The Benefits of Hiring Remote Workers

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.

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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.

Walk the freelancer walk? Nabbesh freelancers talk…

Ever wished you could get into the same elevator with a successful freelancer who has been on the job for  some time and actually survived to tell the tale? Ask them some questions about their experience and possibly receive some advice? Well, Nabbesh just made the chase much easier. We  sat down with three top freelancers* working in the Middle East. Enjoy their ‘ real life’ testimonials!

H.A., Magazine freelancer, based in Beirut, servicing clients in Lebanon and the broader Middle East (15 years)

I’ve been freelancing for about 15 years starting off by mixing it with full or part-timework but eventually going entirely freelance about eight years ago. The best thing is you get to dictate your schedule to a certain extent – take a coffee break, nap, go out, take a day off – these are all decisions you control, and even aspects such as if you want to work entirely in your pajamas from the comfort of your sofa. Yet while freelancing gives you flexibility, you may end up working more than if you were full-time — particularly if you work with clients who think nothing of dumping urgent jobs on you on a Friday evening. This makes it important to maintain a balance between being available and committed to your clients while ensuring you still have a personal life left.

…One of the big lessons to learn is when to say no. In the beginning you might feel like it’s
good to say yes to everything. You will reach a point, though, when you realize the great feeling that comes with saying no. Maybe the trickiest topic for any freelancer is how to gauge how much money to charge – and make sure that you get paid. Be smart in thinking how to secure compensation for your time. Always make sure the client gives you a firm and detailed brief. You will meet a lot of people who want something but don’t know how to express what they want and who are happy to send you off on a wild goose chase to find out, only to tell you when you have done all the work what exactly they had in mind was something altogether different. Your time is not free or limitless. Don’t accept a revised brief without explaining it will cost more.

Starting out on the right foot is the best way to minimize your time involvement and end up with a happy client – which as a freelancer is exactly what you should be aiming at.

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Ramy K., graphic design and digital media freelancer, based in Jordan, servicing clients all over the Middle East and Australia (6 years)

In 2009, I was a graduate student studying in London when I first started helping some of my friends who still hadn’t graduated from university in Jordan. They would ask me to check a digital render, an illustration, weigh in on the choice of font or color, among others. I used to do it free of charge at first. A couple of months later one of my classmates noticed that I always had extra work. She looked at me and said, “You know, it would be great if those people you’re helping could at least buy you the coffee you order every time you come to the coffee shop to look over their projects.”

…It was hard for me to talk to people I knew—my friends—about it. I was surprised that almost all of them welcomed the idea and didn’t mind paying a fee for my services. They even started referring me to professionals in the field such as agency owners. I started a full-time job in 2012. Five months later, I had quit, purchased a new computer and a beautiful, wide desk and transitioned to freelance. I now work not only on small projects but also on large-scale campaigns and commit to long-term contracts.

I would say managing my time, prioritizing tasks, and knowing how to approach a client about suggestions and concerns have been the most challenging skills to acquire and develop, but I’m getting there.

Mehr Farahani, Magazine and technical reports writer, based in Beirut, servicing clients in Saudi Arabia/broader GCC and Europe (3 years)

I am fairly new to the freelance game—I started while based in Beirut in May 2012 after having lived in the West all my life, and I have been doing it full-time up until the present. If it’s done right it can be the best possible way to live: you get to schedule your own time, you can pick and choose what to take on, and you usually end up doing a wide range of work.

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As a freelance writer, I feel like it is very similar to being in grad school — at least in terms of tempo and levels of stress. Despite my best efforts, I find I have to pull a few all-nighters a month just to get through my work. Most other freelancers I speak with have the same problem.

The most challenging thing about not working a 9-5 is being disciplined enough to stick to your deadlines. This requires a great deal of self-motivation and time management skills since you don’t have a boss over your shoulder policing you. If you can do that then working for yourself is the best possible way to live your life. Just remember: with freedom comes responsibility!

 

 

*The real names of the subjects have been replaced with pseudonyms.

What can 80,000 applications teach us about landing that freelance job on Nabbesh?

With hundreds of applications being processed through Nabbesh on a daily basis, you can say that our community owls have seen it all! In this blog post, we will share some of our learning over the past year in 5 condensed tips to help every talented freelancer stand out vis-a-vis his or her peers and land that freelance job through Nabbesh!

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1 – First impressions are crucial! Build an impressive profile page.
Invest in a professional head shot. Let’s face it, our first impression of people whether online or in person, is based on how they present themselves. You want a picture that portrays your character as well as your professionalism. Take your time and fill in all fields in the Nabbesh platform and add any work samples where you can, we provide you with the tools. The more information you include about yourself, the more confidence you give the client. Be sure to add several skills, provided of course, that you are in fact experienced in those areas. Finally make sure to include a short biography that encapsulates the essence of you and your skills! See below two examples:

Example of an average biography:

I am a graphic designer and I am very good at using Adobe tools. I have 5 years experience working with an advertising agency.

Example of one that really says “Look at me…I’m pretty awesome”

Master of Arts with a technical mind. I love to learn and grow with every project I deliver. Graphic design is my passion and combined with 5 years of experience, I became a great problem solver and able to find creative solutions for every brief!

2 – Proofread! Proofread! Proofread!
Don’t give the client an excuse to eliminate you as a possible contender.  Make sure your replies are 100% free of grammatical errors — especially if it’s a writing job such a blogger or content writer. This is a sure way to be purged almost instantly. In sorting through many applications, clients generally want to go through their inbox and quickly eliminate many of the applicants. Don’t give them an excuse to reject you!

