Universal Messaging Platforms and Independent Contractors

Written by:
Mike Brown
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Communications have advanced exponentially in recent years, but in some cases, the number of messaging platforms can become overwhelming. If you are the head of a business project, reaching out to various members of the project can create a lot of hassle, especially if you employ independent contractors or freelance workers.Communications have advanced exponentially in recent years, but in some cases, the number of messaging platforms can become overwhelming. If you are the head of a business project, reaching out to various members of the project can create a lot of hassle, especially if you employ independent contractors or freelance workers.

A universal messaging platform is one of the ideal ways to work with independent contractors. Multiple benefits come with the service and will make communication hassle-free all around. Learn about the benefits and how relationships between your business and independent contractors can thrive.

1. No Extra Sign-Ups

When you add an independent contractor to a project, you do not want to go through the hassle of signing them up for a business chat system or another form of communication. The process can cause delays and new hires shouldn't need to go through a multi-app download process just to communicate with others on a project.

In many cases, you may have people who come on for a single project and then don't come back. Your work communication platform could become cluttered with extra users and become unorganized. With a universal messaging system, nothing extra is needed. You simply need the phone number or username of the person and then you can add them to the system.

Many tech users already enjoy the apps they use and you will not need to go out of your way to teach tutorials on different messaging services. Independent contractors will easily come and go from company projects with minimal time and maintenance. 

2. Multiple Device Options

To keep everyone on the same page, a company may purchase large quantities of devices to supply employees. When you have temporary workers, getting them a device or even loaning a device can become a hassle and big waste of your personal budget. A universal messaging system works with multiple devices so workers can use their own technology. 

The device compatibility will eliminate hassles and keep the project flowing smoothly. For example, someone could send a group message from the iPhone's messenger app to someone on an Android phone with WhatsApp. The collaboration becomes useful and you can focus on the content of the messages rather than the technology used to deliver the messages.

Along with cell phone options, users can connect through computers or laptops. The instant chat option is a lot easier to follow than a long email chain and will keep everyone in the loop.

Alerts are set up through each device how they would normally work. For example, a text message notification would go off on a phone. A pop-up notification would appear on a computer. Without the need for separate apps, workers would get messages quickly and reduce delays in a project.

3. Team Edits & Individual Projects

A universal messaging system makes it easy to branch off into separate topics and projects. With the universal messaging, you can separate in-house employees from independent contractors. The internal messaging stays on its own feed and allows you to communicate to anyone you need.

The universal messaging will keep track of project changes and any uploads all in a single digital location. If questions arise, then you could go back and see previous messages to find out where a problem occurred. The messaging system also allows teams to easily branch off into single conversations and keep them all organized within the same chat group.

For more information on our universal messaging system, visit us at Rake. Our service is compatible with all kinds of messaging systems and can be set up to fit your business needs. We offer a free trial so you can try our services and see how they work with independent contractors.