2018-02-13 00:00:00OutsourcingEnglishLearn how to find and hire workers looking for freelance jobs. Hiring freelancers for your startup can ease your stress as a small business...https://quickbooks.intuit.com/ca/resources/ca_qrc/uploads/2018/03/Copywriting-Freelancers-Discussing-Their-Assignments.jpgHired Help: Utilizing Freelancers for Startup Support

Hired Help: Utilizing Freelancers for Startup Support

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A growing startup brings a lot of extra duties that must be completed. As your business gets bigger, you have more customers to service, more inventory to keep up with, more money to manage, and myriad other minutiae that eats away at your time. Eventually, it gets to the point where you can’t do it on your own. You need hired help to take some of the load off your shoulders. But what if your business is in that in-between zone where you need workers to help manage operations but aren’t yet to the point where you can feasibly take on full-time employees? By utilizing freelancers, you get a cost-efficient solution to your need for extra help.

Find Matches Based on Skill Sets

Freelancers come with an endless list of talents and skill sets. Whether you need a copywriter to produce search engine-optimized content for your business website, an accounting specialist to ensure you maximize your deductions at tax time, or a marketing savant to promote your business to target customers in your city, you can find a freelancer who fits the bill.

Most of the big freelancing job boards are divided into subsections by industry. No matter what industry you’re searching in, you’re likely to find bountiful options and can compare candidates side-by-side to find the one who is the best fit for the freelance jobs you need completed. In addition, certain industries, such as accounting and copywriting, have entire websites and job boards dedicated to matching business owners with individuals who freelance in Canada.

Locate Reliable Workers

The evolving modern economy has seen thousands of workers make the shift from employee status to freelancing. Consequently, many fields are overflowing with freelancers willing and able to work for you. Not all of these freelancers, unfortunately, are reliable workers or the right fit for your business.

As a result, due diligence is paramount when choosing a freelancer to work for you. Fortunately, most online resources to find freelancers embrace transparency and encourage public feedback. Before bringing someone on board, you can read what others who have hired him or her thought of the person’s experience. Because some people are much better interviewers than they are workers, research each candidate’s freelancing history as much as you can before making a hiring decision.

Practice Good Record Keeping

Canada’s laws can be tricky when distinguishing employees from independent contractors. Some workers enjoy employee status but try to classify themselves as contractors at tax time to take advantage of deductions, and the government tries to snuff out this practice as much as possible. Ensure payroll compliance by establishing a record of employment for your freelancers and documenting everything thoroughly. Your business and your freelancers will both benefit at tax time by having a clear, unambiguous payroll record that leaves nothing to doubt.

Information may be abridged and therefore incomplete. This document/information does not constitute, and should not be considered a substitute for, legal or financial advice. Each financial situation is different, the advice provided is intended to be general. Please contact your financial or legal advisors for information specific to your situation.

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