The Virtual Liaison
Liaison is a funny word. In my mind, it conjures up images of some secretive…
No one is debating the value of online outsourcing.
However, one of the biggest challenges facing outsourcers is the ability to recruit and staff up quickly with quality workers. In this article we’ll take a look at a few options for reducing your risk and making an informed hiring decision.
In today’s marketplace there are essentially 4 options at your disposal.
There’s really nothing stopping you from creating an oDesk or Elance profile, posting a job, and making your first hire.
Most small businesses (probably 90% or more) follow this model. The benefits of doing this are as follows:
However, as with anything, there are problems to consider. Jumping in and doing it yourself with very little outsourcing experience also has these drawbacks.
Most people who follow the DIY approach usually wait for applicants to find their job postings, which yields a much lower quality applicant pool (as compared to sending proactive invitations to interview to select candidates).
We’ve already established that doing it yourself, although quick and relatively cheap, may not be the best investment of your time or your money.
For people who do like to do things themselves (I’m one of them), it may be wise to consider purchasing some outsourcing training. Those who follow this blog know that I recently launched a training series that lays out all of my outsourcing best practices. You can access the first video for free, or you can buy the entire package by clicking here. It might be a wise investment for your business.
In addition, oDesk offers some useful outsourcing resources on its support site. Check their support site regularly for interesting topics and news.
oDesk recently launched a beta service for enterprise clients, allowing you can engage with their recruiting staff at no extra cost to your business.
I have a few clients who have tried this service, and so far we’ve had moderate success. However, it still remains to be seen if they can keep up with the demand. You can check the options that they offer by clicking here.
Take for example, Bolton Remote, a firm that offers full-time freelancers for hire. The model works something like this.
I’ve started engaging with Bolton Remote and other firms and have seen positive results so far. The benefits are certainly tangible.
Things continue to evolve and change rapidly. I believe an increase in the number of “white glove” service providers will continue to expand and help bring order to the outsourcing world. It will be interesting to see how things will develop.
I encourage you to share your thoughts and best practice in the comments section below.