Hiring Freelancers To Run Your Business
When you pictured yourself as an entrepreneur, you probably didn’t imagine all the administrative and annoying tasks that would come with it. You likely saw yourself doing what you love and slaying at it. Hiring freelancers to run your business can help you bring your real vision of being an entrepreneur to life.
Don’t let the unknowns of starting a team keep you from increasing your productivity and making bank in your zone of genius. Sometimes you can’t reach your next goal unless you get the help you need. That’s why we’ve got your back with a starter guide to hiring freelancers to run your business.
Who to Hire
You know you desperately need help (hello 2 am email session), but where do you start? Figuring out who to hire to help run your business is the first challenge to overcome.
The key to deciding who to hire is to walk through the actions you take in your business each day, month, quarter, and year.
This might look like scheduling calls, sending invoices, writing blogs, paying taxes, meeting with clients, working on projects, designing graphics, and so on. Once you have a list of all the tasks you take on, you can decide which to outsource first.
You may want to prioritize what you hire someone to do by how much time you’ll gain, how much you dislike a task, or how much it will add to your bottom line. The strategy you use is up to you. Whatever you choose, you want to make sure that hiring someone will end up with you making more money in the end (or more time if you’d rather have that). Your goal is to scale smart.
Where to Find Freelancers
Once you know who you want to help you run your business, you need to figure out how to find them. With a whole world of freelancers to peruse, this can easily get overwhelming. If you focus on your ideal freelancer and what exactly you want them to do, you’ll be able to find someone to fill that spot rather quickly.
A fantastic place to start is in your own network of friends. Do they know of the perfect person for the job? Maybe they’ve hired someone before or have been impressed by someone’s work online. These referrals can be extremely valuable.
Next, look in the networking groups you’re a part of and ask there. If you’re in a Facebook group of boss babes or graphic design gurus, you may be surprised who answers your call. Even if you don’t personally know someone, if you have similar interests and hang out in the same places, chances are they’ll get what you need for your biz.
When you want to start fresh, check out a job site like Upwork. This handy little business tool was created specifically to connect freelancers and projects. You’ll get a wide range of proposals for the work you need and while some won't be what you’re looking for, you’ll find several gems ready to help run your business.
How to Start Smoothly
You’re almost there to having freelancers who run your business! Now it’s time to get your chosen team onboard and hustling hard.
For each freelancer, you’ll likely need to assign tasks, review work if necessary, and keep things moving to the next project.
Sounds like you need a team management system, right? While you can certainly keep everything in a Google sheet, software like Asana or Trello can help you keep things organized and going smoothly with your freelancers.
Once you train your team on the specifics of what you need them to do, you can easily assign them tasks and ensure that they’re completed with the help of team management software. Not only will this keep you organized, it will also free up a lot of space in your inbox.
What to Do Next
Once you’ve hired your first freelancer to run your business, the burdens of being a boss will begin to lift. But what do you do next? You can continue this process of hiring freelancers until you love where your business is at.
With each team member you hire, make time to evaluate how things are going. Are they contributing in a helpful way? Do they meet important deadlines? Have they made a positive difference in how you run your business each day? It’s always a good idea to step back and evaluate your business from afar.
You don’t want to keep moving forward if you’re not doing it in an efficient way that will lead you to your goals.
Eventually, you will have a team of freelancers to run your business just how you imagined it and that’s worth every second spent hiring and on-boarding.