completely unfair to make freelancers wait even for 30 days. Given that some skills may only take two weeks to learn.

 

Conclusion

Extending the test retake time to 90 days instead of 30 would make no difference. The best thing Upwork can do at this point, is to increase the pool of questions. Or may be Upwork should use a third party to have a professional testing system.

 

Related topics:

The 20 fastest growing freelance skills., US Q4 2016 on Upwork

http://freelancers.city/test-post/

Upwork verifying freelancer’s profile details by video chat

Upwork release the: Future work force report – 2017

Transcription work: 17 freelance transcription job websites for beginners

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1- http://www.accutranglobal.com/

Established in 2002, AccuTran Global is a full-service Canadian transcription company providing services to clients around the world.

With our established network of North American transcriptionists and editors, AccuTran Global is a proven and reliable partner for all your transcription needs. Our high level of accuracy and ability to meet tight turnaround times make us the right choice for all your outsourcing projects. Whatever your requirements are, AccuTran Global takes pride in providing personal service to meet your individual needs.

Pay rate is by the word ($0.005 to start).

2- Appenscribe 

Appenscribe offers global transcription jobs online. So if you are fluent in multiple languages, you will have more work available to you. To get started, you will need to create an account and pass two small transcription tests. Contractors report different pay rates, but you can expect a rate of about $0.005 per word. Payments are made twice a month. Work is not always available through Appenscribe, but when work is available, you can claim it any time day or night!

Rate of about $0.005 per word

3- Bam!

We have openings in our transcription department for high quality corporate and legal transcriptionists, doing audio files for Social Security, Veterans Affairs, Immigration, as well as legal and corporate clients. We do not do any medical transcription.

Rates of pay depend on the job, turnaround time, and the quality of your work. The upper range of the scale will be given to those with 99% accuracy consistently.

 

4- CastingWords

CastingWords has two ways for transcriptionists to find work: The CastingWords Workshop and Mechanical Turk. Through their Workshop, they offer has transcription jobs online in 66 countries. Through Mechanical Turk (MT) you’ll never know what you will find–sometimes there are a ton of HITS (MT lingo for jobs) and other times, there is hardly anything. The pay rates vary from job to job, but all you need is $1.00 in your account to request payout.

5- Crowdsurf

CrowdSurf is a dedicated community of freelance transcriptionists working to create video captions for deaf, hard of hearing and second language viewers.

We offer short transcription tasks, available day and night, so that you can work anytime, anywhere! It’s free to sign-up, you’ll be paid instantly, and we offer several opportunities for growth and promotion.

Once your Work Market account is set up, apply to join CrowdSurf as a new CrowdSurf transcriber, review the guidelines, and take a brief assessment to join the CrowdSurf group.

Once you’ve passed the assessment, we will create a new account for you on the CrowdSurfWork platform. This usually takes 3-5 business days. When your account is ready we will send login instructions to your Work Market email.

Just follow the instructions in your email. All of your work will be available on the CrowdSurfWork platform.

6- Daily Transcription

Daily Transcription has been providing quality transcription and translation services for over a decade. Our history shows the thoroughness with which we work for our clients, accomplishing their needs. We have transcribed millions of hours of footage for thousands of clients.  In fact, you might say we have perfected the art of transcription and translation.  So much so that our competitors have tried to copy our systems.

What sets us apart is we don’t outsource overseas, we use real American transcribers and we pay a living wage. We don’t use bots or voice recognition software either. This enables us to have the top transcriptionists and translators in the country.

We pride ourselves in providing the highest level of customer service to every client. Our goal is to provide you with excellent customer service and the highest level of quality – no matter how big or small the job.

7- Get Transcribed

Get Transcribed offers transcription jobs online and reviewer positions, too. Of course, you have to work your way up to the reviewer/QA positions, but if you do, you can earn $0.12 per minute you review on top of the $0.23 per minute you transcribe. Payments are made once a month via PayPal, but you need to have earned at least $100.00 otherwise your earnings rollover to the next month.

 

8- GMR Transcription

GMR Transcription was founded in 2004, and we’ve been fortunate enough to experience tremendous growth since then. Our driving mission is delivering high-quality transcription and translation services at affordable prices. We provide a unique personalized service to ensure your every need is accommodated.

