Wednesday 23 January 2013
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) may be able to achieve their growth aspirations by outsourcing work to contractors, it has been claimed.
Writing for the Guardian, Matt Barrie drew attention to a recent poll conducted by the news provider which found that 79 per cent use self-employed specialists for specific tasks.
"Much of this hiring is now taking place on outsourcing websites that allow SMBs to connect to freelancers," he noted.
"Businesses no longer have to search just for local freelancers, they can now outsource virtually every part of their business to anywhere in the UK, or even the world."
Mr Barrie, chief executive of Freelance.co.uk, commented that online outsourcing can play a key role in the growth of many small businesses today.
He said it is "crucial" that the relationship between businesses and freelancers is as productive as possible.
"The first step to achieve this is to know what you want," Mr Barrie urged.
"There is a huge army of freelancers all competing for work on outsourcing sites and you want to be able to get the most appropriate [individual] and one with the best skills to bid for the work."
This helps businesses to get jobs done that they do not have the time and skills to do themselves, he stated.
Posted by Jenny Arthur