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What are Hourly/Project-Based Services?Hourly and project-based services are an alternative to hiring freelancers or full-time staff. They’re both services that give you the freedom of a freelancer with the oversight of full-time staff. In this case, freedom means being able to hire a professional without the long-term commitment. You are also able to avail any type of professional that can do the job remotely, the industry and type of role aren’t factors in most cases. Hourly services are, as its name suggests, a service style where you select a specific number of hours and the type of staff, then that type of staff will be assigned to work for you for the allotted time. Project-based services are similar to hourly, with the exception that the professional working for you is only finished when the project is completed.
How does it work?The flowchart for these services usually goes:
- The consultation stage is where you talk to the service provider and discuss what tasks you need to be completed and advise on how many hours you may need. Ultimately the number of hours you need is your choice. It is also where they will be selecting the appropriate staff type to complete your work.
- Settling your account is as easy as sending the full payment for the job. Most providers will ask for it upfront. Make sure to ask about payment options if you’re curious as they change depending on the provider.
- Once the staff is assigned, work will begin. Depending on the agreement, you will either be in direct contact with said staff, with the ability to communicate with them regularly or be assigned an account manager to handle your staff. Each setup has its merits and risks, talking to the service provider will allow you to figure out which one is best for you.
- At the end of the allotted time or at the end of the project, all works are transferred over to you. For example, if you had a project-based web developer, they’d hand over all the logins to your project.