Finding great talent that understands your needs is one of the most challenging tasks an entrepreneur faces on a daily basis.
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Hiring freelancers is brilliant for temporary projects and testing new ideas when you’re growing a business. Freelancers can relieve labour constraints to do more without committing your company’s revenues to new full-time salaries. They can execute specific tasks while you focus on plans and strategy – sounds great, yes?
What jobs should freelancers do?
It is usually advised not to hire freelancers for a job that would have been otherwise filled by a full-time salaried worker. Throwing too many tasks at a freelancer (even if adequately compensated) without including them in team strategy and team dynamics will lead to bad synergy. Be specific about the nature of the job and level of commitment you require from your freelancers.
Don’t hire freelancers for core jobs you cannot absolutely do or don’t know much about especially if the job is complex. It’s essential that you and the newly hired freelancer speak the same language (figuratively) and can meet on specific task accomplishments. Instead, hire for jobs you can do, but don’t have time to. Your knowledge and experience with the job will help you set specific goal metrics for the new freelancer and ultimately cut a fine a line between failure and success. In other words, you will know if you hired the right skills to fill the right job. How much did it take to get the job done? What problems did you run into? The feedback and observations you will make will help make better recruitment choices once you’re ready to expand your team and operations.
How to write a stellar job position
Keep it short
Freelancers are constantly looking for new jobs and more revenues. Make it easier for them to grasp the job responsibilities and your business model by writing less and saying more. Do include specific tasks to be fulfilled, goals to be achieved and a brief line about the company (product, size, industry…). If you’re looking for answers for a problem of yours, ask for a proposal. Put it up front. The applicants won’t miss it.
Add the right skills
When posting a job position on Nabbesh.com, we will ask you to add skills that will help us direct you towards the best talent on our platform. This feature will help us categorize your job description to attract the right talent for your business. Vague skills will result in a flood of applications.
This is the most important section of your job position. Be clear about the nature of the job and the results you’re looking for. Discourage unqualified freelancers to apply or screen applications with a specific question they all have to answer. Other screening questions are previous relevant experience and previous sample work. Set approximate goals to introduce your freelancers to the work ahead of them.
Several Fortune 500 corporations hire remotely. They’re the likes of Walmart, Nintendo, Time Warner Cable, Bloomberg, GoPro and more. They understand the cost benefits of hiring remote workers and its direct consequences in their HR departments. Remote recruitment open room for payroll cuts, lower job turnover and more engagement.
Workers may choose remote jobs and communications for a multitude of reasons. Remote workers can attest to higher levels of productivity, life/work balance and a higher job satisfaction.
Hiring remotely is not a new phenomena. In fact, you’re pretty late to the game! In the U.S. alone,
remote work opportunities have increased 800 percent since 2005. A 2012 SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) survey indicates that the main reasons for remote recruitment are global expansion and boosting productivity (53% and 49 % percent of all respondents respectively).
Cut your payroll!
The global job market is now accessible through remote job marketplaces such as UpWork (North America), Nabbesh.com (Middle East) or Freelancer (Australia). These marketplaces are highly competitive. You can hire qualified workers within your budget who will do the same exact job as any other nine-to-fivers among your local talent pool. You will also pay less overheads by having less people in the main office. You will save a ton in office rent, significantly in rent-hike cities such as Dubai, Cairo, London, San Francisco and several other cities around the world.
Remote workers have helped redefine working hours from a regular 9 to 5 to a delivery time that starts at “assignment” and ends at “due date.” Save on wages by hiring workers who can deliver work outside of traditional office hours. Don’t pay them for idle hours spent at the office. They don’t want the money.
Scale your talent pool on demand
Chances are you’re in a city that makes sense for your business, but doesn’t provide enough new talent for your company’s sustainability. This is typical for smaller cities with small dwelling population or universities. You can hire the finest workers outside of your immediate locality either in your country or overseas. Remote work is a great option for talented workers who do not wish to move to new cities big or small alike for many reasons. The news is – you don’t have to comprise on skills anymore. Moms are a chief example of remote workers who can’t always change locations because of family commitments.