9- Neal R. Gross 

Neal R. Gross & Co. is a Washington, DC based court reporting and transcription company. We have been in business over 35 years and provide verbatim court reporting and transcription services to a broad range of government and private clients.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • MUST TYPE AT LEAST 60 WPM
  • EXCELLENT COMMAND OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE
  • MUST BE ABLE TO WORK A MINIMUM OF 30 HOURS PER WEEK

If you type over 60 words per minute and need to work from home, you may be what we’re looking for in a legal transcriber. No transcription experience necessary, but you must be willing and able to work on overnight delivery. Timeliness is a must, as are excellent English language skills. Please apply only if you can transcribe at least 5 hours of audio per week.

10- RNK Transcription

For over 10 years, RNK Productions has taken pride in providing quality services at competitive prices. With over 20 combined years of experience in both production and post-production, we are aware of the importance of accuracy, timeliness, and attention to detail when it comes to our clients’ needs.

We specialize in entertainment related transcriptions, including but not limited to one-on-one interviews, OTF interviews, reality show transcriptions, field tape transcriptions, B-Roll logging, As Broadcast Scripting and Continuity Scripting. We can also accomodate psychiatric as well as legal transcriptions. See our Transcription Services page for complete details.

11- Scribie

Scribie.com offers a great opportunity to augment your income by transcribing audio files for us. The work involves listening to the audio files and typing or dictating it as accurately as possible. You just need to go through a test process and get certified as a transcriber. Once certified you will be paid for the files you transcribe on an audio hour basis. For each submission, your Scribie.com account will be credited with the appropriate dollar amount. Your earnings will accumulate and you can transfer it to your PayPal account anytime. From PayPal, the funds can be transferred to your bank account. There are no monthly commitments or minimum withdrawal limits. Payments are made once a day.

If you are an experienced transcriber and have spare time, then Scribie.com can help you to fill that up. If you are starting your career as a transcriptionist then you can gain valuable experience and hone your skills on Scribie.com.

We have transcribed more than 1,979,277.18 minutes of audio since 2008 and have paid around $869,450.46 to our certified transcribers. Around14076 home-based freelancers from all around the world have have successfully cleared our transcription test till date.

12. Tigerfish

Tigerfish offers flexible transcription jobs online. They have a ton of different project types available (focus groups, interviews, law enforcement, documentaries). You will have to complete three five-minute tests in order to be considered for paid projects. These five-minute tests should take you about 20 minutes each to complete (if you are going way over the 20-minute mark per test, transcribing may not be worthwhile for you).

13- TranscribeMe!

TranscribeMe! posts transcription jobs online for English and Spanish typists. The first step is filling out a form. After that, you will be directed to take a test. If you pass, someone from their Operations Department will contact you within 48 hours to discuss the next steps (don’t worry, if you fail, you can retake the exam in 24 hours). Transcribers get paid per audio hour. Payments are made every week.

14-  Ubiqus

Ubiqus is a global leader in language, transcription, and event services with industry-leading divisions in the fields of translation, language interpretation, transcription of audio and video, audience polling, audio recording, and event badges. Through the integration of more than 16 companies across North America and Europe, and the ability to extend service coverage and flexibility globally, Ubiqus has been a partner to more than 21,000 clients worldwide.

biqus is continuously searching for qualified, talented individuals to join our team of language, transcription, and event professionals. Whether you are seeking to start your career or interested in changing your current path, Ubiqus offers a range of opportunities. To be considered for full-time or freelance opportunities, submit your CV and cover letter per the instructions for each opening.

15- 1-888-TYPE-IT-UP

Formerly, Verbal Fusion, 1-888-TYPE-IT-UP pays the best starting rate for transcription jobs online for beginners. You must be a U.S. resident and fill out a short questionnaire to be considered. When they are hiring, you will be contacted and asked to take a short transcription test. If you pass, you can be hired on as a contractor. Keep in mind, it might be weeks or months before you are invited to test. So even if you think you might be remotely interested in this opportunity, it is best to get your application in ASAP!

