5 Best practices for finding (and hiring) quality freelancers

You decided to start your own freelancing business? That’s a great decision! With so many clients and freelancers out there, you can be the link between the two sides of the industry.

Maybe you just need freelancers for an individual project, such as a website or marketing campaign? This guide will still be useful for you!

Today, we’ll focus on proper hires. If you’ve been part of the freelancing industry, you know that a proper hire is not easy to make. Some freelancers are irresponsible.

They will miss deadlines and deliver sub-standard work. Others are overqualified for the jobs they apply to, so they aren’t motivated and they end up with the feeling of disappointment.

How do you hire the best freelancer for the job you have in mind? There are 5 ways to do that.

1. Search for them in all the right places

Upwork and Freelancer are the usual places where clients search for freelancers. These platforms can connect you with the best people in the industry. However, there’s also a downside. The competition there is huge!

Want more? Have a listen.

There are extraordinary freelancers in these massive communities, but there are also those who don’t bother completing the tasks they apply for.

The freelancers compete to get the best jobs, but the clients also compete for the best freelancers. You’ll have to offer a higher price if you want to attract the top talent. Still, these platforms are still valid marketplaces for everyone who wants to hire good freelancers.

If you need writers for your project, you should consider hiring them through a specialized writing service, such as AssignmentMasters. This platform has already done the selection for you.

2. Find the specialists

  • Web design
  • Graphic design
  • Content development
  • Marketing
  • Photography
  • Data entry

These categories are too general. A photographer may be great at capturing landscape themes, but can they do well with product photos? A writer may be great at writing on motivational topics, but can they handle a task for a website that promotes tools?

Whenever you’re interviewing a prospective freelancer, ask if the specific task is their specialty. Ask to see samples of relevant projects they previously worked on.

Include these requirements in the job description itself, so you’ll get bids only from freelancers that are worthy of consideration.

With this approach, you’ll narrow down the choice to people who can really get the job done.

3. Pay a bit more

You didn’t expect to see such a tip, did you? Since we’re talking about hiring the best freelancers here, you’ll have to beat your competitors to get them.

A good freelancer will certainly pay attention to the type of project you offer. If they are inspired to work on it, they will consider applying.

Do you know what factor influences their final decision? Of course it’s the price! If another client offers more for a similar contract, they will pick them over you.

If a top talent offers a reasonable price that you can afford, don’t bother bargaining. If you can’t afford them, it’s okay to try offering a lower price, but you can’t expect too much. Remember: a good pay is one half of a profitable client-freelancer relation.

4. Give them a test job

Most freelancers will accept doing a test job, not only because it’s a way to get the gig, but also because it gives them a chance to see how good they would do at it.

Needless to say, you’ll need to pay for the test period. No one will agree to do free work, no matter how great your reputation as a client is.

Shave off a small part of the full project and give it as a test. Put a deadline on it. Then, evaluate the results. It’s good to ask for some revisions. This gives you an insight into the freelancer’s ability to work under guidance and accept responsibility for their mistakes.

5. Conduct good interviews

You may be impressed by a freelancer’s portfolio, but that doesn’t necessarily make them a good fit for the job. Always put the prospective candidates through an interview process.

Ask them what they think about this project and how inspired they are to work on it. Discuss the most important details and make sure they understand your requirements. Expect them to ask questions. That’s how you can see their genuine interest in this job.

If you’re willing to take things further, make this a Skype interview. It’s more effective because you get a better sense of a freelancer’s personality when you see and hear them.

The conversation will be more relaxed and flexible. You can turn a Skype session into a real job interview.

Great freelancers are out there, you just need to know how to attract them. If you stay aware of the five tips above, you’ll be on the right track to hiring the best freelancers for the job you have in mind.

Let me know if you have any tips in the comments.

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About William Grigsby

William moved away from the field of Social Media and found himself in the freelance writing industry, he wrote for 2 years at Wingman. He is now a visual content marketer. William hopes to self publish a book on HR management in the distant future.


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