Grow your business faster
There are a few tech companies that are 50+ percent remote. This means that more than half of their employees are distributed across several regions and several times zones. An internationally distributed team is able to work around the clock. Remote workers are a great resource for rapid-growth companies who wish to expand to new markets. Hiring locally will cost you less than opening a new office and sending expatriate supervisors to oversee work. Local (remote) workers are proficient in the local language, culture, and business customs. You won’t be lost in translation.
Keep your employees motivated
Remote workers exhibit a higher work motivation than regular on-site workers. If you think about it, remote workers don’t have to deal with daily commutes or traditionally confined work spaces. Plus, despite the new trend, remote jobs are not abundant. If your new recruit professes their desire not only to work at your company, but to do so remotely, they are probably not going to leave you any time soon for their old nine to five job. Remote workers stick longer if the work conditions you provide are ideal for them. Higher job retention will help you save money on new recruitment and will ultimately lead to better work and service to your customers.
The author of this article is a remote worker. You can hire Ahmed for your job by inviting him to send a proposal.
Our goal is to help you get your work done more efficiently by connecting you with freelance talent online. We have broken a few records along the way with our rapid job fulfillment rates: most are filled within 24 hours! Time is money, so to help you get the most out of hiring through Nabbesh, we’re sharing our observations from reading over 4,000 of our freelance job listings. It turns out hiring the perfect freelancer starts with a great freelance job post. Here are a few tips to help you write up the job post that will get your work done even faster!
8 notable features in the best job postings:
1. An interesting job title which captures the essence of your job and any special characteristics you are looking for! For example, “Creative Mobile Web Developer” is better than “Web Developer.” The more descriptive you are and the more key words you hone in on, the better Nabbesh can help match you to a suitable candidate.
2. Required Skills: What skills or technical competencies are required to complete your job? Make sure you select a few of the skills that best describe the skills you need to complete your freelance job.
3. Job Description: Know and state your key outcomes for this freelance job and what your key deliverables will be. For example, you may be looking to hire a photographer to take pictures of your upcoming party. A key piece of information would be the date of the party and what pictures you would like captured at this party.
4. Samples of work: Nabbesh allows applicants to attach samples of their work to their applications on the Workflow form. We recommend you ask for samples of their work especially since this can be one of the best indicators of whether you like someone’s style of writing (for example).
5. Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines! We cannot stress this enough. Make sure you list your specific timeframe. If your job must be done by June 1st, put that in the description. Also, if your job requires multiple deliverables, you should also put those in the job description. Being specific with your expectations will eliminate candidates from applying to your job who cannot meet your deadlines,thus saving you time!
6. Budget: Be very specific when it comes to your budget. Nabbesh offers two types of contracts: hourly rate and fixed-price contracts. There are benefits to both, depending upon the budget and scope of the project, but the clearer you are up front with your budget constraints, the more time you save since xpectations will be managed up-front. You don’t want someone applying who charges an hourly rate 50% higher than your budget allows.
7. Flex work, online or on-site? State whether your job requires the freelancer to work on-site (and where) or whether it can be done online or flexibly.
8. Start-date: We know you probably wanted someone to finish your job yesterday, but let us help you find someone today! Make sure you input the start date so the freelancer will know whether or not to apply to your job based upon their schedule or commitments.
Final thoughts: The more specific you are, the greater your chances for a successful match and the less time you will spend explaining your specific requirements to each applicant before they can submit a proposal for your job. And remember, our owls are always here to help! If you need more help posting a freelance job on Nabbesh, just give us a shout at: firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet to us @nabbeshtweets
If you are really short on time, we offer bespoke hiring services to fill your job requirements. Enquire about Nabbesh’s Talent Management Solutions directly at +971-52-787-1114.
Freelancers help businesses grow and expand. And in this new series on our blog we are sitting together with employers who are actively using Nabbesh to find out how that is done.
We are happy to launch it with an interview with Joe Akkawi, the Managing Partner of Paz Marketing to find out how their agency has integrated freelancers within their DNA. Paz Marketing is a MENA based integrated solutions agency for public relations, events, and social media to help brands connect with the correct audiences.
1- How has working with Freelancers helped you build Paz Marketing?