16- Verbal Ink

We’re always looking for highly skilled linguists to add to our growing team. If you’re interested in applying to work for Verbal Ink as an English language transcriptionist, please email us at jobs@verbalink.com. Here’s an articlethat covers in detail what we’re looking for in a transcriptionist. If you are applying as a proofreader, copywriter, or editor, please indicate that in your email as well.

If you’re interested in applying to work for us as a translator or foreign language transcriptionist, please email us at translation@verbalink.com along with the language you are applying for.

In both cases, please attach your resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. We’re eager to hear from you and keep all resume submissions on file, but we may not be able to respond to you right away. No phone calls, please.

17- 3Play Media

We are looking for contract transcriptionists/editors to transcribe recorded audio and edit imperfect transcription using our proprietary internet-based software application. Since all transcription work is performed remotely, you will need a good computer and a high speed internet connection. As a contract transcriptionist/editor, you would decide which projects to accept, how much you work, and when and where you perform your work. To be a good candidate, you need to be able to provide expert transcribing services independently and be able to provide a quick turnaround on a finished work product (as a given project may require). In addition to the qualifications below, you are required to take and pass a series of proficiency tests to demonstrate your transcription skills prior to being engaged as a contract transcriptionist/editor.

You are required to have Typing ability of at least 75 wpm

related topics:

freelancers.city/audio-typing-perfect-work-beginners/

Freelancer Annual report of 2015: the most interesting spots

freelancer users

Freelancer Annual report: the most interesting spots

Number of users

The number of freelancers and clients registered on freelancer.com reached 18.5 Million users.  In 2005 This number was about 2 Million users. So we can see that the number of users jumped about 925% in the past 10 years.

freelancer users (freelancer annual report)
The number of users in 2015 is about 9 times the number of users in 2005

Number of jobs

The total number of jobs and contests posted in freelancer was redefined in January  2016. Filtered for spam, advertising, test projects, or otherwise projects that are deemed bad and unable to be fulfilled.

Freelancer jobs (freelancer annual report)
The number of jobs increased about 16 times from 2005 to 2016

Investments

in  2015 more than 3 Billion US dollars invested in jobs posted with average job size of 156 US$. This makes freelancer.com one of the biggest online crowd sourcing platforms.

Other interesting facts

  • 65% of the jobs posted have received bids within only  seconds.
  • in  2015 freelancer supported 34 different language.
  • more than 900 different skills are available.
  • more than 700K user downloaded freelancer mobile app.

Contests

  • More than 8M contest entries have bid on More than 266K contests posted in 2015.
  • the number of contest increased by 51%.

 

Other interesting posts about freelancer.com 

Freelancer: Four Accounting Services You Can Outsource

What is online outsourcing? what it means for freelancers?

online workers

Online Outsourcing

What is outsourcing?

“Outsourcing is the strategic use of outside resources to perform activities traditionally handled by internal stuff and resources” Dave Griffiths

Online Outsourcing

“Online outsourcing or freelancing platforms match employers (firms and individuals) and workers to perform work online. The process of finding a job, performing the job and being paid for the job all take place online.”  SAORI IMAIZUMI

In 2013, at least 145 online outsourcing marketplaces or platforms were identified globally, although the true number is likely to be higher. Some of these platforms are very large: 17 million registered users at Freelancer and 9.7 million at Upwork. About 10 percent of registered workers are active.

The United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Israel are the top five hiring countries on oDesk (now part of Upwork)—the largest online freelancing platform. the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Israel are the top five hiring countries on oDesk (now part of Upwork)—the largest online freelancing platform.the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Israel are the top five hiring countries on oDesk (now part of Upwork)—the largest online freelancing platform.

Why Outsourcing?

The benefits of online outsourcing for workers:

1- They can access jobs with higher wags than many can access in their home countries.

2- They can work flexibly from home.

3- It enables workers to earn extra money besides regular jobs.

4- Workers can always select only the work they love to do.

5- Most online freelance platforms doesn’t require education certificates, unlike traditional hiring process for internal workers.

Figure 1: Main advantages and disadvantages of online work: Results from survey on Microworkers.com

online workers

Source: Survey of online workers on microworkers.com, where the majority of workers are from developing countries, especially South Asia. The survey was done as part of the background work for the World Development Report 2016.

The benefits of online outsourcing for employers:

1- Outsourcing reduce costs.

