Employing freelancers can help a business benefit from an experienced and knowledgeable employee without the need commit to a long-term contract. The skills and insights that the right freelancer can offer a business can be integral to an organisation’s continued growth and success. However, employing the wrong freelancer for the job can be a costly and time-consuming mistake for everyone involved. These simple tips will help you discover the perfect freelancer and aid in the creation of a positive and profitable working relationship.
Before starting your search, you need to know what you’re looking for. Consider your goals and expectations for the job and clearly define every possible aspect of the process. The outline will form part of the job description you’ll present to potential candidates, so it needs to be as detailed as possible. The extra time taken to craft an in-depth outline will be justified by the increased efficiency it will bring to the entire recruitment process.
Freelancers who are interested in the job will use your outline as a basis for their application. The more specific the brief, the more relevant the applications will be. Attention to detail when creating the brief will save everybody involved a lot of time and aggravation.
The cost of employing freelancers can vary greatly. Firstly, peruse job listings for tasks similar to the one for which you’re recruiting to get a sense of the market before calculating how much you’re willing to pay. In the digital age, most freelance job opportunities will attract a lot of interested parties from a vast range of individuals. The applications you receive will differ greatly in price and quality.
With a plethora of applications, you will probably be offered very low prices but it’s not always wise to pick the cheapest. Calculate a price range that you think will attract the best quality freelancers for your budget. It’s often more financially prudent to spend more on the perfect candidate than less on someone who isn’t quite right for the job.
One of the benefits of employing freelancers is that the interview process doesn’t generally have to be as convoluted and time-consuming as it can be with permanent employees. There normally isn’t need to have a formal interview in person but it is wise to at least speak to the candidate on the phone or via video conference. A casual conversation with someone can be very illuminating and provide a great insight as to whether you will get along well enough to form a productive working relationship.
You will also need to assess the quality of the candidate’s work. Ask for specific examples in your job description and judge it both on its quality and its relevance to the task for which you’re hiring. Experienced freelancers with have a portfolio of their past work ready to share and the most efficient ones will tailor it for the job in question.
Once you’ve found the ideal candidate, you need to create a legally binding agreement. Pay a professional to create a contract that clearly states every aspect and term of the job. Provide the person drawing up the contract with as much detail about the task as possible and be ready and willing to answer any questions they have to eradicate any chance of ambiguity in the document.
Before the candidate signs the agreement, give them plenty of time to read it through in detail and make yourself available to answer any questions they may have. Both parties should understand every aspect of the deal to decrease the chance of disagreements borne out of misunderstanding later down the line.
Once everything has been settled, you need to arrange your preferred method of communication before work can get underway. Agree on a schedule for updates and decide the best way to communicate. Don’t stray from the agreement unless absolutely necessary. It can be tempting to contact the freelancer regularly but you’ll risk coming across as over-bearing and restrictive if you agreed not to at the start. Agree on a contact schedule and method beforehand and stick to it for the duration of the process. If the freelancer can easily contact you in the event of questions or emergencies, treat no news as good news.
Freelancers can offer a lot to a business if both parties are content and well-suited for each other. If you put in the time and effort to find the perfect freelancer, there’s a chance you could forge a lasting relationship that benefits both employer and freelancer well into the future.