Freelancers have helped us fill certain gaps that extend beyond our core product offering. Sometimes the key to winning a business is offering a full communication package to our clients and there are certain proficiencies that we might lack internally. Nothing a good reliable freelancer can’t solve!
2- How has your personal experience as an employee turned freelancer turned entrepreneur helped you hire better freelancers?
It has helped me most with understanding how to manage timelines. Freelancers sometimes over commit to multiple projects due to need of income while we need to take necessary steps to manage clients expectations. Giving promises based on timelines you can’t control is dangerous and being a freelancer in the past has helped me project and estimate how much time a project might need.
3- What are your top 3 tips for hiring freelancers?
- Take your time. Plenty of talent around. Pick the one that suits you best
- Never keep the relationship over email. It’s never personal and meeting the freelancer can give you insight about them and where they can help you more.
- Hold on to talent you’ve worked with before. Variety is nice but solid results are better.
4- In which areas is hiring a freelancer better than a full-timer?
When a service needed is not a core offering of your business. It doesn’t make sense to hire someone for a role that will not generate business or revenue for your company
5- In your opinion what role do freelancers play in the advertising & communications industry?
Freelancers are seen as both an asset and a threat. As an asset freelancers can play multiple roles from design to consulting and development. It’s a very wide talent pool and can contribute to any part of the communication process. Yet freelancers pose a threat to agencies that lose clients to freelancers who offer humble services for more affordable fees. This has been on the rise in the UAE in the fields of web design, PR, and social media. Everyone’s always looking to save. It’s the human condition.
6- What UAE regulatory issues can one encounter when hiring freelancers?
There are two main issues:
a. Having a freelancer work in your office can lead to trouble if you get inspection on site and they don’t have a labor card.
b. For companies that audit their finances, freelancers who don’t have correctly marked invoices are a nightmare for finance to work with.
7- We’d love to hear about your experience hiring freelancers through Nabbesh! What are your insights?
Hiring through Nabbesh is organized, quick and efficient. We’ve had over 10 jobs completed through Nabbesh.com in the fields of SEO, SEM, Social, Consulting, Design and Artwork. We even build an affiliation with someone we hired for a job and he now consults on all our business.
The entire experience has been solid but on a general note, the region is struggling to find good Arabic speaking, writing talent. You might have to do some Arabic legwork yourself to get some projects off the ground.
Additionally with new pay-through-the-website feature coming soon, a lot of pressure on sorting out payments with freelancers will be alleviated. I’m also looking forward to a mobile app.
We would love to take this conversation further! Let us know your thoughts in the comments and connect with us on twitter.
These days, freelancers are not odd jobbers waiting to get into full time work, they prioritise control over their life and the ability to work on different projects. That’s why they are often reported to have a better work life balance than full time employees. A better work life balance means happier workers, which tends to lead to better output.
One of the main costs for businesses is recruitment and staffing. In the last few years many businesses in the Middle East had to lay off employees to counter the effects of the economic downturn. In some service industries, where headcount is related to amount of clients on the books, the cost of continually recruiting and laying off full time employees can be quite expensive. Replacing an employee has been estimated as costing 150% of that persons wage. Another factor impacting cost is the high expatriate population especially in the UAE, as expats tend to return home after a few years.
Thus, using freelancers seems to be a perfect fit for firms in the region. It allows companies to benefit from dynamic resourcing, quickly tapping into expertise when business is good, and limiting liability and cost when business slows down. It also solves the problem of a continuous churn of expats who, according to a recent Hay Group study, are 8% less likely to stay in their current jobs compared to the global average (UAE sample).
In addition, many global firms are rapidly entering the Arab market. The cost of setting up business is still high compared to other cities and quick growth is required. This often results in a high demand for digital talent, marketing and creative skills in addition to bilingual staff, as our Q1 2013 figures suggest.
Business growth is not being matched by a similar growth in skill pool, so smart businesses will look to find alternative ways of sourcing expertise in order to succeed. Up until now there has been little clarity on using freelancers from a business operations and HR point of view, a legal standpoint or general media support. There also hasn’t been a formal platform where freelancers can register their skills and employers can post their requirements.
