Outsourcing tasks with virtual freelancers is one of the key advantages to running your business today. Find out how to do it right, so you get top quality freelancers.
With numerous professional job boards online today, you can find remote freelancers to help you with any task in five minutes or less – guaranteed.
Does that mean you can find the right person? Not necessarily.
There are more and more freelancers online and depending on your needs, you’re going to want to make sure that you’ve found the right person for you.
Here are 5 ways to screen and manage freelancers so you get the best results.
#1. Do a Reference Check
Sure, a freelancer and an employee are not the same level of commitment, but when it comes to good screening practices, don’t underestimate the value of vetting new recruits who join your team.
A good rule of thumb in the freelancing world is to establish a solid portfolios, testimonials or referrals, and a professional one-page website. Remember to reach out to your network of contacts for personal referrals, because this tends to get you better people, better deals and better service – but remember to do a quick check of their online work and samples to make sure that this person has the skills YOU want to get the job done right.
#2. Set a Budget
When you’re working with a freelancer, it’s important that you both have a clear understanding of your budget for the task.
To start, determine from the outset what it is you’re looking to accomplish and how much you’re willing to pay. In the freelancer world, some freelancers bid per project while others will set hourly rates. Determine what works better for your needs and objectives from the outset and stick to it.
#3. Be Cool
Freelancers aren’t like employees so remember that you want to be clear and concise about your expectations, deadlines and communication.
With email, Skype, phone and in-person meeting options – there are lots of way to stay in touch but don’t overdo it. Aim to set clear meeting times togo over deliverables and maintain communication. Your freelancer likely has other clients, but meeting deliverables and staying in regular communication is a sign of a top quality freelancer.
#4. Establish Expectations in Writing
Right from the outset, you want your freelancer to be on the same page as you are about timelines, hours and your budget. Be sure to take the time to discuss what options work for you both and then follow-up with a written agreement.
#5. Remember the Golden Rule
In the freelancing world, you’ll find prices for the same services that range from $5 to $1,000’s… so remember to carefully consider who you hire with what you want to accomplish.
Often times, you can find great quality work at reasonable prices, while those priced low tend to deliver less than stellar results. How you choose depends largely on what task and objectives you are looking to fulfill with your freelancer.
Avoid going too low or high, because the most reliable freelancers will usually be set at industry competitive rates and worth their weight in gold.
Hiring freelancers can be an extremely productive and profitable opportunity for your business, so long as you know how to screen and manage them to make the right choices.