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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Summer Reading Material That Makes Good Business Leaders Great

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Summer is the ideal time to dive into a good book. You can sit in the sun and enjoy the fresh air, whether you’re on your lunch break or enjoying a quick getaway to your own backyard.

While you’re enjoying your time off, why not take the opportunity to read something that helps you to grow as a business leader? Leaders set the tone for organizational culture, influence change, and directly affect morale. That can sound like a heavy load to bear, but the following titles will ease you into positive growth in both your personal and professional life.

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Decorating Tips for a Peaceful Home

Decorating a new home or updating an old room can be a fun and challenging process.  Putting a unique or creative spin on old design can transform a house into a work of art.  While completely redecorating a residence can be quite costly, little tricks can be done to cut down costs and still turn any room into a masterpiece.  Check out some of our decorating tips for a peaceful home, and let us know what you think!

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Tips to Keep The Kids Safe This School Year

Since August is coming to an end, you know what that means? Summer is almost over and it’s time for the kids to back to school.  Keeping children safe is one of the most important job any parent has, but it can be hard in this day and age and especially with the Pandemic currently going on.  Whether you are a motorist, a parent, or a student, the emphasis on safety is important.  Below are some tips and ideas to help parents ensure that their children are safe as possible this school year.

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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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5 Creative Digital Marketing Ideas for Any Industry

With 2016 just starting there are a lot of companies looking to step out from behind their competitor’s shadows in order to be at the forefront in the marketing game.  However, when coming up with a killer marketing campaign it can be very hard to design something creative, innovative, and effective.  Below are five creative digital marketing ideas that can be used in any industry.

Idea #1: Ensure the company has credibility – Before starting any type of digital marketing campaign it is important that the business focuses at least 30 – 60 days of their campaign gaining credibility online.  Whether they sign up for one of the popular social media sites, or build a website, the point is that not too many people are going to trust someone who has no online presence.

Idea #2: Get employees involved – Allowing employees to have access to the company’s social media account is a great way to show customers non bias opinions of the product or service.  However, it is imperative that there are standard, strict, clear, concise guidelines, as the wrong post can destroy a business’s reputation.

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