More and more businesses are outsourcing their workforce today, from marketing and media to finance and IT. This means many opportunities are arising for workers in new types of outsourced jobs, usually for remote workers. These opportunities exist all over the world, even for those of us down under – but how to get outsourcing work from Australia?
Here are our tips to put your best foot forward and be successful as you pursue outsourcing work!
Build up a portfolio
One of the keys to securing many types of outsourcing work is being able to demonstrate the quality of your work in order to make you attractive to your potential employer. This applies not only to writers and content creators, but also graphic designers, web developers and a range of other professionals.
In order to be able to effectively demonstrate your work you will need to have a professional portfolio which you can send to potential clients and employers. Setting up a high-standard portfolio can be quite involved, but it is well worth the effort. What your portfolio looks like will vary quite a bit depending on what type of work you do, but in most cases it is a good idea to have an online portfolio – for writers you can use a site like Portfoliobox to create one.
Apply for agencies and direct to clients
When it comes to outsourcing work, you basically have two options: working through an agency or working directly with clients. Working directly with clients means you don’t have to worry about the agency taking their cut, which could be a small or a large percentage of what the client pays depending on the situation, and you receive the full payment made by the client.
However, working with an agency has its advantages: they have the connections, do the publicity and usually do the bulk if not all of the interactions with clients, meaning a lot of hassle that you don’t have to worry about. Agencies also will have a steady stream of work, so you won’t need to worry so much about find jobs.
The ideal may be a combination of both working with an agency and getting your own work directly from clients.
Be professional and reliable
This may go without saying, but it is perhaps worth mentioning. As a freelance worker, it is even more important than it is in traditional workplaces to be professional, reliable and at all times the exemplary worker. Because clients and agents are hiring you on a per-job basis, every move you make could be the difference between receiving that next job (or not). If you are professional in your correspondence, attentive and responsive to requests, and always submit on or before the deadline you will likely find you are very successful and have no issues in getting outsourcing work from Australia.