I’m not going to sugarcoat it: even with the most careful selection, the freelancer you choose to work with through an online marketplace, such as UpWork, Guru or Mechanical Turk, could be a lazy jerk.
There are ways however, to protect yourself, just in case you run into one of these not-so great freelancers.
Most of us have had at least one client who never seems to pay their invoices on time. But don’t worry, FreshBooks has your back. The popular accounting solution vendor has volunteered itself to be the scapegoat for late payment reminders, shifting any annoyance your client might have to an automated message — one they’ll start to expect if they don’t make their payments on time.
Best of all, it couldn’t be easier to set up. Simply log into your FreshBooks account, navigate to “Settings:”
Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan’s first book, The Org: The Underlying Logic of the Office, served as both a powerful critique of how organizations and a spirited defense of what organizations can do. Their new followup, The Inner Lives of Markets: How People Shape Them – and They Shape Us, goes even deeper and lays bare the markets that make all those orgs possible.
The basic idea behind The Inner Lives of Markets is that markets encompass much more than what we usually think they do and that they’re much more than financial: they’re contracts for how to behave, with wide-reaching implications when the rules change or are ignored, as happens all the time.