Nabbesh.com is solving the platform problem. The laws in the UAE (typically stricter than those in Levant ) have been changed since 2010 in favour of promoting more flexible work. It is now up to companies to look to their HR department to deliver more efficient hiring practices and embrace the concept of using freelancers as a competitive edge.
(image credit: Escape from Cubicle Nation)
The future workforce is made up of millennials. Unlike their predecessors, they are much less likely to stay in work full time and more likely look for multiple sources of growth, stimulation and opportunity. Trends assessed by the US Government Accountability Office suggest that in developed economies, freelance, temporary and contract employees make up about ⅓ of the workforce. Mercer completed a study that showed Millennials prioritized having a flexible work schedule and having the opportunity to make a difference when it came to employment. Similarly in a recent survey by Ogilvy and Mather, 76% of respondents reported that they would rather spend more time with their families than make more money. In the Middle East, Millennials employment aspirations are captured in the Asda’a Burson Marsteller Youth report, which shows that respondents prioritized a good work-life balance ahead of salary concerns.
Is a freelancer right for your business?
Traditionally, business success depended on a top down method of managing staff and work. Some firms however have changed that and adopted a Results Oriented Work Environment, meaning the location and hours worked are less important than the final output. Work is done anytime and anywhere, based entirely on individual needs and preferences. This method of working is a perfect fit for Millennials who do not necessarily associate success with longevity at one firm only. The career path for younger generations more closely resembles a patchwork quilt, as people attempt to stitch together multiple jobs into something that is flexible and works for them.
In her book “Escape from Cubicle Nation” author Pamela Slim argues that the new norm is for people to maintain and develop skill sets in multiple simultaneous careers. In this environment, the ability to learn is something of a survival skill. Education never stops, and the line between working and learning becomes increasingly blurred. Millennials are more aware than ever how the local, and indeed global economy affects their work options. The Arab Youth Survey showed that people prioritized the UAE as an ideal place to work. As potential supply increases, the Middle East employer is therefore faced with a unique advantage, the costs of human capital may decrease, but the ability to utilize dynamic resourcing by tapping into many people simultaneously can be done with only a slight increase in operational cost.
Many Middle East employers are still in a cautious hiring mode. The highest growth shown on employment indices are in the Hospitality, Healthcare and Engineering industries, buoyed by the backing of the public sector and the stated aims of governments to reach 2020 goals including sporting events, expo’s, and increased tourism. For the private sector, there has been a year on year drop however for full time jobs in the marketing and creative industries (-7%), the software and telecom sector (-17%), and IT field (-12%). (Monster Employment Index).
This lack of demand for full time employment has surfaced in increased demand in the freelance field. Nabbesh.com Q1 data on what employers want shows the top 10 job posts as being in the software, marketing and design and creative sectors. Creative skills are the most sought after, representing 59% of the total, Software taking up almost one third and Marketing being 10%.
Our recommendations are that HR professionals must consider using freelancers as a way to contribute to the sustained competitiveness of the firm. For smaller firms that need to grow quickly and efficiently, the majority of budget is spent on acquiring customers, leaving little for human capital. Freelancers can solve this problem by offering the right skill to the business at the right time at the right price.
To access the largest pool of freelancers, visit www.nabbesh.com today and browse over 15,000 people with over 20,000 registered skills.
One of the top requested skills in the Middle East is Social Media, both for full time and freelance positions. In this post we discuss why it’s becoming harder to fill that position and how you can successfully fill your social media requirements if you are a business in the UAE or greater Arab Region.
1. Social Media is a very broad term:
Decide WHAT the person needs to be doing exactly. Will they be creating content that will sit on social media sites? Will they need to make sense of the numbers from social media? Will they be creating and running social media advertising?
2. Secondary Skillsets:
- If creating content – you may need someone who is bilingual. Consider a Translator or Writer
- If you need to optimize performance and want to understand analytics – you might find similar skills in a person who understands Google Analytics or has performed analytics for in house company data
- If you need someone to run social media advertising and campaigns – you probably need someone to design the ads and other propietary photos / videos to share. Consider a graphic designer to deliver this content for you
3. Multiple language Social Media
One of the unique factors in the Middle East is the fact that people use social media in their native tongue (Arabic) but can perform any other aspect of business on and offline in English. Because of this, many companies decide to make each of their posts bilingual, posting both arabic and english at the same time. There are of course many other languages spoken in the Middle East (french, farsi, hindi, urdu etc) but the majority of times, arabic and english are the preferred languages.
