The top 10 most in-demand skills in 2019

As technology progresses, skills that are becoming trendy and more in-demand change. In 2019, these in-demand skills have been the following:

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing experts store and access data and software on a cloud of servers which are available over the Internet instead of saving the data on a single server or computer.

What cloud computing offers is the on-demand availability of data resources. Resources such as data storage anywhere and anytime, without the users’ need to actively manage these resources. 

Cloud computing minimizes IT infrastructure costs and speeds up the process of running an application. And these benefits make specialists in this field very in demand. Big companies such as IBM and Amazon are offering their cloud computing services now. Those companies who are going to use these services need skilled cloud computing experts in order to use these services. Since it is a rather new technology, the demand for experts in this field is higher than the experts available.

Data Science

Data science has been another in-demand skill in 2019. Data science is a combination of mastery in math, statistics, and computer programming. Since there are not so many professionals in the field, it is a highly in-demand skill. It is also a high paying one.
It’s no surprise that Harvard Business Review has called it the “sexiest job of the 21st Century”. Data science helps businesses make sense of the huge amounts of data they produce and create insights from them. 

This helps businesses be better at predicting future trends and how they can compete with their rivals. This is an essential part of the digital age as we should deal with big data. We cannot interpret these data without a scientific analysis if we just look at them independently of each other. This is when data science can be of help. From the massive amount of data that data scientists and data analysts are dealing with, they can extract information and make solid predictions which couldn’t be done otherwise.

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Animation also has become one of the trendy and in-demand skills in 2019. Since we are in the Internet era and businesses want to increase their brand awareness as well as attract more customers through social channels, and due to more interest of users in videos than still pictures, companies are eager to create a video/animation representation of their products or services to showcase them online in an enticing way for their users. And there are many companies who are in a transition to the online world and require different aspects of their business to gain an online identity.

From a designer’s point of view, animation is still a complicated skill. It requires both creativity and a bit of coding skills. This puts it among the top-paying skills as well as in demanded ones.

Digital Marketing

Among the in-demand skills that are most popular in recent years, digital marketing is one of the most varied in terms of the sub-skills it has. It is a combination of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Social Media Management (SMM), Advertising, Content Marketing, … and people working in this areas are usually specialist in one of these sub-skills. 

Digital marketing became very popular when websites and social media emerged. This is when businesses started their online presence and aimed for most visibility and engagement on the Internet. It is still happening and businesses cannot drop out of this competition; or they will lose in this race and get lost in the myriad of data online.

Digital marketers help in keeping websites and social presence at the top of the game. This hasn’t and isn’t going to become any less important now and in the coming years.

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Business Analysis

As a business analyst, you need to work on three levels. First, in the business-level, you are looking at how business workflows operationally. Second, in the software-level, you are dealing with how the software systems support the business workflow and last, in the information-level, you manage how data and information are stored and maintained by the organization. 

Although business analysts and data scientists are both data-focused roles, they differ in that a business analyst analyzes data and assesses requirements from a business perspective related to an organization’s overall system. Generally speaking, data scientists work more on the front end of the data collection and analysis business. They tend to develop more technical skills in the area of collecting and analyzing data. While business analysts typically focus on finding trends in data and developing ways to leverage that information to improve an organization’s operations, data scientists tend to look more at what drives those trends.

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Translation has been a long-time skill required throughout the world; which works both for facilitating communication between people from different parts of the world as well as transferring information from one language to the next. This increases knowledge in destination languages.

Although there has been a great effort in improving machine translation to the point that machines replace human, this skill is still mostly in the domain of humans. We cannot get the quality of translation a human performs from a machine yet.

That’s why we still need translators who work in different languages and this is a widely used skill. It doesn’t seem to become obsolete anytime soon either.

Mobile App Development

With the prevalence of mobile devices, the need for applications that perform tasks for us on them has increased. These applications make life easier and augment us beyond our natural capacities. We no longer need to remember our tasks, an app would remind us. We can find out about the weather forecast without waiting for the news to announce it. And many more, yet to be invented applications that can move us beyond our limitations.

These mobile applications are developed every day by mobile app developers. It’s only the beginning of the era of app development; and it seems to become more and more in demand as the time goes by. That’s why if you are working in this area, there are plenty of jobs that you can find and work in. 

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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence(AI) is still one of the in-demand skills in 2019. There is still so much to be done in this field. We are moving toward a goal to make machines intelligent to the point that they can perform human-like actions without error. One of the recent applications of AI has been in driverless cars that is still an ongoing project. But doesn’t end here. There are a great number of tasks that AI can perform for us. We need to develop machines, capable of doing them.

That’s why AI experts and machine learning professionals are among the experts required by top-rated companies. Companies like IBM are investing in this field generously and they are getting promising results as well. This is a skill that not only the private sector is investing in, but also governments are also hiring for, in top-level jobs and with very high salaries. 

People Management

Moving from all the high tech skills, we still need our soft skills to manage people and build successful businesses. These skills vary from leadership to problem-solving skills to micromanagement and many more skills in this area.

