Insider Tips for Finding a Great Freelancer

Hiring a freelancer for the first time is a big step for your business.  You probably have a big project on deck, perhaps even something that’s mission critical, and you’re bringing someone on to get it DONE! Even more importantly you’re trusting that it will be done right.  So how do you find that perfect person to work with you and your team?

1. Shop Around – Even if you do strike gold with the first person you meet, keep looking around.  Trust us, you’ll be happy you did. Why?  Not only will you be that much more confident in your selection, but you never know when you’ll need some extra hands and want to pull back out the contact information of the runner-ups.

2.  Play with the Pros – Experienced freelancers are business owners, too.  They are responsible for managing projects with multiple people and trying to lure new clients.  An experienced freelancer should be familiar with independent contractor forms and should ask you to sign a contract with payment terms and conditions along with the scope of the project.  Pros also have credentials – whether it be an impressive portfolio or membership in professional associations, your freelancer should look quite nice on paper.  His experience might cost more, but in the end – it’s worth your time and effort to find a professional who means business.

3.  Reach Out to References – Professionals will also have previous clients that you can reach out to as references. When you’re working with an experienced freelancer, you’ll be paying for her expertise, but you’ll also be paying the credibility she has built up over time.  Get in touch with your freelancer’s past clients.  She’ll obviously recommend people who were pleased with her work, so ask more informative questions.  What the process was like from start to finish?  Are they’re things that they wish they had done differently?  Learn from other peoples past experiences.

4.  Simplify and Clarify – Before any contracts are signed, determine exactly what work needs to be completed, your budget for the project and your expectations in terms of communication and timelines.  The more precise your expectations, the more likely your freelancer will meet them.

Finding the right freelancer for the job may take a bit more time, but the effort and research won’t go to waste.

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