3 – Getting a job takes time. Stay on it.
Set some time apart each day to check the job listings. Be sure to read through and apply early to the ones that you are invited to apply for, since they have been matched by either Nabbesh admin or by the client. You need to invest time to get the rate of return you are looking for. The more jobs you apply for, the more you increase your chances of getting your first one. Do not give up!  Be confident in the skills you have to offer and that the right match will come along. Someone out there needs your skills and may be waiting to find you!

4 – Follow Instructions.
If a job post contains specific requests be sure to comply, whether it is your CV or work samples. Not following simple requests may weed you out, rightfully so. Clients often say that if a person cannot follow basic instructions in a job posting, they most likely are not able to do so on the job. Pay close attention! It only takes a few minutes to read the job description and craft a good application that answers the job requirements. Finally remember, that clients are human beings, so make sure to be friendly in your application and make sure to avoid “copying and pasting” the same application note to different clients, they will certainly pick up on that and they will not be impressed!

5 – Understand the requirements.
Before sending a proposal to a client, make sure you get a clear understanding of the scope of work and what is needed. Ask the right questions and be genuine about what you can and cannot do.  Do not over promise either. We have provided several options within Nabbesh to send proposals that are split by milestones, by day, month, etc. Make sure to use these tools to your advantage and only when you are confident that the scope of work is clear and the deliverables are doable, can you commit to sending a proposal and starting the work!

We leave you with some great examples of complete Nabbesh profiles. Notes that we are deliberately not highlighting the name & biography of these freelancers:

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A profile that belongs to a Graphic Designer on Nabbesh
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A profile that belongs to a Photographer on Nabbesh

We hope that the above tips are helpful in submitting a high quality application and landing freelance jobs on Nabbesh! If you have other tips that you would like to share with us, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to add them in the comment section below.

 

How to embed your portfolio on your Nabbesh profile?

When we started working on the design of the profile pages, we thought about the type of information a freelancer may want to display on their profile page as well as what would a potential employer want to see in order for them to gauge the quality of the freelancer’s work and decide on whether or not that freelancer is suitable for the task at hand.

We also thought about the time needed for a freelancer to build a profile page and how to make it as seamless as possible. So we decided to use a service which enables a freelancer to aggregate pieces from their work across the web onto the Nabbesh profile page which we intuitively called “Canvas”.

As a marketplace, Nabbesh is responsible to make it easy and simple for people to evaluate the information displayed on the profile pages, safely connect via our in-messaging system and create opportunities!

We’re going to demonstrate below how to build your profile by embedding your portfolio items.

1. Populate your profile page

Start by uploading a photo and write a small introduction (bio) about yourself. Then click on “Add a Widget” which should open the following window.

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You can follow the tabs and fill in information about yourself such as your skills, your education, your hobbies, certifications and awards until you reach a tab called “visual portfolio.”

2. Embedding a “Visual Portfolio”

You need to have added your skills as a pre-requisite to adding a “visual portfolio” and the reason being is that you need to link your work to one or several skills.

We support embedding work from several platforms including (Behance, Pinterest, Instagram, Dribbble, Flickr). So all you need to do is to go to these platforms, let’s take Dribbble for example (dribbble.com/yourprofile) select the image you would like to display for example a design you have made.

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If this the image you would like to display on your Nabbesh profile then copy the URL that you see on Dribbble and paste it onto the Nabbesh “visual portfolio” and voila! It will automatically generate a preview of the work and pre-fill the title and description fields which you can edit as you wish.

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The last step is to link the work you just embedded to one or multiple skills that you have, confirm that you own the rights for this work and hit “add”.

2. Embedding a “Video Portfolio”

You need to have added your skills as a pre-requisite to adding a “video portfolio” and the reason being is that you need to link your work to one or several skills.

We support embedding work from several platforms including (YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, GooglePlus, TED Talks). So all you need to do is to go to these platforms, let’s take YouTube for example (youtube.com/yourprofile) select the video you would like to display for example a video edit you have made.

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If this the video you would like to display on your Nabbesh profile then copy the URL that you see on YouTube and paste it onto the Nabbesh “video portfolio” and voila! It will automatically generate a preview of the work and pre-fill the title and description fields which you can edit as you wish.

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The last step is to link the work you just embedded to one or multiple skills that you have, confirm that you own the rights for this work and hit “add”.

3. Embedding other portfolios

Following the same logic, you can embed portfolios from SoundCloud, MixCloud, WordPress, Tumblr, SlideShare, Prezi and Github to name a few. Always follow the same logic when embedding on your Nabbesh profile. Make sure you are using the URL for a specific piece of work or a specific blog post in the case of a blog and then past the URL onto your Nabbesh profile!

We need to mention that for the moment, we do not support the pasting of URLs of personal websites onto Nabbesh however we are looking into the feasibility of enabling such a feature in the near future.

This blog post has been compiled as an attempt to answer some of the questions we have been receiving with regards to the usage of the Nabbesh portfolio feature. Keep sending us your suggestions and we will ensure to keep improving our product and service! If you have any feedback, please write us on support@nabbesh.com and we will be happy to take your suggestions on board!

If you haven’t uploaded your work on your Nabbesh profile, try it now and increase your chances of finding opportunities!