People Management will not be automated soon because it has many intricacies that are not easy to implement in machines; even not all types of personalities are able to perform well in this job. Therefore, people management is still very in-demand skill and among the top-paying jobs.

These are the skills that are becoming more in demand in 2019 and more companies are looking for experts in. Many of these in-demand skills are easy to perform remotely and as a freelance job and there are lots of freelancing businesses created around these fields in recent years. For example, there are professional freelances from India and East Asia that perform well in IT jobs. Many East Asian freelancers are good at Technology-related jobs like Data Science and Programming. There are bilingual or multilingual Translators from around the world who translate to and from their native language to English. There are Expert freelance designers and Animators who work remotely and perform top-quality results. You can find them all in freelancing platforms available online.

Top 3 soft skills you need to acquire as a freelancer

As a freelancer, you not only need to have specific skills to perform a job, you also need some soft skills that make the flow of the job easier for you and the other side. These skills will help you in not one job, but in your whole career and even beyond your career, they could help you in other aspects of life as well. So here are the top three skills that we deem essential for your career success as a freelancer.

Communication skills

Whether you work as a full-time employee or a remote working freelancer, you need to have communication skills that facilitate your interactions with people who hire you or the team you are a part of. There’s no way out of it. Otherwise, you might lose future opportunities and the chance to be recommended to the next client. Not having communication skills might also lead to an untimely ending of a project where it could continue and get extended have you had those skills.

One of the most important communication skills is being comfortable with conversing with strangers. Your client could be from a country where their English sounds different, or, he could have a very serious face which seems intimidating(if you are video chatting). She might speak either too fast or too slow or with a high or a low voice. 

In each of these cases, keeping your composure and being resilient to the differences you experience to increase your chances of landing the job. 

Not only that, communication is a two-way street. You should prepare yourself to speak clearly and energetically, with passion and enthusiasm. And not only that, you need to be able to convey your message in a way that a client from a different part of the world understands it too. It is not limited to oral communication. You should be good at written communication as well. Writing a good job proposal as well as clearing the misunderstanding that might happen in an encounter is easy when you are good at communicating.

Negotiation Skills

This skill is essential when two parties are bargaining over something. In the case of freelancers and clients, they are bargaining over money and services they offer to the other party. Negotiation is an important skill when you have something to gain from the other side. This is the case for both freelancers and clients. It happens at one point if you are getting hired for a full-time position but happens frequently for freelancers and their clients. It is an art to convince the other side that what you offer is more valuable than what they offer.

Negotiation skills are also useful when a disagreement has happened and you want to achieve the best result for yourself. 

In the freelancing field, negotiation starts even before the conversation; by the rate a freelancer has set for himself and the budget of the project the client has defined. We get anchored by the prices and the fees we see in front of us. And we anchor the other party by our rate and skills and how we describe ourselves.

It continues when we bid on a project and the client starts a conversation with us. There, we can really promote our professionalism and our skills if we know how to use the words and even the pauses. When we know our skills and the quality of work we can offer well enough, then we know when to settle on a fee and when to continue negotiating with the other party. And it’s not just about the money. Sometimes you may charge less than you deserve, only to get a better recommendation from the client. So that you can land higher-paying jobs on your next endeavor.

Problem-solving skills

When you work as a freelancer, you are not faced with a simple routine day in and day out. Your jobs might vary and you may face new challenges with every new project you participate in. That’s why you should be good at problem-solving and it starts with not being afraid to face new unknown challenges.

As a freelance logo designer, for example, you should understand different criteria that the client sets to offer a logo which meets them. And it differs from one project to the next. As a freelance writer, you must comply with the likes and dislikes of the client and write not only based on the standards of writing effectively but also paying attention to the comments of the client and what they need. This might not seem an easy problem from afar; but when you want to do it yourself, there are a lot of issues to consider. And that’s why as a freelancer, you should be a good problem-solver as well.

You need to be creative if you want to solve problems effectively in your job. Creativity is one of the essential requirements for problem-solving; and not only that but the jobs you have at hand also require a degree of creative thinking to perform. And creativity can be increased if you train yourself for it.

Being a successful freelancer requires certain soft skills like the ones mentioned above but not limited to them. You should prepare yourself to be good at these skills in order to have a successful career as a freelancer; because they affect each and every job you get hired for. And they could be acquired and learned. So, consider working on them from today.

7 ways to increase productivity among a team of employees

Are you a manager with a few or a lot of employees directly reporting to you? It is sometimes becoming frustrating to manage them and you don’t know where the problem is, to begin with? There are certain characteristics that transform you from a good manager to a great one and help you in increasing your team productivity; and the good news is, that they could be learned. Here in this post, we are talking about the most important characteristics that will help you achieve that goal. 

