What are the Top 3 Website Builders?

Want to launch a website but don’t know where to start?

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Today’s website doesn’t just have to be well designed, it also has to be mobile responsive, integrate with social channels and be easily found by search engines. Rather than start from scratch and employ different people to execute different parts of the website build, many people are opting for turnkey “all in one” platforms that incorporate great design principles, and the right bit of code, which allows for greater shareability.

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The Unsung Hero of an Organisation

Would you agree that behind every great leader, is a great personal assistant? While leaders have the power and influence to make decisions that can affect the future vision and plans for a business, they’re not the ones making it tick. There’s another person that is an unsung hero who can provide support and assist across multiple divisions in a company and make sure diaries are planned, meetings are booked, research is documented and clients are greeted with professionalism. First impressions count and most people don’t walk into an office to be greeted by a CEO, these unsung heroes matter…

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Why Content Marketing is Crucial For Your Business

The battle for the consumer’s attention has never been harder fought than it currently is. The days of buying a print ad, an outdoor billboard placement or even a 30 second TV spot can no longer guarantee that customers will flock into your store, visit your site or buy your product. The increasing fragmentation of the media scene coupled with a growing resistance to even notice ads means that reaching your potential customers is now tougher than it’s ever been. People download their favourite shows and watch them concurrently with no breaks, they install ad blocking software in order to browse uninterrupted online and print circulations are falling fast. With thousands of companies using the same channels to reach the same consumers there’s an increasing need to cut through the noise and stand out. Enter content marketing.

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How can you drastically increase your chances of getting hired as a Freelancer?

Every freelancer I’ve ever spoken with has usually asked me this one question, “How can I find better quality clients and win more freelance projects?”.

I’ve been working with Nabbesh.com, a freelance marketplace based in Dubai for nearly two years and believe I’ve found a formula which works almost every time for successful freelancers! Here are my top tips to make sure you drastically increase your chances of getting hired as a freelancer:

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Give Your Business A Competitive Advantage By Hiring Freelancers

While uncertainty brings opportunity, entrepreneurs in Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region have been skilfully sailing rough seas for decades and as the region continues to face political and economic turmoil, small and medium businesses are looking inwards for ways to grow while remaining agile.

Looking inwards means identifying opportunities to innovate whether in the introduction of new products and services, adoption of new technologies to streamline work processes or the way the business is structured to run the day-to-day operations. Operational costs associated with hiring and retaining top talent can burden a business and re-thinking your hiring strategy can lead to significant cost savings.

In the UAE, on-boarding a mid level employee at a freezone company can cost – at least – 43% more than bringing on board an independent contractor (or freelancer) to do the job. Not to mention the time invested to source, interview, hire and on-board someone which could take north of 3 months.

Regardless of the size of your business, agility and speed will give you a significant competitive advantage. There is always a bigger and better player out there and in a typical David and Goliath situation, businesses need to set their own rules to win the game. Instead of growing your full time staff, ask yourself: how can my business leverage the millions of educated experts from the MENA region who are online, savvy, hungry for an income and willing to work for me on demand?
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Hiring freelancers can offer your business a number of benefits notably:

 

1. Considerable Cost Savings: Whilst talent drives the business and is the reason behind a business’s success or downfall, the cheer costs associated with bringing full time talent can put a dent in your budget limiting your growth potential. In Many cases bringing in freelancers who are experts in specific industries and have amassed years of experience means getting work done at a fraction of the cost. There are no visa costs, no insurance, travel or housing fees, no paid holidays, gratuity payments, office rental. I think you get the picture.

 

2. Speed in Execution: With online marketplaces, you are able to access experts in various fields to deliver great work for you versus hiring a generalist on a full time basis. If you had to run a marketing campaign as an example, you can hire a graphic designer, a content writer, an expert to design and build your blog, an SEO specialist to put together a strategy for you, etc. in less than 48 hours! You can then go to market faster than your competitors.

 

3. Top Local and Regional Talent: The MENA region is awash with talent, our youth are our most under-utilised asset while the majority is educated, curious, online and available. Marketplaces can give you a choice to work with experienced talent or young graduates depending on your project needs. Whilst we continue to rely on experts from the rest of the world and pay a small fortune, you can now discover great local or regional talent that “get you”, live within the same timezone and will deliver great great work for you because their livelihoods depend on it!