When internal stuff performs the work, the company will have to afford the costs of the facilities in which internal stuff will work. The rent of the office, electricity bills, … etc. Where as the costs to outsource the activities can be relatively way cheaper.

2- No long term commitments required with workers.

3- The ability of finding a high talented workers from any where in the world.

4- Fastest work turn over.

Many freelancers work even in holidays and any time of the day. This actually makes hiring a freelancer for a task is better than giving it to an internal worker. The internal worker will only work during the work time of the day and will not work in holidays absolutely.

5- Faster hiring process.

Employers can get an online worker hired, and start working on the job in literally a few minutes. While hiring a new internal worker to do the job might requires a few days in the best scenario.

 

Challenges of online outsourcing.

For employers

There is many challenges affects the success of the hiring process. There are also many challenges affects the quality of work they get. For example:

  • Well, lets face the fact that most freelancers in the world are from developing countries. Actually a study done by Payoneer shows that 40% of freelance jobs offered worldwide is taken by Indian freelancers only.
  • Although freelance platforms adopt different ways to verify the freelancers skills. It is too difficult to make sure online workers have the enough skills to have jobs done with good quality. In fact it is a big challenge for employers to test and verify the freelancers skills before using them.
  • Also the work turn over is a challenge it self because outsourcing work online can’t be directly supervised.

For online workers

there is challenges too, for example:

  • Inexperienced freelancers might be a victim to fraud because they are not aware of how to guarantee that employer is willing to pay.
  • Time control is not easy at all. So it is a big challenge for any freelancer to control his working hours especially for those who work from home.
  • Distraction elimination is another challenge. When you work from any where you are your supervisor so you probably wouldn’t be able to avoid distraction.
  • Marketing your work. When you work for others as an internal worker you never care about marketing. But working for your own, you have to market for your services in order to sell them, and this is a great challenge.

 

Discussion

 

The workforce in the biggest economies are rapidly heading to online outsourcing because its great benefits. So there lies a very promising opportunity for freelancers from all the countries to hunt.

Although we listed a long list of challenges or disadvantages of online freelance, it doesn’t make full time local work any better. Actually all the challenges discussed earlier can be easily beaten. For example employer can always ask the freelancer to do a sample work to make sure he got the required skills to do the job. Also freelancer can always manage their time and learn how to promote their services.

Finally, there is a lot of tips written by experienced freelancers and clients to help others overcome these challenges, we are listing some bellow:

 

 

 

India’s Freelance Economy is Booming in 2016

Burgeoning Startup Ecosystem in India

Since India has the second highest number of freelance professionals (about 15M), standing next only to the US (approx 53M). These 15M Indian freelancers take up a whopping 40% of total freelance jobs offered worldwide. Hence this clearly manifests the dominance of Indian Freelancers over their western counterparts.

Contract Hiring in India is Catching up

When we say that the US has 53M freelance professionals, it’s important to note that half of them work on contracts as consultants with one or more companies at a time. While India’s contract workforce is in nascent stages; however, India is catching up with the west as startups actively seek out senior professionals from various industries to work on contract – something they could not afford on full-time payroll .

Burgeoning Startup Ecosystem in India

India has the fastest growing startup ecosystem and the third highest number of technology driven startups worldwide, trailing behind only the US and the UK.

Burgeoning Startup Ecosystem in India

Most In-demand Skills for Freelancers in India in 2016

  1. Cloud and Distributed Computing.
  2. Content Marketing.
  3. User Interface Design.
  4. Graphics Design.
  5. Digital and Online Marketing.
  6. Web Architecture and Development Frameworks.
  7. Perl / Python / Ruby.
  8. Data Presentation.
  9. Mobile Development.
  10. Algorithm Design.
  11. Social Media Marketing.
  12. Game Development.
  13. Shell Scripting Languages.
  14. Middleware and integration software.
  15. PR and Communications.

The growing startup ecosystem in India, consequently growing demand and affinity of people for contract hiring, abundance of skilled professionals in India. Followed by growing Internet penetration and skyrocketing number of Internet and Mobile Internet users along with India’s reserved pool of women workforce. These are clear indicators signaling that the year 2016 has potential to twirl and refresh the freelancing scenario in India.

 

By: Prakarsh @Payoneer Blog