1. Be a compassionate leader

Be a relatable person instead of an overbearing boss. Employees are humans in the first place, they have lives and problems other than what happens in the workplace. If you want them to feel devoted to their jobs, they need to feel understood and trusted by their colleagues and even more importantly by you. If you see your employee is not delivering a timely result, first ask them humanely what’s up in their life. Maybe their reasons are valid enough for you to get convinced. 

And learn how to empathize with your employees whenever necessary. Sometimes a small amount of empathy goes a long way and leads to a much better performance in the future.

2. Give positive feedback and motivate

From the perspective of an employee, a small compliment or an acknowledgment of what they have done right is really valuable and rewarding. It will boost their confidence and motivation to do the task with all their energy. 

Good leaders know that giving positive feedback from time to time to their employees has this positive impact on them and their performance and will give them extra energy to proceed and complete the task.

3. Don’t penalize or patronize

Unlike motivating and giving positive feedback that boosts energy and performance of the employees, penalizing them because of their mistakes or patronizing them, specially in front of others has a detrimental effect on them and the job they are going to do. It disincentives them and in the end, you will probably end up with poorer results as well as a disloyal employee. 

This penalizing, when done in front of others, has a negative effect on the rest of the team as well, as it creates a negative image of you as a leader who might treat any other employee the same way any time.

This approach to modifying employees behavior or action only could increase the anxiety and tension in the team and at the end backfires in the results. So, be careful when you get agitated or emotionally triggered and learn how to manage your emotions to express them intelligently.

4. Have regular online meetings and gather your team to bring them into sync

Having regular weekly or biweekly meetings with the team of employees has several benefits for the progress of the work which are:

  1. It keeps every member of the team up to date and well informed about the status quo of the project.
  2. It makes each employee prepare some results for the meeting which makes the team progress steadily and effectively.
  3. Having these regular meetings reminds every team member about the goals and missions of the project and aligns them to the most efficient path to this ending point.
  4. Staff meeting allows members of the team to think together and reach solutions that might not have been found had they not thought and interacted with each other.

5. Demand from the employees to be result-oriented

Work culture is evolving and instead of being time-oriented, it is shifting to be result-oriented; (that’s why we are moving toward hiring freelancers instead of full-time employees). This shift needs to be taught and asked from the employees who are used to working on a timely basis as well. It could become result-oriented when we quantify the results into numbers and data that are measurable. These are called, Key Performance Indicators (or KPIs) and these KPIs have become a part of many job requirements in recent years and are increasingly becoming popular.

Having KPIs and following them in order to achieve results requires some adjustment in the style of management; and also needs to be taught to the workforce. Therefore, in order to quantify performance and progression, we, as the managers and leaders need to start using and implementing these indicators first in our own performance and demand them from our teams next.

6. Be a role-model

Employees usually follow their managers when it comes to job quality and how complete and thorough they perform their jobs. If the manager does his/her job with high standards, then normally the employees will follow suit and if not, there can be no expectations from the employees.

Moreover, the manager normally embodies the core values of a company for his employees. Every company should have a mission that it operates by and the values that it aligns itself with. And every manager, in order to be a good role model for his employees, needs to follow these missions and values.

7. Use project tracking tools

Now that work is specialized enough for everyone to follow a certain set of detailed tasks and there are so many tasks to delegate to the teams, having a tool to manage the whole project and its including tasks has become necessary.

There are several decent project tracking tools that you could employ for your tasks and projects. And we are going to introduce a few of them here:


An easy to use and simple software which has both a desktop and a mobile version. Trello is a dashboard-style app that enables users to create and move projects easily; and categorize or delegate them in a few quick clicks. This dashboard’s visual options makes it an easy tool to work with and understand what is done as well as what needs to be done.


Todoist is a more professional app for project management; and its premium version is something that will answer your needs most. It is available in different platforms and has a wide variety of options to use and manage your projects neatly.


Jira is one of the popular project management tools. It allows users to assign, track and document their tasks and projects. Jira is based on the Agile project management methodology; and like other Agile-based softwares, it continues to evolve and upgrade regularly.

You need to know that being a manager is an art and you need to be an artist and creative in applying the tools and methods that you own or learn, in the right place and at the right time. By learning these items, you are one step closer to being prepared for this right time and the right place to use all these tools efficiently.

The Benefits of Freelance Working

As its name indicates, freelancing brings freedom to work without the usual employee restrictions. As a freelance worker, you are working at any time and any place for any amount of time with any number of intervals and with any client that you feel like to. In general, there are a number of benefits worth mentioning that we are going to note here.

Work from anywhere and at anytime

When you work at a full-time job, you have to wake up at a certain time (or earlier) and you get to go to work all the weekdays, sit in a certain desk at a certain place and have the same certain routine every single day. This makes life routine, dull and without excitement. But if you work as a freelancer, you can start and finish your day anytime you feel most like it. You get to work from home, a park or on a boat somewhere in the ocean. You have the option to pause as many times as you need between your work, which gives you the opportunity to let your mind wander and as a result think more creatively. 

Imagine working as a freelance designer from a remote cabin in the woods somewhere out of the town this week and the next week working from a beach in Malibu. How cool would that be?

