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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Hiring Freelancers? Here are the Latest Changes

15 second summary: Nabbesh.com’s project managers will call you to help you scope your project and will match you with up to 5 freelancers, ready to deliver quality work, on time. You can then hire them without paying any commission, message them, collaborate and pay them super easy and fast through Nabbesh.com’s new workspace! Our payment system has been revamped to support 1-click payments, multiple payment methods (credit card or bank transfer), one monthly invoice and consolidated financial statements. And last but not least, you are always protected through Nabbesh.com’s Escrow!

 

Have time to learn more? Read below.

In our bid to make hiring freelancers a fast, simple and low risk experience, we have introduced several upgrades to our platform and to the way we screen our freelancers, support our clients and ensure great work is being delivered via Nabbesh.com!

Here is a list of the changes and how they impact your hiring experience:

 

Hiring Freelancers is FREE! You no longer have to pay commission fees, you only pay for the freelancer’s work as quoted. No surprises!

 

Nabbesh Recommended Freelancers. Some of our freelancers go through a screening process which includes several steps, including phone interview by a Nabbesh.com hiring expert and a review by an industry expert. You will see “recommended” on their profiles.

 

Free Consultation and Assisted Hiring. After posting your job, you can book a call with our industry expert project managers who will offer advice on your project’s scope, needed skills or budget.

 

Handpicked Freelancers. After posting a job you will no longer receive hundreds of applicants and spend hours filtering. Our project managers will match you with up to 5 freelancers to quote on your project.

 

New Workspace. When you receive quotes from freelancers, you are directed to your new workspace where you can exchange messages, hire them for the work, create a new scope of work for ongoing jobs or start a new project with the same freelancer. It’s easy to collaborate with several freelancers on multiple projects, transfer files, maintain your communication history and initiate “one click” payments to freelancers.

 

Improved Payments. Your earnings or spend on Nabbesh.com will be listed in a “bank statement” like list and you can generate one consolidated invoice on a monthly basis for simpler accounting.

 

Multiple Payment Options. Make payments via credit card or bank transfer. Soon, we will introduce a purchase order (PO) payment option for enterprise clients who will also benefit from extended payment terms. For more information on our enterprise solutions, contact Ryan Aldrin on ryan@nabbesh.com.

 

Now you can benefit from a diverse pool of freelancers, shorter hiring and delivery time and most importantly transparent and affordable rates! We hope you enjoy your new Nabbesh.com hiring experience! For questions about the latest changes, get in touch on support@nabbesh.com.

14 Ways for the Class of 2014 to Land a Job

Congratulations Class of 2014,  you’ve just entered the real world!  And while you may only be entering with one expensive piece of paper, “they” say you needed it to get the one thing you are looking for right now: your first job!  Sure you face a few challenges, but Nabbesh is here to help with 14 ways to land your first job!

1. Ignore so-called conventional wisdom that says you need experience to get a job.  We all started from zero at one point or another in our lives.  Even the most successful people in the world started somewhere, and you can too.

2. You’re one of the most tech savvy generations in history.  Turn that into $. That’s right, you can actually get paid to use technology and social media.  For example, you could help a company grow their customer base or communicate through social media.  Lucky for you, there is much demand for people with the tech skills you often take for granted.

3. Surf the net.  Don’t just pound the pavement!  While getting your first job requires hard work, the best way to do that is by using the internet to find either online or offline work.

4. No clue at what you want to do?  Here’s a little secret, you aren’t the only one. Many people that have been working for years are still looking for what they want to do when they “grow-up.”  Start with what you enjoy doing and don’t worry too much if you take the “wrong” job.  It’s all part of the learning process.

5. Try writing about your job search.  Believe it or not, blogging and writing is a serious profession.  If you have the “write” stuff, you may find you can turn writing even about your job search into some cash.

6. Intern or volunteer to gain professional experience.  If you’re willing to work in a company or for a start-up without being paid, and you prove yourself, you may be able to land your first job in a few months.  Before you think interning is beneath you, remember that Microsoft founder Bill Gates started as an intern.

7. Ask for advice.  Start with a few of your friends or family members that have been working for a few years at least.  Ask them to sit down with you and to share what they did right or did wrong to find their first job.

8. Work for a start-up.  At this point in your life you can probably afford to work at a startup, and you’ll gain a wealth of experience about running a business, even if your startup isn’t the next Google.  If you think its too risky, remember that risk is simply what you have (no job) and what you have to lose (not much).

9. Be honest with yourself about what success means to you.  To find a job you love, don’t forget success means different things to different people.  Bill Cosby, the famous comedian once said, “I don’t know the key to success but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”

10. Work for yourself.  What is it that you love to do on weekends?  Maybe you can monetize that.  If you love photography or digital design, you may be able to land freelance jobs in those areas or turn other hobbies into cash.

