There are thousands of freelancers out there.
Some will be on your doorstep; some may be a little further away. Some will
specialise in exactly what you need and others may be more jack-of-all-trades.
So finding the right freelancer can be a tough job. But it’s all good, because
just like when you are hiring a permanent employee there are a few easy steps
you can do to make sure you find the right freelancer for you and your project.
Remember though, you’re not hiring them for life, so don’t get too caught up in it
all. You can always pick someone else next time.
Get a shortlist together of
your top freelancers.
However you find your freelancers, an easy way to start when
looking to hire the right freelancer is by shortlisting your top picks. This
could be around three but we would suggest for ease and not wasting your own
time don’t go for more than five.
Check out their website and
This step is an obvious one but some people
don’t do enough of this and end up with a freelancer that doesn’t really do
what they need or doesn’t really fit with their company.
So, when stalking your potential freelancers
make sure you scroll right through their websites. That way you will not only
learn about what they do and who they have worked for previously but you should
also start to get a feel for who they are and whether they would be the right
fit to work with you. Their website and portfolio is an eye into their world,
and if it isn’t a pretty picture, how can you expect their work for you to come
out any better?
When it comes to their portfolio specifically,
take a look at their output obviously but also the types of companies they have
worked with in the past. Although it’s not the bee all and end all if they have
worked with similar companies perhaps they would take less time getting to know
what you may need.
Meet with them.
Meeting with your potential freelancers will
probably be the biggest decider for you as to whether you hire them. A lot of
it will have nothing to do with their work and everything to do with their
personality. Making sure you get a along with them is crucial – after all it is
you that has to deal with them on a day-to-day basis. We suggest just having a
catch up over coffee or lunch, nothing formal. It doesn’t need to feel like a
full on interview.
Although less common you’re more than welcome
to ask your freelancers to provide some people you can speak to about their work. It’s kind of like a reference but a tad less formal. You don’t need to go
crazy but if you need reassurance before you commit to a big project with them,
least the people who have hired them before can give you an insight as to what they’re
like and what their work and working style is like also. Back