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.

Nabbesh’s Top 5 Tips For A Successful Freelancing Life!

Freelancing is a way of life! It starts with the yearning for independence and the drive to pursue one’s passion. Ultimately it’s a different way of thinking about work beyond the traditional 9-5 model.
Globally, independent work is becoming more popular, according to the 2012 US Freelancer’s Union; nearly 1 in 3 Americans are now freelancers.  In a 2014, Deloitte Millennial Survey (Millennials will represent 75% of the total global workforce by 2025), 70% of Millennials want to work independently at some point in their lives versus working in a traditional organisation. Times are changing!

 

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Here Nabbesh offers the top 5 tips for becoming a successful freelancer:

1) Be honest with yourself. Start with an honest assessment of your strengths and weaknesses.  Are your skills “freelanceable?”  For example, it may be much easier to get into freelancing if you are a copywriter or a photographer than if you are a civil engineer or an oil & gas operations person. Continue with an assessment of your communication skills. Succeeding as a freelancer means becoming an expert at “selling” your services, dealing with difficult clients, being assertive when it comes to scope of work and being an impeccable communicator. Do you have what it takes?

2) Networking is key. In the early days of freelancing, who you know can help open doors to get you those first few gigs! Platforms like Nabbesh can give you exposure to thousands of clients from across the region which instantly increases your chances of finding suitable projects & getting paid for your work. Whether you do it online or offline, networking is vital to getting you started and to your ultimate success!

3) Guard your reputation. Work on building your personal brand as a freelancer.  Use social media to position yourself as an expert in your field and stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends. Above all make sure that you treat your clients like royalty!  Always under promise and over deliver. Take pride in what you do and deliver quality work. Take responsibility if your client is not satisfied and be honest about your capabilities. Reputation is paramount and one mistake may cost you clients, or even, your freelance career.

4) Patience is a virtue. Building a freelance career means you’re in it for the long haul. Success requires perseverance and patience. Both are needed to build a solid portfolio of clients, a steady flow of income and projects.  Don’t give up quickly if things don’t work out as quickly as you had expected!

5) Work smart, not just hard.  As a freelancer, getting the right opportunities is more critical to your success than just getting opportunities.  Don’t be afraid to offer “sample” work or give a discount to “land” a strategic client.  Do your research and carefully seek out the clients you would like to work with.  Look for opportunities to connect with them and check what your peers are doing as well and how they are presenting themselves.  This will provide you with some insight on pricing your services at the right level and make you competitive in the market. Most importantly, make sure to enjoy your work and then everything else will fall into place!

 

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!

Creative Industries Classifications

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport in the UK released a consultation paper for Classifying and Measuring the Creative Industries.

The below table shows the new proposed list of “creative occupations”. Crafts, Arts and Antiques have been removed.

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The full paper can be viewed here

Say hello to nabbesh Beta 3.0!

Hoot out there!!!

We’re so excited that our new and improved nabbesh site is finally online! With new features, great flexibility and fabulous functionality. If you are a freelancer looking for work opportunities or if you are hiring someone for a specific project, we really think you are going to love it as much as we do! For more info check out our video.

So what’s new we hear you wonder? Check this out!

  1. Straight to the Point

    Separate ‘Skills’, ‘Jobs’ and ‘Hobbies’ pages to get you where you need to be quicker!

  2. Tailored to You

    Skill and job listings tailored to your profile and listed by proximity from you!

    Make sure you fill out your profile completely to get the full benefits of this feature.

  3. Bookmark while you browse

    A brand new bookmark feature allows you to save profiles and revisit them later. Click on your bookmarks page in your profile menu and view the bookmarked profiles.

  4. Keep track

    Your messages now follow a logical flow for faster and more organized messaging. Access your messages from your profile menu then click on “messages”.

  5. Feed the community

    What’s happening in your community is just a click away. Find your “Feeds” page by clicking the nabbesh logo at the top left (if you’re logged in) or on “My Feeds” and sort by what’s most relevant to you!

  6. Simplify the Search

    Simplify your search with the new filtering options in your search bar. Type a skill or hobby into the search bar and choose the skill, job or hobby option that matches!

These are the highlights but there’s so much more! Take a spin through nabbesh and tell us, are you liking what you see?

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