You can work from dawn if you feel sleepless one day or work till late after midnight another day and sleep until noon if you feel like it. Not everyone is most productive from 9-5 and some people are nocturnal, which means their performance is highest during night time. 

The more you work, the more you get paid

In a freelancing culture, you get paid fairly based on the amount of work you do. For instance, whether you want to work 10 hours a week or 10 hours a day, you can and it is within your own control and you will get paid accordingly. 

Some even choose to work freelance out of their full-time jobs, in order to be able to afford their lives. That’s also an option one can consider. So either way, in a freelancing job, your payment goes up according to your expertise, your past experiences and how much time you would want to work.

A good opportunity for jobs that require a quiet workspace

Workspace is constantly evolving and it usually doesn’t consider an individual’s personality or work type. For instance, the flat workspace works well for some jobs like sales and marketing which requires employees to interact with each other constantly, but it won’t be an ideal place for a journalist or a writer who need peace and quiet in order to focus on what they write. This flat environment is also good for extroverts who enjoy socializing with their colleagues, but for an introvert, it will be a painstakingly difficult work environment. 

Having the option to work as a freelance writer or a freelance artist gives the individuals the perfect opportunity to create their best work and be more productive.

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Work with different clients/employers and enjoy the variation

Unlike a full-time job where you usually have only one boss who does not change and you need to endure working with whether you like him or not, in a freelance job, you work with different clients with different personalities and you can choose to continue working with a client with whom you find you have most in common and stop working with a client who bothers you one way or the other. 

Aside from that, working with different people gives you resilience and flexibility to be able to get along with a wide variety of personalities and helps you in your professional life as well as your personal.

No daily commute

One of the main benefits of working remotely is that you won’t need to go to work every day. This has social benefits as well as personal ones. When you don’t commute daily to your work, you don’t lose that time in heavy traffic and you get to either rest or work at that time. Besides, when you work remotely, you won’t contribute to the heavy traffic of the rush hours. Freelancing could be a solution to the heavy traffic and air pollution of many mega cities and could revolutionize urban planning in a huge way.

Be your own boss

When you work as a freelancer you are your own boss. You decide about so many things that as a full-time employee, you don’t get to decide for. For instance, you can decide to go on a two-month vacation to a remote island and no one would need to confirm that decision. You can even decide to work during your trip, or even more dramatically, decide to become a digital nomad, someone who wanders around the world and works remotely to pay for the kind of free lifestyle they have chosen. These are all your decisions to make and it makes life amazing to be able to decide for your own self.

How to have a website designed for your business?

If you are starting a new business, you will probably need to create an online presence (design a website) to attract more attention toward your products or services. 70 to 80% of consumers research a business online before visiting in person or making a purchase. That’s why having a website, specially a well-designed and optimized website has become very important.

Now, specially if you are not familiar with web design, it might seem very confusing to find and contrast professional from amateur designers and developers. Here, we are going to give you some criteria for starting your web design and development project.

1. Define your goals for wanting to have a website

First off, know what you want, and why you want to have a website. The main purpose of a business website is to turn visitors into customers.

Deciding on having or not having a website depends on the type of business and products or services you offer. For example, if you are a local supermarket, it’s probably less crucial for you to have a website. Since your customers are usually locals who come to your shop to purchase what they want; it’s unlikely for them to want to place an order online. 

On the other hand, if you are selling specific products, let’s say apparels, that have a wider range of customers, not necessarily local to you, then having a website to showcase your products to a wider audience is not just wise, but vital for your business to thrive.

That’s why, looking at your business, you need to set goals for what you want to achieve and how these goals are attainable.

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2. Specify what you exactly want from your website

Ask yourself, “what is it that my website will do for my business?”

A website designer or a developer implement your demands and requests for the most part and at times, they will give you advice and recommendations. But in the end, you know what your business needs and what a website can add for it. Therefore, you need to specify what you want to get out of a website. Do you want it to be an e-commerce website or an introductory site that increases awareness around your business? Do you want it to look friendly or professional? What options does it give to the audience, can they sign up and perform something online or is it going to be an educational platform where they can enroll and learn something new?

These are all factors needed to be determined ahead of designing the website. They will give the designers and the developers a clear understanding of the task in hand; and help them deliver a more accurate result, one that is closer to your request.

In addition to design, an option that has become prominently popular is paying attention to the User eXperience(UX). UX of the website comes ahead of design and determines how a user experiences working with your website.

In order to find out which type of website suits your business best and what kind of experience you want your users to have on your website, it’s better to do some research, on your competitor’s or similar businesses’ websites.

3. Determine if you want an in-house or a freelance designer or developer

Depending on your budget and your demands, you might want to hire an in-house or a freelance designer or developer. If your budget allows it and you need someone who works close to you with whom you can interact constantly and get feedbacks, then having an in-house designer or developer is the better choice. Specially if your work progresses constantly and it’s not just a one time project.

