How to hire a virtual workerAre you a solopreneur? Are you up to your eyeballs with “to-dos”? Just not enough time in the day, ever? Yep, I know the feeling. If you’re in a relatively new business and you’ve yet to hire employees or even a personal assistant, getting everything done in a week is virtually impossible. No matter how many time-management blogs you read, you’re still at a disadvantage when you decide to build a business by yourself. Ok girls and boys, don’t worry, there’s a GREAT solution to this challenge. Time to think like the future millionaires that you aspire to be.

Stop working by yourself and find people that can help you build your empire! Here are some tips that’ll help you build a team of business partners (not employees) at a very reasonable cost.

I’m assuming that if you’re reading this, hiring a full-time staff person for every aspect of your business is simply way too expensive. No worries, there are extremely talented contractors and freelancers in the world that will help make your life 10 times easier. Notice that I said “world.” That’s right baby, you’re going global! The internet has leveled the playing field for the small guys like you and me. We can now access talented and knowledgeable professionals that specialize in just about every aspect of business. Need a personal assistant, web designer, copywriter, graphic designer, or HR specialist? With sites like vWorker.comElance.comGraphicDesignWars.com and Fiverr.com, they’re just a click away!

On a personal note, I definitely recommend usingElance.com if you’re new to hiring virtual contractors. Their site is easy to understand and they have an excellent reputation. I’ve personally spent well over $10,000 throughout the years hiring contractors on their site

The websites that I just mentioned are virtual marketplaces where freelance contractors solicit and sell their services. It all takes place online and all you have to do to join-in is go to one of these sites and type what you need. The way most of these sites work is simple….

First, when you visit the site you’ll need to post a project. A project is simply a quick service request that you fill out to solicit interested contractors. What you’re doing here is just telling all the contractors on that site what you need done in as much detail as possible. In most cases, posting a project is free of charge and can be done in 3-10 minutes, depending on the site.

After that, you’ll begin to receive numerous proposal/bid requests from contractors that believe they can fulfill your needs. The proposals typically include the price and timeframe that a contractor specifies relating to the scope of work.  Once you’ve reviewed all of the proposals, you make an informed decision and hire the contractor that you feel is best for the job. Most sites have similar features to help you decide on the right vendor. Most notably, the sites will let you see feedback that contractors have received from their previous clients and show you their previous work examples.

Once you’ve made your decision and hired your contractor, you’re now in full control of managing that person to ensure that he or she completes the project on time and on budget.

Now you may be thinking that this process is the same as going to the Yellow Pages and hiring a local company to do the work. Well, it is and it isn’t. It’s unique for a couple of main reasons. 1) When working through one of the aforementioned websites, you explain what you need once, then many different contractors compete for your business. 2) Because everything is handled through a website, the contractors are from around the world, not just your local geography. Depending on which countries the contractors represent, their prices can be much, much lower than prices that you’re used to seeing.

Let’s recap what’s been discussed so far.

  • You have too much to do every day and not enough time.
  • You want someone to help you build your business but you can’t afford a new employee.
  • There are websites that allow you to hire high-caliber professionals quickly and easily.
  • These professionals live in various parts of the world and their prices can be much less than what you’re used to paying.
  • Hiring a virtual contractor from one of these online marketplaces allows you to work smarter. You get more done and only spend time on things you like doing and are good at.

Hopefully by now you see how hiring a virtual contractor can help your business. If not, let me break it down further. Since you can’t afford to hire a full-time (or even part-time) employee to help alleviate your work load, it’s prudent of you to hire a professional contractor by using one of the websites I mentioned (i.e. vWorker.com, etc.) These contractors can help you with almost every aspect of your business from writing copy (letters, emails, etc.), designing, technical stuff, personal errands, answering calls, scheduling, selling, and the list goes on and on. By hiring one of these people you are saving time, saving money, and allowing yourself to put extra effort into the facets of your business that you enjoy and that you’re good at. Don’t like responding to customer emails every 20 minutes? Don’t do it! Hire someone! Hate using Twitter and Facebook? Hire someone to do it!

With a little bit of upfront work, you can truly double the amount of time you have in a day. So get smart and utilize other people who are great at what they do. It’s called leverage and it’s the only way you’ll be able to build a successful business. Head over to vWorker.comElance.com, or GraphicDesignWars.com and get started now!