As a small business, outsourcing your web projects to someone experienced with freelance website work can be a wonderful decision. Actually, outsourcing web work is nothing new and it’s not just a small business solution. Outsourcing is a common occurrence with enterprise business as well. Outsourcing your custom web design and ongoing website care to a freelancer enables a company to avoid hiring a new full time employee just for one web project.
Choosing Between an Agency or Individual for Your Freelance Website Work
Choosing between a good web freelancer and an agency is up to the business owner. Choosing a web agency is likely more expensive, but they may be able to start your project sooner and complete it faster. Then again, you may enjoy a more personalized experience with a freelancer. The agency will usually have an in house team working on your project. Of course, if the agency is busy they might outsource your project as well.
Honestly, if you can find a good freelancer who also happens to be readily available, go for it! A freelancer can go from having no work to being swapped, in about one minute. It just takes one phone call and that’s it!
Certainly, there are numerous advantages to outsourcing web projects, not the least of which is the cost. The trick is finding the right person for your project. Freelance web designers or developers come in many different sizes, shapes and types. It’s really a matter of defining the scope of your web project, then matching the scope to the freelancer with the appropriate skill set.
The web development world is no different than any other industry. Rarely will you find that one person who does it all. There are front end developers, backend developers, graphic designers, coders, project managers, content editors, SEO experts, and the list goes on. Even if you can find someone that does it ALL, you can bet they’ll be way to busy. If not too busy, the price tag will be too steep. So what’s the solution?
There are freelancers out there that can handle various types of foundational freelance website work. Just like your local handyman, there are men and women handy with most web projects. An experienced all around web worker can usually take care of any basic web project requirements. Some freelancers even have a stable of other freelancers they can team up with. This is quite common and in some cases it might be a smart move to use your freelancer as your project manager.
Freelance Website Work Activities
Diverse freelance web workers are pretty darn good at a number of activities. Yes, they usually excel in one or two areas, but they are tech types and can often take care of most anything you can throw at them. Then, if too busy to handle your project completely on their own, they can get help from their friends and associates.
As an example, here’s a list of some of the skills I use for my freelance website work:
- Custom Web Design with HTML 5 and CSS 3
- Extended Website Functionalities Using Basic PHP or JS
- I Prefer Using WordPress as my CMS
- Video Editing and Creation
- Search Engine Optimization
- Google Email Set Up and Maintenance
- Social Page Design, Profiles & Optimization
- Wireframe and Photo Mockup Creation
- Local SEO Services
- Email Marketing Systems Setup & Management
There’s more, but the list above is a darn good start. If you need some freelance website work feel free to contact mer. If I’m too busy, I’ll tell you immediately. However, if you are looking for someone to build a quick and dirty site on the cheap, I’m NOT it. Please don’t call.