More and more businesses are deciding a freelancer is the answer. They don’t want to hire someone on a full-time basis. Instead, they would rather hire a professional for a single project. This is common practice in a number of industries. But the world of freelancing isn’t a regulated one. You can’t open a book and find a list of reputable freelancers. You have to go through a mini hiring process.
It may not involve job interviews and spending months deliberating over the best candidate, but you do have to make checks. We have condensed this process into four easy steps. Read on to find out more.
#1 Identifying Your Needs
Finding a freelancer is difficult when you don’t know what needs you need fulfilled. What do you actually need to have someone do? List it. It may sound like an easy question to answer, but a lot of businesses have no idea of the specifics before they go into this process.
As well as your needs, you should identify your goals. This is a list any potential freelancer should look at. They need to be sure that they can meet these goals.
From this point, you should craft a series of points that stipulate what the ideal freelancer should have. Points can include industry experience, qualifications, and the potential for being able to travel to a face-to-face meeting.
#2 Finding the Man
Once you have an idea of what you need and why you need them, it’s the right time to start finding the person in question.
Firstly, look at your current workforce. Do any of them have any hidden talents that you’ve overlooked in the past? You may well have someone perfectly qualified already working for you. There’s no point wasting money on a freelance designer or writer when you have someone who can do that already.
If you’ve determined you do need to look outside your company, begin with professional networks like LinkedIn and Google+. Dig further and you can use freelance job boards to get a wider range of candidates.
#3 Test the Freelancer
You’ve now got a list of candidates who may fit your mould. Test the candidates by issuing some sort of test. This test really depends on what you want them to do. Take note that this isn’t always necessary and may offend some freelancers. A lot of veteran freelancers will not provide free work when they have been in the business for a long time. They would only do this for a particularly large corporation.
Be willing to accept some pre-existing work samples if the person has demonstrated a sufficient track record. Freelancers are wary of providing free samples as companies have been known to do this to get a lot of free work. When they have enough, they turn around and refuse to hire anybody.
#4 Hire the Person
After you’ve gone through all the testing it’s time to hire the right candidate. Make sure you have a contract ready and that it clearly states what the responsibilities of both parties are. You don’t want to run into contractual issues later on. Make sure the freelancer makes it clear they also understand the contract.
You should monitor the person for the first few days to ensure they really are the right fit for your project. The last thing you want is to hire someone only to have to plod along with them for weeks and months on end. It’s better for both parties if you raise any concerns you have early on.
Do all this and you should have no problems hiring the right freelancer for you!