So we’ve covered why hiring freelancers is better for business - you can assemble project teams quicker, save money and access top quality talent without hiring a full timer. Sounds pretty good right?
If you’re on the fence about hiring freelancers or it’s a bit of a grey area for you, then we’ve prepared a little guide to get you started and make your experience with freelancers a success.
How do I find the right freelancer for my business?
This is a big concern for many employers, whether it’s their first freelancer or their hundredth. You need to find the right freelancer that can do the work you’re after and suits the style of your business. There are two easy things you can do to ensure you find the right freelancer for you:
Be specific about the project and what’s required of them
Be clear about what you’re looking for in a freelancer and what you’re wanting them to achieve. Are you wanting them to contribute to strategy and offer advice or are you after someone to knuckle down and complete tasks quickly? Are there any requirements that are non-optional like experience in a particular client’s industry? Do they need to be available for a Skype call at a specific time each day? Sounds simple but if you keep this in mind from the start, you’re more likely to find the exact freelancer that you need.
Check their work history
Request a portfolio, check Behance, Dribbble or GitHub and take a thorough look at their Linkedin or website. Have they worked for any clients you recognise? Does their style suit your business? Are their profiles up to date?
This may all seem like common sense and it is! What we’re trying to say is don’t let the thought of searching for the right freelancer put you off - it’s a simple process. Consider where you’re finding your freelancers from too, are they a trustworthy resource? Do they do any form of vetting or work example checks? You can find out more about Yudoozy’s verification process and see what we do verify the quality of a freelancer’s work.
How do freelancers usually work?
As we covered in our post on Contractors vs Freelancers, there is a lot of flexibility with hiring freelancers so you can create working arrangements that work well for your business and the freelancer. For example, many freelancers work 100% remote and communicate via Skype, others come and work in-house or another common option is that a freelancer will remotely but comes in for fortnightly catchups. Freelancers can also work remotely on on-going projects such as developing a monthly brochure.
Essentially, as long as both you and the freelancer agree to the terms, you can set up whichever working arrangement suits you best.
So, what else is there to know?
Our blog has a wealth of helpful info on hiring and working with freelancers or you could check out our eBook - it’s chockful of advice for employers on working with freelancers and covers pretty much everything you’d need to know.