 

4. No breakups, No Hard Feelings: What I find liberating about working with freelancers as a business owner is that unlike full time staff, there is no commitment, no long-term promises, no breakup and no hard feelings! Every project starts and ends and everyone moves on! Marketplaces provide you with a variety of options so you don’t have to be “stuck” with someone! You can negotiate rates and work with different people and then choose the people you trust and that add the most value.

 

If trusting the freelancers is a concern, then this is where marketplaces play a key role. Most marketplaces have a way of quality control whether through vetting, ratings, or other mechanisms.

 

At Nabbesh.com, we’ve introduced a thorough screening process where only the best go through and each freelancer goes through an interview with the Nabbesh.com team in addition to the reviews that they collect when they complete jobs with other clients. Another role marketplaces play is in the mediation support in order to ensure that the work is delivered up to your standards and as per the brief. Nabbesh.com for instance would hold the funds in an escrow account until the job is delivered. This creates trust and transparency and provides the freelancer with an incentive to deliver great work, their reputation and access to future jobs depends on it!

 

There are no limits to what freelancers can offer. If you’re looking to build a website, a new mobile app, create compelling marketing collateral, grow your brand on social media, develop great content for your blog, translate documents, hold a memorable company event, test a new market or just implement a crazy idea you’ve always had, you can do so today with incredible speed and at a fraction of the cost of allocating full time staff to the job.

 

Talent is abundant and with advent of technology, you can now access thousands of freelancers on demand. Time to change the way you on-board talent and give your business a competitive advantage.  

 

For more information on how Nabbesh.com can help you, contact us on support@nabbesh.com or reach us on +97143209172.

 

Welcome to Fursati

 

Empowering Palestinian youth by bringing talent to a Middle Eastern jobs market.

Fursati, meaning “my opportunity,” is a pilot program by Silatech and Nabbesh to create virtual jobs for youth in Palestine.

Fursati aims to encourage businesses based mainly in the Gulf region to leverage the education and expertise of expert Palestinian talent to get work done remotely. To the Palestinians, Forsati will become a means for them to access quality jobs and earn a guaranteed income and reviews via Nabbesh.

Both Silatech and Nabbesh have a commitment to empowering youth employment across the Arab World. Our vision is for the pilot program to lay the foundation for creating thousands of jobs in the near future.

How does Fursati benefit employers?

 The goal of our program is to create jobs for freelancers in Palestine. Freelancers are temporary workers hired for jobs on a per project basis, such as translation, design, writing, data entry or programming. Employers hire freelancers for many reasons, such as they are short-staffed or want to reduce costs, too busy and need extra help, or they are testing new ideas before investing in hiring full-time workers.

Aside from helping create jobs in Palestine, there are a number of benefits to employers participating in this program:

  • Employers are able to hire qualified remote workers at an affordable rate
  • All fees are covered by the project, saving employers money
    • 12% fee for Nabbesh platform
    • Wire transfer fees to the freelancer
  • All employers that create 5 or more jobs will have their logo added to a “hall of fame” and have an opportunity to be featured in media relations

Most of the freelancers participating in this program are students or recent college graduates. They have relevant job skills, are highly motivated, educated, eager to work, and are Internet savvy, so they understand how to communicate and manage relationships with employers via email and Skype. So employers benefit by being able to tap into this highly qualified remote workforce.

How does Fursati benefit freelancers?

The program is called Fursati, or “my opportunity,” because it is our goal to create opportunities for Palestinian youth to develop their careers. There are a number of benefits to freelancers participating in the program:

  • Opportunity to gain experience working for companies internationally.
  • Earn ratings on Nabbesh that will help get more jobs in the future.
  • Make money working remotely
  • All wire transfer fees are covered by the project

Job applicants will also be limited to freelancers from Palestine. This means that there is less competition than when applying for other jobs on Nabbesh. Once you successfully complete a job, you will earn a rating that can help you to apply for more jobs in the future.

We also offer workshops in Palestine as well as online videos and webinars to help teach you how to apply, create a good resume and cover letter, and conduct work to the professional standards needed by employers. Our goal is to empower you to earn a living as a freelancer by having the program launch a successful career doing remote work.

How Does Fursati Work?

 The program follows three easy steps.

(1) Employers post jobs and then (2) qualified freelancers apply. Employers should enter a special code when creating a job to make it eligible for this program.

(3) Employers can review resumes and cover letters, create a shortlist of top candidates, message and interview before making a hiring decision. All fees are waived, so employers also save money hiring a qualified worker.

Freelancers are all qualified and vetted to participate in the Fursati program so all applicants should have a high standard. This mitigates the risk for potential employers and helps us make the pilot a success.