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Three reasons you shouldn't outsource your freelance work
This is a guest post by Zack Shapiro.
I have been using freelance websites for the past few years and truthfully, I've never had a great experience. I have never walked away with a good feeling after a product had been delivered thinking, "I'm freelancing again next time I need a project done!"
Why? Three reasons:
The language barrier
Chances are, if you're using mainstream freelancing websites, the cheapest client with the most experience that looks the most attractive won't have the same native language as you. Nothing against skilled workers from other countries but the language barrier that often comes up ads hours of work per day trying to communicate exactly what you want.
The wasted time is reason enough to pay extra and work with freelancers who speak your language and speak it well.
Spec work websites ask for freelancers to do the work that you want with a very little chance for payment. The model seems great for those looking for cheap work and bids from a variety of freelancers but it sucks for the people on the other end of the equation.
It's like asking a group of architects to build you a house, which cost them time and resources, then you'll choose which house you want to live in and pay for. At the end, there are 16 houses and only one architect gets paid. How is that fair to them?
How can you be sure that the work done is for you? I'm referring here to website design program coding than anything else.
I had an experience with a freelancer who, instead of designing the Wordpress theme that I paid him for, went out and found a theme that already existed. Then modified it a little and sold it off. After seeing it and before paying, I tried my hardest to make sure that he hadn't just bitten my theme off of another one. Unfortunately, I couldn't find it. And he had in fact used someone else's work and passed it off as his own.
Another freelancer told me that he would own the sole rights to my iPhone code so that he could reuse pieces of code for future customers. Needless to say, I didn't hire him.
How do you know the work they're doing for you isn't going to be resold to someone else in some form or another? You don't.
Work with someone you can meet with, someone you can trust. Sign some documents stating that the work done is only being done for you and that you get to keep the work that you pay form.
I'd rather pay more for a trusted freelancer than a cheap outsource. I want to feel good about the product that I pay for, however it gets done. That's why I don't outsource my freelance work.
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