11. Happen to things.  Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them.  They went out and happened to things.”  Don’t sit around and complain about the unemployment rates, make your first job happen by being proactive.

12. Be hungry and humble.  Older generations complain about how your generation is much more entitled than previous generations.  Fight this stereotype by being persistent, hard working, hungry and humble in your job search.

13. Diversification isn’t just good financial advice.  In today’s world, a diversity of experiences is very important if you want to truly stand out.  Maybe you studied engineering, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek a job outside of your major. Whatever you major in, you can work in another field which may give you a better perspective and insights into what your career “calling” is.

14. Passion over paychecks.  Don’t just find a job, create a meaningful life whatever that means to you.  Steve Jobs famously said, “the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”  Maybe you’re young, but work is going to consume so much of your life, so why waste a single moment?

Now go out there class of 2014 and get your first job!  Get started by creating your profile at http://www.Nabbesh.com and search for freelance jobs today.

What 4,000 Freelance Jobs Teach Us About Hiring In 24 hours Or Less

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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).

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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: support@nabbesh.com 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.

Freelance Jobs in Over 100 Middle Eastern Cities on Nabbesh

Nabbesh has launched in June 2012 in Dubai and ever since we have been working really hard to cultivate the freelance movement in the region and be the platform that empowers freelancers to showcase their skills, gain exposure and connect with clients. Whilst many of you may think that we are a job site catering to the UAE, the truth is we have grown a lot since our launch to become the “go to” marketplace for professional service providers or freelancers in the region and we wanted our community to know about that.

 

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Looking through the 2,000+ freelance projects that have been posted on Nabbesh since the beginning of the 2013, we are proud to assure freelancers everywhere in the Middle East – there’s an employer out there who needs YOU.  So far we have had jobs from employers in over 100 Cities in the Middle East & North Africa, and even some from the US and Europe. How’s that?

Month on month, over 300 jobs are posted from various cities. Aside from the UAE, the majority of freelance gigs on Nabbesh are originating from Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt. We are also proud to have an increasing number of jobs from Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar. A recent survey done by Nabbesh in September 2013 highlighted that 35% of employers registered on Nabbesh are open to hire freelancers residing in a geographic location different to their own, this truly emphasises Nabbesh’s unique position to be the regional marketplace where people connect & sell their services.

If you are a freelancer or a supporter of the freelance movement, and if you want to help talent in the Middle East find work opportunities, then we have a modest request! Please share this post on the interwebs to spread the word so we can build a vibrant regional marketplace and create more wealth to our Nabbesh community.

Top Five Tips from One Freelancer to the Other

This is a guest post by Zainab Mansoor, a freelancer journalist and contributor to various local and international publications. She is an equally doting mom and strives to strike a perfect balance every day.

Contrary to popular belief, freelancing or the freelance industry is a comprehensive order. There are clear do’s and don’ts in the business that should adhered to, but it differs from person to person, experience to experience. Below are a few of my personal tips to all freelancers out there, pitching for work or otherwise.

1- Let not your missives speak. Written letter with tall orders are so clichéd these days – Avoid them completely. Share your profile, portfolio and your list of strengths in which you excel or wish to excel. Instead of words, be dexterous in work.

2- Association is key. Keep contact with your previous clients. Stay in touch through social mediums for repeat work or referrals.

3- Avoid baring your desperation. If there is a dearth of projects up your sleeve, look at alternate avenues for work. Desperation can make people go all funny and do things they may regret a while later. Don’t under-rate your work or its value by offering work at substantial rates. Offering reasonable pricing for repeat clients make sense but ridiculing your profile is a different game altogether.

4- Respect thy privacy. Projects may or may not contain confidential company and employee information. Irrespective, avoid discussing project or work related details with associates, family or friends. Let the details stay locked on a workstation.

5- Sense of Humor, hold on tight. Do not let circumstances get to you! There may be white and black days, highs and lows, pleasant and not so pleasant criticism. Hang in there and lay supine, facing the sky. Crack a joke or two while you’re at it!

Have you found these tips useful? Let Zainab know and make sure to follow her on twitter  @zzainabmansoor!

Why using a freelancer is better than a full time employee

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.

Why you’re not filling your Social Media Job

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.

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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:  translate@qordoba.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

www.facebook.com/nabbesh  and  www.twitter.com/nabbeshtweets

7 out of 10 people in MENA would freelance

7 out of 10 professionals in the MENA region would consider freelancing

Here’s why:

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Over 50% of companies outsource work to freelancers

Here’s why:

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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 )