Freelancing has never been as popular as it is today. There are millions of freelancers and thousands of freelance agencies on tens of freelance companies all around the world. There is hardly a service needed that a freelancer cannot be found to offer such service.
This article doe not focus on freelancers but on freelance agencies.
To begin, a few freelance terms must be discussed.
Freelance Agency: A group of people, each called virtual assistant and each, experts in related fields, coming together to handle complex projects that a single freelancer won’t be able to handle.
Administrator: The convener or leader of the freelance agency. The administrator looks for the freelancers and enlists them into his agency.
Client: The person who needs a job done. A client either hires a freelancer or an agency—depending on the complexity of the job.
Job: The work the client intends to give to the agency or freelancer to handle for him.
Contract: Agreement between freelancer or agency and client. The agreement includes—but not exclusive, to terms like price, delivery time, number of revisions (the amount of time the freelancer or agency gets to edit an already finished work).
HOW IT WORKS
As a client, if you have a complex job with that will involve more than two unrelated skill, you should consider hiring an agency instead of a freelancer or different freelancers.
Let’s say you have a job and you need a freelancer.
Job Description: I want to build an SEO blog and market some of my products. The blog designer will integrate a payment method within the website. The blog will also have elements such as a particular color and logo.
Such job description needs experts in blog design, integration, graphics design, and brand management.
This is a complex job. A content writer might also be needed to write great contents for the blog. A client who has this kind of job offer should outsource it to an agency.
All freelance platforms have agencies that handles complex project. Payment method is usually between the agency and the client. The agency pays the freelancers that work on the project, on a different agreement.
ADVANTAGES OF HIRING AN AGENCY FOR COMPLEX PROJECTS
When an agency is hired, the administrator oversees the whole project; however, if you decide to hire all types of freelancers needed, you will have to manage all their contracts and works; that is, you will have to be in business relationships with the writer, the editor, the graphic designer, the blog designer, and the integrator. It’s a long and exhausting list. Also, an agency that has worked on more than five projects will have chemistry. They will be able to work more productively since they have successfully done so before.
HOW IT WORKS
Freelance agencies are found on freelance platforms. When a client posts a job on these freelance platforms, he must specify that only freelance agencies should apply for the job. To vet the different agencies, the client should check the profile of each agency, especially their work histories and reviews. The client must take note of factors like price, delivery, and reviews. Also, the client should check the profiles of each team member of the agency to know the quality of the team that will be working on the project.
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