Nathan Hirsch, CEO and Co-Founder for FreeeUp.com, is here to shatter the misconceptions surrounding freelance workers and virtual assistants.
FreeeUp is not your average freelancing platform. Their strengths lie in pre-vetting, speed, and protection. FreeeUp connects businesses with the top 1% of freelancers in e-commerce, digital marketing, web development, and much more. Along with 24/7 support on the back end, they cover replacement costs if a freelancer quits.
Hirsch says that, “In 10 years over 50% of the workforce is going to be remote,” and he stresses that you should take advantage of it now to get ahead of the competition.
The Big Myths Surrounding Outsourcing
- There are a lot of things you shouldn’t outsource.
The truth is there are very FEW things you can’t outsource. Hirsch says that there are just two types of business that shouldn’t look to outsourcing: brick and mortar stores and warehouses. Every other business has work that can be outsourced.
2. Culture differences make for difficult communication.
While cultural differences are inevitable, communication always bridges the gap. Ask questions, a lot of them. Create a unified work culture that thrives on mutual curiosity and feedback.
3. They’re often on a completely different time schedule and it’s rare to sync up.
When it comes to time differences, FreeeUp allows for you to put in a request for the time that you want the remote worker to be available to you and your business. Furthermore, they will only introduce you to candidates that are available at those times. If you’re okay with working times opposite to your freelancer, make sure that you set up check-in points or overlap for a period of time in order to maintain communication.
Communication is everything.
A lot of the misconceptions people have when it comes to hiring freelancers, virtual assistants, and outsourcing, in general, can be solved with a healthy dose of communication.
Whether you’re working with your staff in an office or independently, communication is and always will be key. Hirsch says that first, you have to define what your culture is and set expectations right from the very beginning. Make it black and white, and get everything in writing to avoid issues down the line.
Now that you’ve broken through the myth barrier around outsourcing, listen to the rest of Nathan Hirsch’s interview on this episode of the Garlic Marketing Show to find out what you should be outsourcing, how to get started, and more!
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Links and Resources:
- Episode 106: Building a Business is Like Starting a Rock Band with Mitch Russo
- Episode 105: Mastering Your Email Mailing List with David Riklan
- Episode 104: How Marketers Can Use Video and Email to Tell a Story with Erik Harbison