Tips for Choosing an Elance Provider to Help You With Your Project – Outsourcing 101

When you’re in need of assistance with a project because you’ve either taken on too much or you simply can’t finish it, you should consider hiring another Elance provider to assist. This way, you’ll save face with the client and won’t succumb to negative feedback because you didn’t exceed your client’s expectations. In this article, I’ll teach you how to take on the role of the employer so that you can choose the best provider for you.

Check the Provider’s Feedback – As you know, a provider’s feedback covers the quality of the work, their timeliness, communication strategies and professionalism. By checking the provider’s past feedback, you can determine past project posters’ levels of satisfaction with that particular provider. If they have a high score – in the 90’s preferably – you can be fairly sure that you’re getting a great provider.

Check the Provider’s Samples – While involved in the selection process, providers are likely to send you samples of their past work so that you can see their style and ability. It’s important that you check the samples of the providers that you’re considering. You can determine whether their style is close to the style you need, what level of skill they have, and whether they meet your standards or not. By checking their samples, you can probably narrow down your choices a good bit.

Communicate with the Providers – For the providers you’ve shortlisted, it’s important to communicate with them via the site’s private message board. Let them know a little more about your project, what you need and what you’re trying to accomplish. Good providers will get back to you in a timely manner and will let you know what they can do to help you achieve your end goals.

Pay Attention to Price – You get what you pay for – that’s what they say, isn’t it? This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to choose the highest provider, but you have to wonder about the individuals who are offering to do the work for the absolute rock-bottom prices. Although you do want to make a profit on the outsourced work, you also want to make sure that the provider can get it done. So, ask yourself these questions: Will they truly deliver quality projects? Will you have to fix any errors? Will you have to spend additional time on the project. In most instances, you will likely get further choosing a mid-level price or even one that is a bit higher than the average. These are usually providers who know what they’re worth and who want to be paid fairly for quality projects.

As you probably know, there are many other aspects of choosing a great provider, but the ones above are the most common and should be looked at first. While there’s no guarantee that you’ll get precisely what you want, taking the steps above will help ensure that you choose the best provider for you!

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Do You Need a Freelance Contract?

As a freelancer, you have to be sure that your rights are protected, including your right to get paid what you deserve for work that you do.  Many freelancers utilize contracts to ensure that this happens, but there are times when a contract is really unnecessary. Which are those times and how do you know if you need a contract or not?

Creating a Contract – Every freelancer should have a pre-written contract ready to send to a potential client if they should have need of it.  The contract should state important information, such as the type of project to be done, exactly what is involved with the creation of the project, the agreed price of the project as well as the beginning date and the deadline.

This helps protect both the project poster and the freelancer, as everything is very clear and it’s legally binding.  There are a number of resources online that can help freelancers create quick contracts that are legally binding.  A few places to look include All Freelance Directory, and Elance.  These contracts are standard ones that will have all the necessary information included.

When is a Contract Not Needed?

So, how do you know when you don’t really need one?  Below are some situations in which a contract is probably not needed.

–          You’re working for a client you’ve worked for many, many times in the past and the job is very small.

–          The job is through a bidding site and is extremely small – less than $30.

–          The client is paying in advance for the services to be rendered.

You may still feel safer by having the client sign a contract, but in some cases, clients will be reluctant to sign contracts for such small amounts of work and will consider it a waste of time. Use your own best judgment to determine whether a contract is necessary for a particular job, but remember, jobs that will take a long time or that are worth a lot of money should probably have one.

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