How To Hire & Manager Freelancers
You may need freelancers to do work that you cannot do or don’t want to do.
A good freelancer is every bit as valuable as a good employee. Putting the extra time and effort into hiring a good one can have a significant positive impact on your day to day life. Of course, the opposite is also true.
This is what you need to do to hire a great freelancer:
Create A Job Description or Statement Of Work
If you’re planning to use a freelancer in a front line role where they will communicate directly with clients you need to make sure that your freelancers have excellent “customer facing” skills.
Determine the minimum background, qualifications, experience, certifications, specializations.
I recommend using Upwork.com for most freelance jobs. Freelancer.com is also a good option but this one is better for tech freelancers and not so useful for other categories.
Create the listing
A descriptive job title: Remember that freelancers will be scrolling though a massive number of jobs. Try to use a title that will stand out and appeal to the type of person you want to hire.
Statement of work: Include enough information for the freelancer to get an understanding of the general requirements.
Qualifications, skills, experience: Keep in mind that you will likely use this criteria to narrow the field after you start receiving responses so make sure that you include the “actual, real criteria” that you want as opposed to generic criteria for similar jobs.
Budget: This is optional but it can give freelancer an idea of what they will be dealing with and it can be a deal breaker or a deal maker for some freelancers.
Fee expectations: You need to provide a guide for what you are expecting to pay the freelancer.
Availability and Deadlines: Freelancers obviously work for more than one client at the same time so you need to be clear what you need them to and when you need them to do it.
You can do an interview by using a messaging service like Skype, a regular phone call or a video conference service like Zoom or in person. This just comes down to your personal preference.
Work that will take a few hours to complete (it’s a “paid” test so keep the budget low)
Work that needs to be done anyway
Work that involves using the skills I need
Work that allows me to “test drive” the experience of working with this person
I hire a lot of freelancers over 10 years and I have reached a point where I don’t hire anyone without making them to a test project.
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