You will find it hard to source a person who has equally strong language skills AND is proficient at the different skillsets mentioned above. Those types of people are in extremely high demand and very limited supply.
So what can you do to solve this problem? If you’re not finding a person you may decide to outsource to a dedicated company who can handle it for you. Another more recent solution is from Qordoba. Qordoba is a fast growing translation company and has just launched its social media translation package with affordable tiered rates.
You can either:
- create your english social media updates in bulk and manually send them to Qordoba for translation
- post as you would normally, Qordoba monitors your accounts and automatically translates and posts for you in real time
The benefit of using Qordoba is that it allows you to have the best of both worlds at a great price, allowing you to get started with your social media quicker.
Nabbeshers who are posting jobs, get a 10% discount for the rest of June when using Qordoba Social Translation
Email: email@example.com and use “nabbesh offer” in the subject line
Don’t forget to post your jobs on www.nabbesh.com and follow us on our social media channels for more tips
7 out of 10 professionals in the MENA region would consider freelancing
Over 50% of companies outsource work to freelancers
www.nabbesh.com is the premier destination for freelance, part time and contract based work. With over 15,000 registered users and growing, both individuals and employers can take advantage of dynamic resourcing to get the job done quicker and more efficiently than ever before.
Want even MORE info? Check out what happened at our Freelance Summit in Dubai here
(data taken from http://www.ameinfo.com/baytcom-poll-reveals-freelancing-considered-viable-343956 )
By: Kathy Shalhoub for nabbesh.com blog
There’s no arguing about it, whether it’s in arts or sciences some people are exceptionally creative and shine above the rest of us. But does that mean we aren’t or can’t be creative?
While it’s still not clear in what proportions of genetic, social, economic and luck ingredients the creative soup is made of, scientists have picked out some key elements that have been proven to boost creativity.
- Keep an open mind:
When I say an open mind, I mean one that is guided by the least amount of rules, inhibited by the least amount of restrictions, and confined by the least mental constraints. If you’re looking for a creative solution to a problem, try to suspend your knowledge and experience momentarily and look at your problem from the perspective of a novice, you just might surprise yourself.
- Thought Control:
This is the second critical stage of creative thought when you have all your new and interesting and crazy ideas on the table and you’re not sure which ones will work. This is the phase where you want all systems on and ready to go. Now you need to put what you know in practice for the evaluation process.
- Mental push-ups:
We’ve all heard it, creativity is like a muscle, and the more it works the stronger it gets. Before you need to get creative, try some of these useful mental pushups:
- Think of 6 alternative ways to use common objects in a few minutes.
- Describe objects in unusual ways that are not relating to their function.
- Perform common tasks in the wrong order.
- Deliberately let your mind wander to completely unrelated things.
- Keep your distance:
Funnily enough, thinking about the physical place of a problem can help or stop you from solving it! Imagining a problem or a challenge far away from you in space (put your problems in Australia!) or in time (send them to the year 2098) can actually promote innovation and problem solving.
Being creative is great, but psychologist Evangelia Chrysikou of the University of Kansas affirms that no matter how creative and innovative your thoughts are, the most important factor inhibiting success, the one that stops you the most from capitalizing on your creative potential is the fear of risk, “People tend toward safe routes, yet safety is not conducive to radical new solutions.”
It’s been said: The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail. –Edwin Land, co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation
These tips have been inspired by Evangelia Chrysikou’s ‘Your Creative Brain at work” article in the July/August edition of Scientific American Brain. Love that magazine!
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Blogger’s Bio: Kathy studied engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has a PhD in Marine Sciences from the University of Paris. She is also a writer and published her first book, Life as a Leb-neh Lover, in 2010. Kathy is fascinated by matters of the mind, self discovery, self acceptance and personal development and is currently researching these topics. Check out her blog, ‘like’ her on Facebook or follow her on twitter @Lebneh_Lover.