However, if your budget is limited and you don’t have the resources (the office space and the digital equipment) for the job, hiring a freelancer could be more useful. There are websites like Perfectlancer that help you find talented professionals who can build your website. And you get to pay them only when you are completely satisfied with the result you have received without the need to pay any extra fees.

4. Check out their previous work, resumes and interview them

When you found some web designers and developers to choose from, it’s time for checking their backgrounds. See of how quality was their past work and how satisfied their previous employers were with the results they received. In the freelancing platforms, it’s easily discoverable by looking at the ratings and reviews written by past clients of each freelancer. The higher their ratings and the better the reviews, the more reliable their work will be. And you get to pick the ones you find more likely to deliver the results you are looking for (whose taste you find similar to yours). 

Having a website created requires a lot of considerations on the project management part; or the person(s) in charge of this creation or redesign. When you are looking for the right person to work with, you need to know what you want from them in advance; and what will be your website’s options and facilities. That’s why having a good perspective on the items mentioned above will help you to deliver a clear understanding of the problem to the designer and the developer and consequently, earn more accurate and desirable results.

Having your website designed and developed isn’t an easy task if you don’t know what you exactly want from it. A UX Expert could help you find out how your site works and gives it a better flow. But in the end, it’s you who know what options your website should have. And that requires thinking ahead and delegating the job of design and development to top professionals in their field.

Tips on hiring and managing a team of Freelancers

If you have newly started your business and are intending on hiring freelancers, you need to learn about how to manage the team of freelancers you are going to work with. There are many criteria you should take into consideration and we have listed the main points here for you.

Be careful when hiring

This is probably one of the most crucial steps of all. When hiring a freelancer, you need to consider if their expertise is exactly relevant to your needs and demands, whether they are proficient enough in the area they are working in and whether their past projects where finished satisfyingly. 

One of the items that is easy to check if you are using a hiring platform is by checking their reviews and ratings. A rating of 3 or less is suspicious enough for you to be careful when hiring. Clients usually hire people with a rating of 4 and higher, because with that high of a rating, it’s usually easier to judge the quality of work you will receive. 

Another thing that you need to take into account when hiring a freelancer is to chat with them and see how easy going and composed they are in communication. If they are qualified but hot-tempered and not easily accepting criticism, then that should be a red flag you need to be careful about.

Brief the freelancers on the project

Before starting to work with a freelancer, let them know what the project is going to be and how you expect them to fulfill the task they will be hired to do. If they seem unsure of their capabilities, you will know that early on and can decide sooner than later, and if they are competent to finish the task, you will see that within the conversation you have with them. It’s important to let them know about all the details and expectations you have from them for them to be able to deliver the best possible results.

Get them to know the other team members

Aside from knowing the project, when a freelancer is working as a part of a team within a project, it’s better if they get to know one another and be able to communicate with each other. Once you are working as a team, there are parts of a job that different professionals look at and understand differently and unless they talk about them, it’s not possible for them to reach a mutual understanding and deliver an integrated result. 

This understanding happens organically when a team works physically in one location because they interact and discuss the project while working on it, but it doesn’t happen naturally for the freelancing teams and needs to be orchestrated by a person who manages the team.

Perfectlancer works as a free team management platform for employers. It lets them manage the freelancers and teams easier than ever before.

Familiarize them with your goals and values

For a team,  be it a team of freelancers or full-time employees, knowing the goals and values they are working by, helps them become more successful at reaching and realizing them more easily than if they don’t. These goals and values are like having a certain destination and the signs that show the path. 

Without a clear destination and without a clear path, people might drift away from the right path. Having a goal and showing and reminding the team about it within the process of the work will help them not get diverted from it and realize it quickly and easily.

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Set clear expectations

When you work with a group for a long time, they get to know you and learn about your personality and principles, your demands and what you expect from them. But with the freelancers, you usually do not work for very long and they don’t know you very well, neither do you know them very deeply and thoroughly. 

By talking clearly about your expectations, your beliefs about the job and what you need of them to do and how, they will get on track much quicker and will do as you intend them to. Rather than learning to adapt to the job and their employer the hard way.

Use tracking tools

Aside from the abstract items that you need to consider when managing a team of freelancers, there are aspects of the job that need to be measured physically. Things like the time freelancers spend on the job; and for that, there are a number of time tracking tools which not only measure the time one spends on a task, but lets the freelancer write the details of what he/she has done within a specific range of time for the project. This way the client, when he has delegated an hourly task to someone, can track their performance in a solid way so that both parties are trusting each other while working together.

Make the experience worthwhile for both you and them

If you find a valued freelancer, one who does the job perfectly, you want to keep them for your next projects as well. After all, it’s not usually easy to find someone with whom you are completely satisfied to work. That’s why, when you find a person or a team that you are content with their performance, let them know about it and give them positive feedback whenever possible.

Let them know that they are valued and that your collaboration with them will continue even after this project is finished. Also, give them good ratings and write an explanatory positive review so that they know their efforts have been appreciated. 

