Outsourcing with online jobs – Upwork

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At Bailey Street Design we have been using Upwork for our non core activities, such as research, social media engagement, Search Engine Optimisation, content management.

What is Upwork?

Upwork (Formerly known as oDesk) is one of the largest online outsourcing workplace where clients and contractors meet to establish and agree on work terms and conditions.  It is based in silicon valley, and has about 12. million freelancers using its platform in order to find jobs, and it adds about 12,000 daily.  As a small business up work is able to find freelancers with niche skills, reduce the hiring time and selection process and relieves me of the administrative burden of having to find permanent employees.  As I have quite small economies of scale, I still need to be able to have access to really strong talent in a short period of time.

At Upwork the most sought after skills are driven by the digital need including web and mobile software development.

Employers can post jobs for free and contractors (workers) can make their profiles, look for job postings, and bid for jobs for free. Upwork only collects 10 percent of the payment the Employer pays their contractors. The pay is made through the Upwork payment service and contractors receive their payment through the same network.

Tip to Employers:

  1. Complete your Employer/Client Profile. Workers will usually look into an employer’s profile before applying for a job. To gain a contractors trust – Complete your profile.
  2. Provide a valid payment method. Odesk will notify contractors that an employer’s payment method is not yet verified.
  3. Post Jobs under a specific category/multiple categories. This will enable contractors to find your job posting and you can then hire the right contractor for the job.
  4. Describe the characteristics you are looking for in your worker.

 Tips to Contractors and Job Seekers:

  1. Complete your Contractor Profile. Completing your contractor profile allows you to acquire more job application quotas per week.
  2. Gain good feedback from your employers. Your employers will give you a star rating for the work that you have done for them. Gaining good feedback (5 points) on most of the jobs that you have done will attract more employers to your profile.
  3. Do not bid too low or too high. Bidding to high or too low will give employers the impression that you are spamming their job posting. Bid appropriately.
  4. Do not use a template application letter. Answer the questions that the Employer is looking for. Employers would like to know if you understand what they are looking for. Answering their questions directly through your application letter will give you a good chance of getting an interview.

teamSimon is a Sydney based digital designer. He is the Director of a boutique digital design studio, Bailey Street Design located in the vibrant inner west suburb of Newtown.  Simon studied graphic design at Shillington College and specialises in web design for small and medium size businesses.  Simon and his team (Toby the studio dog) are passionate about visual communication in the digital environment


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