The Internet has created an incredible new era of conducting business allowing professional services to be coordinated with company needs regardless of location and budget. From writers to lawyers to digital consultants, there are websites who bring talent and customers together for a small fee. Much like dating websites that are popularized on television commercials, you just may be able to craft a match made in heaven with the perfect person who can fill the gap in your company.
Here are a few leading online services that may help you find the professional with the exact skills you are looking for:
Elance – Searching for a writer to create web content, blogs, marketing materials, or edit your existing materials? Elance.com has a huge database of writers from all over the world that you can choose from. You can post your project to receive multiple proposals or you can scan their directory and contact those who seem to fit the qualifications that you are looking for. When you find the perfect writer for your project, you can discuss the details with them via e-mail or phone call. When the job is over, you pay the writer directly through Elance which keeps a small percentage.
UpCounsel – Employee contracts and handbooks, intellectual property protection, securities and employee equity, commercial agreements, and tax audits are just a small part of being a small business owner. While most employers are required to remain abreast of these issues, most don’t have the knowledge or time to address each of these thoroughly. At UpCounsel, you can find a lawyer that specializes in business law to aid you in running your company smoothly. You can view attorney bios and reviews or submit a query of the issue you need addressed. Several lawyers will respond with a proposal and you can choose the one that fits your case best. Plus, they offer a $5,000 money back guarantee on all legal jobs booked and paid for over their platform with a verified attorney.
TaskRabbit – Sometimes it seems nearly impossible to juggle your personal and professional life. That’s where TaskRabbit comes in: they’ll provide “Taskers” to do whatever tedious work you don’t have time for. Have a dirty house? They’ll clean it. Bought some shelves for your office that need installing? They’ll set them up. Need someone to run your errands? Just tell them where to go. Sounds good and scary all at the same time though, right? Don’t fret. They vet all of their Taskers who undergo identity and criminal record checks as well as in-person interviews and every task is insured up to $1,000,000.
Guru – is the goldmine for business owners looking for design support and other freelance talent. This site has over 1.5 million “gurus” that you can hire who specialize in web design, admin support, management and finance, engineering and architecture, sales and marketing, and writing and translation. Scroll through the profiles of the professionals offering their services and connect with the one that fits your budget and time constraints.
Our time in history may be credited for many things like the hole in the ozone layer, Ebola scares, and the origin of the selfie, but it will also be recognized for the invention and advancement of the Internet. You can literally find anything you need for your business to succeed online, and these service marketplaces will no doubt continue to grow.