And whenever they need mentoring and coaching, give it to them and help them grow and prosper. If there’s a freelancer who is not performing optimally, help them improve. Do it by giving them constructive feedback and let them do the same with you too.

It might seem difficult to work with freelancers in the beginning. But once you learn how to manage them, working with freelancers often than not becomes an easy task. And you get to do much more with much less budget and effort. 

You only need to take into consideration the points mentioned above when starting to work with freelancers. After a few experiences, you’ll get used to this type of contract-based delegation; and your projects will be finished with both satisfaction and ease.

How to start a Startup with minimal budgets

There are many ideators who have a great idea but do not have the financial requirements for actualizing it. What if Uber’s founders couldn’t start up their project and their idea had not been realized? Of course, at some point during the procedure of project, if the idea seems valuable to the venture capitalists, they will invest in it. But to get to that point, there needs to be some progress, and for that progress to happen, some startups have limited budgets. Here we are going to guide you to start your startup with a minimal budget and move on to the next step.

Create a business plan

Every business, whether it’s small or big, requires a plan. A detailed plan that shows where we start from and where we are aiming to reach. This is called a business plan. It includes an executive summary, which is an overview of the business; the vision of the business, including the introduction of the team and what they offer; the business goals and the key selling points. 

The business plan requires detailed information about the people who are in the team or are going to be hired, based on their skillsets. And finally, it must include financial predictions and estimates, like cash flow forecasts and balance sheets.

A new rising business also needs a marketing strategy which consists of market research, the decision on segmentation, positioning, and targeting of the product or service that it offers to the market. In addition, it requires details about competitors and market trends. 

Plan a business strategy based on limited budgets

The financial statement is one of the essential items in the list, not that other items are any less important. But the financial statement determines many things about business evolution. Things like how the business is going to profit and where might be profits and losses; what paid marketing channels are available to use and which aren’t. And finally, how much spending budget we have to promote the business. These are not easy to estimate if we do not have the financial data from the beginning of a business. Not having this data might put the business at risk of losing money where it was not necessary.

The Benefits of Freelance Working

Look for investors

Usually, a startup’s initial funding is collected within the team and by the investment of the team members on the project.

However, some startups do not have sufficient funding for even launching the MVP (the Minimal Valued Product). There is a solution for this group of creative-minded skillful individuals to move onto the next level. That’s by finding investors, the kind of investors who do not mind to invest in a project early on. This could be done by venture capitalists or angel investors and in return, they receive equity or shares.

There are different channels to find these investors for a startup. Usually by mutual connections or angel investor networks and proving to these investors that you are ready to attract investment.

Hire freelancers

With a new emerging business and a minimal budget, startups usually don’t have enough funding at the beginning of the project to hire full-time professionals to build their team. That’s why hiring freelancers is a wise choice. It gives them a chance to both evaluate different individual experts for a single position and attract the most qualified finally. Also to build a team without spending great amounts of the capital early on.

There are many places to find freelancers from Facebook to Reddit to LinkedIn. But these are not specifically tailored platforms for hiring freelancers. And that’s why they do not have the requirements of an ideal place to find qualified experts and hire them for a short term contract with escrow services and payment and tax services. 

Now, Perfectlancer is a platform where you can easily and quickly search and hire top freelancers and work with them. You can pay them after the job is done and only if you are completely satisfied with the results. And unlike other similar platforms, you do not need to pay any extra fees than the payment to the freelancer. (you pay 0% transaction fee). Perfectlancer is where you can start building your team professionally and make your startup business move on faster and more successfully.

How to increase productivity as a freelancer

Freelancing is becoming more and more popular among millennials and it is a type of work requires you to increase your productivity. But, due to the nature of remote working, which usually consists of working from home or while traveling, freelancers are prone to putting off their work and procrastinating than those full-time contractors.

This, as a result, decreases their productivity and their quality of work, their timeliness, and consequently, their earning. With all the tools available online, we can get rid of our procrastination habit and start taking our freelance jobs seriously. 

Here, we are going to introduce 7 ways to you to stop wasting your time and start increasing your productivity.

1. Don’t let your autopilot mind command your activity

Our minds tend to work in a routine way, the more we use a brain pathway (which means, the more we repeat a behavior) the more we get hooked on that pathway and that pathway becomes stronger in time as a result. This is one of the processes behind creating a habit and these habits could either push us forward toward our desired goals or hinder us on the way to them. 

One of these epidemic habits among millennials (and onward) is social networking and checking smartphones every few minutes.

This habit has a great impact on personal as well as social behavior of the people having it, like their level of productivity in their jobs.

To avoid that, start by limiting your social media activity and if it’s really hard for you to do right off, set a minor limit in the beginning and increase it as the time goes by. If, for instance, you don’t know how much time you spend on social media, first become aware of the time you spend and then put a 10 minute limit on that on day one and log in to social media in 10-minute intervals. Expand the limit to 8 minutes on the next day and so on. 

If you think you are not that disciplined to do it yourself, try to use one of the apps that help you with this. A couple of apps that you could use on your phone to free yourself from your addiction to social media are “Moment” and “Quality time”.

