Tips for hiring freelancers

Hiring a freelancer can be a great way to free up your time so that you can focus on more important things, but you should exercise some caution when posting a job request.

First, let me admit that I’m somewhat of a perfectionist.

Many times, I try to take on most tasks such as writing my own blog posts, creating my Facebook content (including ads), heck I usually do my own graphic work too.

However, there are certain things that I need done that I don’t know how to do.

A great example is the ‘tech’ stuff, like creating a WordPress plugin or perhaps a browser app. For those tasks, I definitely look to hire a developer from one of the popular freelancer sites (Up work.com, Freelancer.com, guru.com).

Tips

  1. Post a job. Don’t spend unnecessary time scrolling through all of the ‘seller’ profiles. Simply start a new job posting.
  2. Be very descriptive and make sure you outline all of your expectations.
  3. If the site allows, attach an example of what you are wanting your ‘end result’ to be like. This helps a lot, especially considering the language barriers that you will encounter. Remember that a picture is worth a thousand words.
  4. Near the bottom of your job description, say something like “serious sellers must put ‘crazy animal’ in their proposal’ to be considered”. This will allow you to automatically filter respondents that actually read your entire job description.
  5. Note the time zone of your respondents and understand that there will be up to 24 hours of delay in all correspondence.
  6. Add questions for the ‘sellers’ to answer about their experience. Some sites have pre-made questions for you to choose from.
  7. Never agree to pay until the job is completed to your satisfaction and requirements. This is another reason to be very detailed in your job posting. You’ll have that on file as a reference in case there are any disputes.

 

I am currently posting a job at People Per Hour and will update this post with my results.

I hope this advice is helpful to you.

To your Success!

Andrew

 

UPDATE

After a few messages back and forth with my ‘seller’ at People Per Hour, it dawned on me that I should make a Screencast video to more clearly explain what I wanted him to do. So I did and it was well worth the effort.

So consider that my #8 Tip.

8. Create a Screencast video (video of your computer screen while showing examples of what you’re wanting done). You don’t have to buy expensive software to do this. Just go to Screencast-O-Matic and get a free account.

 

CONCLUSION

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