Outsourcing 101: How to Hire Freelance Talent You Can Trust

As a business owner and entrepreneur we know things get hectic. Projects come up that you don’t have the bandwidth for or maybe even the expertise. Turning to freelancers for work is an affordable way to have an expert work on any variety of things; media pitching, web development, accounting, graphic design, legal work, marketing, etc. Turning over tasks like these to someone you don’t know and expecting a high quality work product that reflects your business and its’ success can be nerve-wracking. However, there are plenty of good candidates out there and plenty of ways to make sure you find the perfect candidate for the work, here’s a list to get started:

  1. Determine your scope of work: the projects and tasks it entails, duties, deliverables, and your budget.
    • Outlining the scope of work will help you identify better candidates and give both parties clear direction on the project.
  2. Determine minimum qualifications
  3. Post a job description
    • Effective job descriptions include a descriptive job title, the scope of work, budget & fee expectations, freelancer availability, and required skills.
  4. Ask for past work samples and references
    • Work samples will help you save time when it comes time to start interviews. Many freelance platforms enable applicants to upload their portfolios directly onto the site.
  5. Interview your candidates
    • Make sure to ask targeted interview questions specific to the job description, but also common questions to gauge their personality. Even though you won’t be working with them long term it’s good to set one another’s expectations. Here’s a helpful list from indeed.com
  6. Be clear with your budget and timeline
    • You should identify this in your scope of work, and it should be the most important to express to a candidate so they understand what you expect and how much you have to pay.
  7. Extend an offer, create a Freelance Agreement and make sure you are meeting legal requirements
    • Make sure your agreement states everything in the scope of work, create a Form 1099-misc and remember the freelancer picks their hours and location where the work. Don’t worry you’ve already established due dates following the steps above.

Since most freelancers are short-term and project-based the best thing you can do for them to show your appreciation by recommending them for other jobs or leaving reviews on their profiles. Here are a few reputable freelance sites to help you get started: Upwork, Codeable, Fiverr. Do you have any other favorite sites or ways you find freelance talent? Let us know below.

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