2. Stop procrastinating by setting goals and deadlines

Procrastination is not exclusive to millennials, but it’s a habit widespread among them due to their tech-driven lifestyles. The reasons behind procrastination vary from fear of failure to wanting to do the job perfectly, which leads people to not start doing what they are supposed to do, to begin with. 

We can avoid procrastination by writing about the reasons behind why we don’t want to start a task and try to see the root cause behind this putting off. Moreover, we could write down the goals and incentives that motivate us to follow through and remind ourselves repeatedly about why they matter to us.

Also, setting deadlines to finish a job at a certain point in time and trying to deliver on time is another step in increasing productivity by eliminating procrastination.

Tips on hiring and managing a team of Freelancers

3. Create a timetable for every task from beginning to the end

It’s crucial to have goals and motivation to do a job, but without a detailed timetable and dividing your jobs into minor tasks, it’s very difficult, if not impossible, to deliver them completely and satisfyingly.  With that in mind, we can use as simple as a notepad and a pen and break down our job into a daily schedule, or we can use our phone calendar (or online calendar’s like Google Calendar,…) and write down the tasks needed to be done in order to complete a job.

This writing down of tasks and checking them one by one at the point of completion gives us a perspective of how much work we have done and how much is left. It also motivates us to continue until the end and organizes our plan in a visible manner, so that we don’t need to keep so many things in our memory and we can refer to our daily planner or calendar to see the status quo.

4. Practice focus

In this distracting world where every ad, every medium, and every person is trying to hunt our attention, becoming an attention deficit is not so outrageous. We need to find a way to get passed this if we want to keep our productivity and performance level high. There are some methods to strengthen our attention and keep ourselves focused. First, by avoiding multitasking and paying attention to only one task at a time, you train your brain to focus more intensely on one thing and not jump between different topics while thinking. Second, by practicing meditation and mindfulness one learns to avoid mental chatter and silence the distracted mind which subsequently leads to an increase in focus and attention and higher productivity.

5. Find your productive hours

While some people can practically work anytime they start, some people need to work at certain times, and even in a certain place, with little or no distractions. If you are among the second group, start by noticing when during the work hours you are most productive and when this productivity starts to decline. 

As a freelancer, you have the privilege of working at any time you want, so in order to not spend excessive energy on the jobs you do, do them on the times you feel most productive. If you are a morning person, for example, start early and use most of the morning time on the jobs you are doing.

6.    Get in shape

While a good diet, enough sleep, and exercise help you sustain your health, it also gives you the benefit of better mental power and a higher chance of being more productive in your job. Having a poor diet doesn’t provide you with enough energy to be as productive as you could. 

If you are a sedentary person and work with your computer most of the day,  and as a freelancer who works from home and don’t even have to commute to work, try to refresh your eyes and your mind by moving away from the computer every once in a while and come back after a few minutes.

Eat a good amount of nutritional food and drink plenty of water. As well as, and more importantly, doing regular exercise. It’s vital for productivity to keep your health and balance in life.

7.     Use project management tools to follow through

When you are freelancing, there might be some milestones as well as some minor steps that in order to achieve the final goal, you need to realize. It might create an overload in your mind to try to memorize them. Instead, by planning ahead in one of the online project management tools, you can keep your mind free of these complexities and at the same time, keep you plan clean and clear for both the freelancer and the employer part in one place. So that both of you have access to see how the job is progressing. There are a number of applications/websites that help you in managing your projects. Apps like Trello, which has a very decent free version, Freedcamp, Monday and many more. 

There are many reasons for being unproductive at work. Finding the root cause of unproductivity is the first step toward solving it. We pinpointed the main causes that afflict most people to lose their productivity. But look and ask for yourself about it. If you find your reasons to be in line with one of the reasons we have put forward in this article, use the solutions we have offered and make your freelancing experience as efficient as possible.

5 tips for hiring freelancers and growing your business

1. Check out their resume and experience

Of course, checking a freelancer’s resume is the first step, to see what their background is in, how many years of experience do they have and what other complementary skills they have. 

Even though it is important to hire someone with experience and it will give you some assurance about the quality of the work they could offer, sometimes you would want to give a chance to a newbie freelancer too, they charge you much less than the expert ones and since they want to build their resume and earn good ratings, they will be flexible and compliant with your demands.

2. Check their work samples

Freelancers usually share a sample work in their profiles. In case of the freelance designers, they have a portfolio that they share with everyone. This depicts how serious and professional the freelancers are as well as how much they pay attention to the details.

Checking this portfolio gives you a clue about the level of expertise of the freelancer. It helps you realize if they are able to deliver the kind of job and the style you are looking for or not.

3. Ask them about their working hours and if they can meet your deadlines

Freelancers charge employers different rates and based on different task structures. some tasks are one time fixed priced tasks like designing a logo, and others are ongoing tasks that require the freelancer to perform a job for a certain amount of time like being a virtual assistant for three months.

