Hiring freelance help for your business can save you time and money! Freelancers offer excellent quality work at a fraction of the cost compared to hiring full-time employees. But how do you find freelancers who are right for your business? We’ve put together a list of things you should check out before adding them to your team.
Who Is It For?
It’s great if you need some extra hands to take care of the small tasks around your office or home. You might need someone to cover a client meeting, write a press release, or do some research for content ideas. Or maybe you’re looking for someone to assist with events management, accounting, graphic design, social media marketing, web dev, or even photography. If you have a niche skill set, chances are there’s a market for what you do. And since freelancers tend to love working independently, they’re often open to starting their own businesses down the road.
What Do I Need To Hire Them?
The first step to finding freelancers is figuring out what skills you need. Here are five questions to ask yourself:
Do You Have Experience In My Niche?
If you want to get hired for a specific project, you’ll need experience doing similar projects in the past. Look online or talk to friends about previous jobs. Who were the clients? What did they pay? Did the job go well? How long was the project?
Are There Any References Available?
While you don’t need to give your potential freelancer access to your files, it’s smart to ask them for references. Contact former clients directly (don’t use email) to understand what kind of return they got from their prior assignments. Also, ask for referrals—many freelancers are happy to share names of colleagues who may know them.
How Much Will They Cost?
There are lots of factors that contribute to the price of any freelance project. These include the number of hours they dedicate to your project, hourly rates, and whether you provide materials or equipment. Asking for estimates will help you negotiate effectively while making sure you aren’t paying more than necessary.
Is Their Work Ethical?
Many people think of freelancing as being just about getting paid for your services. While that’s true, you still need to make sure you’re working with ethical providers. Ask about how much contact they’ve had with their clients and how they plan to handle payment. Make sure they treat you respectfully and respond promptly to emails, phone calls, and messages. Be wary of anyone who promises “guaranteed results.” That’s false advertising—and illegal.
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