Hiring a Freelance Designer: What Entrepreneurs Need to Know

Designing and developing a website or app is tedious work. It requires extensive knowledge of UX, design, and code. While hiring an in-house developer might seem like the best course of action, many small businesses cannot afford to employ such a developer full-time. Therefore, entrepreneurs should consider hiring an independent contractor or freelancer.

There are plenty of platforms on which you can find skilled app designers and developers. But what do you need to know in order to hire the right person for your job?

Here’s a primer on hiring a freelance designer or developer.

Know your business

As the saying goes: you have to know where you are to know where you’re going. Before you start the hunt for a web designer, you must first look at your own business. Who are you? What do you do? What sets you apart from the competition? The answer to these questions will dictate how you start your search.

Think of it this way: you’re selling yourself to a freelancer just as much as they’re selling themselves to you. In order to create a compelling partnership, you must present a knowledgeable, stable front.

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Small Business Management Tips for Growth-Minded Entrepreneurs

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Maintaining a growth mindset is essential for transforming your one-person startup into a thriving business. Focusing on the growth of your business will help you land more customers, expand your market, and optimize your business model to better align with your audience. But finding the time to grow your business can be challenging. There’s just so much to get done every day! Keep reading to learn how you can free up your time and save yourself from a few headaches as you scale your business.

First, make sure you understand the legal implications of making changes to your business. If you change your business address, name, or structure, you will need to report this in your annual report. Don’t neglect this step! Failing to file your annual report could leave you open to state fees or penalties.

Get Comfortable Outsourcing and Delegating

Knowing when to outsource and delegate work is one of the most important business skills you can have. By handing some of your responsibilities off to someone else, you will have more time for business projects that set that stage for growth. Delegation doesn’t have to be expensive. Zapier recommends delegating within your team before you outsource to freelancers. Using automation software can also help you save time without hiring new employees or paying experts to take on your work.

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The 5-Step Career Change Roadmap

Maybe you don’t feel truly fulfilled in your current job, or maybe you don’t think that you’ll have more chances for upward advancement in your field. Perhaps you’re even wondering if you would be happier as a business owner than an employee.

Embarking on a career change for the sake of pursuing your passion can be exciting! Starting your own business can go smoothly with guidance from Oasis Consulting Group, and whether you want to become an entrepreneur or find a job in a new industry, these tips will help you chart a course for your career change.

Schedule Informational Interviews

Are you looking to make a career transition into a new field? To figure out which skills you’ll need to master or certifications you’ll have to earn, you can schedule informational interviews with professionals who already work in your target industry. Indeed recommends coming up with a list of in-depth questions before the interview and rehearsing them in advance. Make sure to thank your interviewee after your conversation!

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This Is How You Can Be More Productive When Working from Home (Without Working at Home)

While studies suggest that working from home makes staff more productive, most parents likely agree that the opposite is true. Kids can be a significant distraction, and so can household tasks and to-do lists. One smart way to get more done is by setting up a temporary home office in a vacation home. Setting up your remote home office just takes a bit of know-how and preparation.

Maintain the Office Mindset

Finding a distraction-free workspace that can keep you focused and productive is essential.

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Exciting Business Opportunities Created by the Pandemic

Have you always wanted to launch a business? If you’re waiting out the pandemic before moving forward, you’re not alone. It’s true that fewer businesses are started during periods of economic uncertainty, but postponing the launch of your business could mean missing out on certain advantages, including low interest rates, affordable equipment, access to a large pool of talented job seekers, and increased consumer demand for innovation. Some of the most iconic businesses were launched during recessions! As it turns out, the pandemic is a great opportunity for prospective entrepreneurs.

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Launching a Business: Resources for Getting Your Ideas off the Ground

If you’ve got a great business idea, but the thought of putting it into action is overwhelming, you’re not alone. Starting a business does take a lot of work, which is why many would-be entrepreneurs and small business owners never get past the planning phase. You don’t have to let that happen to your idea. Using the resources below can help lay the groundwork for your business and turn your dreams into a reality. 

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5 Tips for Using Social Media

The various social media platforms have steadily gained popularity amongst consumers from all industries.  Using social media successfully is a challenge for some businesses, causing them to experience a decline in sales and customer satisfaction.  Below are a few tips on how to create a successful and effective social media campaign.

Tip #1: It is essential to make sure that the social media campaign associated with the company is innovative, creative, and able to capture and maintain the audience’s attention.  If the consumers grow bored with the content provided to them, or worse offended, the company will experience a variety of negative consequences up to and even including, going out of business.

Tip #2: Concentrate on providing customers with quality content.  Most times business owners forget that it is not always quantity that is important, but rather quality is what will drive and keep their readers.  By providing a comprehensive plan for each of the social media platforms companies will be able to ensure that they develop respect amongst their consumers.

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3 Must Have Items for Your Consultant Tool Kit

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Being a consultant of any kind can be an extremely rewarding career, especially if you have the right tools.  Below are 3 must have items that every consultant should have in their tool kit (or briefcase).

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Item #1: Sturdy Bag – This is most important because obviously a sturdy bag is needed to carry all of the other items on this list.  When choosing a bag for the kit, it is a great idea to make sure the item is stain and water resistant, has plenty of room with multiple pockets and a big zippered section, is light weight and comfortable to carry, has multiple straps for easier carrying, and a section to put a laptop or netbook.

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A New Day, A New Month, A New Year

A Letter From The Owner

I would like to first off thank everyone who has supported me and my company.  Last year was a long and bumpy ride, but it was all worth it in the end.  As I spent the last couple of months preparing myself and my employees for the upcoming year, I realized that the biggest goal I have is to make 2016 not only a great year for me and my employees, but a wonderful year for all of our loyal and wonderful customers, and for the great customers that we have coming to us.

So for this year, our resolution is to make sure that we continue to provide the best customer service possible and to make the results for our clients better than ever.

Here’s to you and your family, Happy New Year!!!!