In either case, it’s important to show how serious you are about the deadlines and how flexible/unflexible the deadlines you have put are. Otherwise, you might find some freelancers who, in spite of their high-quality job performance, do not deliver the projects in time. 

While doing the first talks with the freelancer, let them know that you are serious (if you are), about the timing of the project delivery. 

And if this is an hourly based task that they need to do, like a virtual assistant job, ask them to be precise in the starting and the ending of their task.

How to become a successful freelance writer

4. See what questions they have to ask from you

Usually, before a contract starts, the employer gives the freelancer an option to ask them any questions that they might have. Some times when the task is difficult to understand or is still unclear for the freelancer, this allows them to get a better perspective about what they should do. If you give the freelancer the chance to ask questions and they came up with trivial and unnecessary questions, that shows one of the two things : one, either they haven’t understood the task at all, or, they are not very proficient in the task that is going to be delegated to them. In either case, this is not a good sign to pursue this collaboration.

5. Be regularly in touch with your freelancer

This depends on the task that you are giving to the freelancer and your own time schedule. But having an open line of conversation with the freelancer, so that if something was unclear to them during the process of doing the job, they are able to ask you about it, is a good option, specially because they are working remotely and you are not closely monitoring their work and how it proceeds. it’s a good idea for you to check up on the job progress regularly as well.

This will give them a better idea about your goals and objectives and helps them follow the path you intend them to.

Want to hire a freelance logo designer, a virtual assistant or a web developer to grow your business? Maybe you have an idea for a killer app and need to hire an iOS app developer to make it happen. Whether you are a one-man army startup working from your garage or bedroom or you have a big growing company, we are here to solve your human resources problems. At Perfectlancer, we have a big pool of highly skilled freelancers in design, translation, marketing, UI/UX, freelance web development, freelance copywriting and many other fields of business ready to get hired by small businesses, medium-size firm and big corporations. You can easily find freelancers from India, Philippines, US, UK and many other countries from all around the world in a few simple clicks. Hiring and working with a freelancer has never been this easy.

How to become a successful freelance writer

Are you passionate about writing? Do you think you are good with words and writing feels natural to you? Do ideas pop into your mind easily and frequently and you are eager to put them down into words? Are you looking for a freelance career?

If the answers to the above questions are positive, then you might want to think seriously about pursuing a career in writing. There are a number of things you might want to take into consideration before heading to a serious writing career and that’s building a resume and a portfolio for yourself. To do that, and specially if you have a full-time job right now, start slowly but steadily as a freelancer first and build your way up as a full-time writer.

Here are a few steps we suggest for creating your freelance writing career:

It’s okay to start small and be imperfect.

Your first jobs might be for small companies and with small financial returns. It doesn’t matter, because you are starting a new path and in the beginning, it’s normal to be slow. Yet, you need to be steady to gain experience. Persistence really matters. So keep that in mind and don’t give up if your first jobs are not perfect; or even done imperfectly by you.

The Benefits of Freelance Working

Practice makes perfect.

Remember this adage? There’s a truth to it and in writing, you can see its truth even more vividly. With each time you write, even with each draft you write or edit for the same purpose, you are raising your skills as a writer. It’s like a personal course for writers. Their own work teaches them how to become better if they look into it analytically and with inspection.

Have discipline.

As a freelance writer, you might think that you can work anytime you want and it is true. You can work anytime and anywhere you want, but it’s not the best idea to do so. As a writer, having discipline helps your mind get organized and conditioned to get active at a certain time and a certain place. It could be different from person to person. Some people are morning people while others have better performance during the evenings. Either way, schedule to sit for writing at the time your mind is best optimized for. Do it every day and you train your brain to move past the writers’ block quickly whenever you sit to write.

The more you read, the better you write.

It is obvious how it works. People who read a lot, have a larger lexicon. As a result, they can apply the vocabulary they have acquired in their writing more eloquently. Reading in a wider range of areas not only help with vocabulary, but with ideas and metaphors. If you know about more domains of knowledge, your mind can find associations between ideas from different fields. Therefore you can write more creatively. Wouldn’t you want that?

Create connections and maintain them.

The application of networking is not limited to the field of writing. It is helpful specifically in writing career because writers usually have introvert personalities. Moreover, the nature of their work which is done individually does not allow them to create new connections and build networks to expand their employers. That’s why they need to deliberately make an effort to create and expand their network of connections; in order to get more jobs landed. This networking could be done offline, by attending professional events. Or it could be done online, through professional networks related to writers or general networks like LinkedIn.

Working as a freelance writer might be something you think you should put off for after retirement. But it’s a very rewarding job for those who are passionate about it and have a natural talent for it. The earlier you start, the more experienced you become and sooner. So, do not procrastinate and set a goal to become a professional freelance writer now. Make a daily plan for your writing and stick to it. Don’t forget to be in touch with those who can provide you with writing jobs. Also, take advantage of freelancing sites like Perfectlancer to land your very first writing jobs.