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The gig economy is creating all sorts of opportunities. Connectivity means you can access talented people from anywhere in the country to help your business. The best part? You gain access to experts and specialists that you can hire on an ‘as needed’ basis.
1. Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant will function like an administrative assistant, or a personal assistant, only remotely. They will answer calls, organize schedules and perform other related tasks. On average, virtual assistants cost between $25 and $45 per hour.
Busy people will benefit greatly from having assistance on their scheduling. Unable to reach the phone at certain times of the day? A virtual assistant will answer the call and take a manual message, which offers a personal touch. A number of virtual assistants will also keep you up to date on birthdays, anniversaries and other important dates.
2. Freelance Writer(s)
A freelance writer will write things for you. You can hire someone to write anything you need written, from legal proposals to advertising slogans or the contents of your website. Prices vary depending on which website you use and how large the project is.
Most businesses will not require a dedicated writer. If something does need writing, it will either fall to you (the owner) or someone else. Why not hire a professional to do the job correctly?
Choose a freelance writer carefully, though. Anyone who speaks English can propose to work for you, and initial stages of hiring a freelance writer tend to be in text form. Vet choices before hiring to avoid mistakes.
3. Freelance Graphic Designer(s)
A freelance graphic designer will provide you with digital art. Graphic designers can produce anything from a company logo to photographs for your web-page, or even infographics. Similar to freelance writers, prices vary depending on task, difficult and duration.
Just like the freelance writer, most businesses will not need a dedicated graphic designer on a full time basis. Many graphic designers accept short-term work, remote work and contract work.
You should choose a graphic designer with an art style that fits your specific needs. Always check past work, always check the portfolio that they offer, and make sure that you are comfortable with their past efforts. Avoid controversy for your business whenever possible.
4. Remote Foreign Language Interpreter
A remote foreign language interpreter would provide you with whatever foreign language interpretation services you might need. You would need to hire a specific translator for any specific language; a French translator could not help you with Spanish. Prices vary depending on how many hours you intend to use their services and which language you need translated. Prices under $100 per hour seem standard.
Very few businesses will need dedicated foreign language translator. Many services offer translation services on demand. The ultimate expense of the service would depend on what you need. Translating a book is obviously more expensive than having someone listen to a lecture and write down notes.
If you think you can get away with just using “google translate,” please think again. You can find a number of reputable translation sites that will give you professional grade work for a low cost.
5. Remote Accountant
A remote accountant would function as a great virtual bookkeeping option. They would keep track of invoices, accounts receivable, revenue against expenses and similar accounting tasks. Reputable, licensed remote account are available from well known and highly regarded accounting firms.
Virtual bookkeeping is increasingly popular. First of all, there are dozens of free services out already. For a business, a more extensive preparation will be needed. You would be hard-pressed to find an accounting company that does not offer an online or virtual option for accounting, even for more complicated business returns.
As you can see, you have a number of available options. Get more done without the administrative headaches of having to hire an employee.
By going digital and taking advantage of the gig economy, you can bolster your business without breaking the bank. Work smarter with virtual services.
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