So, if you haven’t already, sign up as a client—be sure to add your details and a payment method.
Now it’s time to define your project. Outline your goals, deliverables, the skills you’re looking for, and your desired deadline. You make it easier to write an effective job post and explain your job to others.
Hiring for a project outside of your technical experience? Sign up to talk with one of our recruiting experts @ firstname.lastname@example.org. This is free service, and we can help you out in writing a job post that is effective and it attracts the best candidates. We’ve found that many clients get great information from the freelancers they contact, so don’t hesitate to talk with interested candidates to get their opinion on the skills you need for the job.
Now that you know what you need, post a job! Be sure to include as much detail as possible. And here’s a little tip—”pre-screen” applicants by requesting in your job post that they answer a simple question when they apply. Toss out any applications that don’t include your answer. You can also scout your own talent by searching for freelancers
A proper evaluation begins with the basics—cover letter, skills, and feedback.
Scan the cover letter for content, communication level, and attention to detail. The cover letter should tell you instantly whether the applicant has the communication abilities critical to working online, and whether their skills match your project. If you asked them in your job post to answer a simple question and they didn’t, hide their application and move on.
Next, review their profile to determine if they have the skill set and experience you need. Screen according to:
Star ratings and feedback. Look for high ratings (above 4.5 stars) and positive client comments. Work history and experience. Have they completed jobs similar to yours and shown progression in their work and rates?
Client clues. Being rehired by the same client for multiple projects is a very good sign. So is being assigned to large, ongoing jobs.
Portfolio. Do you like what you see? Is the work quality consistent?
Last, but definitely not least... hire a few top candidates for a short “test-drive” job to determine if their skills and personality are up to par. Give them a day or a few hours to complete a small portion of your job. If you’re happy with the quality, speed of work, and communication, then make the hire and kick off the project in full!
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You posted a great job description and whittled down your applicant list to a few outstanding candidates. Now, how to choose which one will be best?
Place a premium on written communication abilities when hiring. There is often a strong correlation between the ability to express yourself via writing and overall communication and work skills.
And then there’s the test drive! Hire your top picks to perform a small part of your project. This will give you a chance to evaluate their work first-hand and them an opportunity to prove their skills.
Give them from a few hours up to a day to deliver. When they do, review the work to determine how efficiently they worked, their communication skills, and the quality of their work. This should tell you everything you need to know to make the best hire!
You’ll find a very wide range of rates based on a freelancer’s skills, experience, feedback, and work history on Hiretowork. And though a seasoned mobile app developer is going to command a higher rate than a rookie virtual assistant, there are a few rules of thumb to follow when you’re negotiating a rate and setting your budget.
What’s your management style? Are you a hands-on, enthusiastic manager who likes to follow a project closely every step of the way? Or would you rather be a little less involved? If you don’t have the time to actively manage your freelancer, hire a more experienced candidate who is willing to proactively manage their project and keep you in the loop.
Is it a specialized skill? Proven, qualified specialists, particularly in technical fields, will typically command a higher rate. Think twice before you hire a Ruby on Rails “expert” whose hourly rate is $8!
How familiar are you with the skill you’re hiring for? If you’re hiring outside your comfort zone and aren’t prepared to accurately evaluate a project’s progress, we recommend paying a little extra to secure a qualified freelancer with proven experience and great client feedback, hiring a technically savvy recruiter, or working with one of the best freelancer recommended by us on hiretowork who will staff the project with their vetted talent.
At the end of the day, while you can still find fantastically affordable help on hiretowork, the old saying “you get what you pay for” generally applies.
A good kick off meeting sets the groundwork for a smoothly running project. It’s your big chance to get your new freelancer (and anyone they’ll be working with) ramped up and ready to go. And it’s even more important if you’re working with a freelancer for the first time.
Introduce yourself and your team. Take a little time to get to know each other by talking about the job, your business, and your background.
Set expectations and ground rules. Go over what you expect from your freelancer, and what they can expect from you. This can include timing, delivery methods, priorities, and anything else important to the success of the project.
Agree upon a communications plan. The importance of clear and consistent communication can’t be underestimated! Decide how and how often you should touch base, what hours of each day you’ll both be available to IM, and what you’d like from them in terms of a work progress report. We recommend an end-of-day report detailing what was accomplished and what will be done the following day.
Remember, the more info you give your freelancer about the job, the better. So take the time to cover all your bases, reiterate your project requirements, and kick things off on a high note!
You’ve got multiple options when it comes to communicating with your freelancer, so choose whatever works best for both of you. Here are the ones we recommend:
Good, old-fashioned email. For longer communications, we’re fans of email, as it allows you to really document and detail your work communications and requests. The Hiretowork Message Center is an excellent resource for centralizing your online work communications, but you can also use a personal or business email account.
Instant message. Great for getting a quick question answered or for touching base. Be sure to establish daily times when both you and your freelancer will be online and available.
Video chat. Sometimes, it’s just nice to connect face-to-face with your freelancer. Skype and Google Hangout are two leading video chat services.
Regardless of how you do it, communicating often and clearly is the key to keeping your project on track!
If you’re communicating well and using our online tools to communicate, you should be able to get a pretty clear picture whether freelancer is working or not.
Communicate daily. Communication is critical to establishing work progress and quality. Ask your freelancer to provide you with a daily end-of-day report detailing what was accomplished and what will be done the following day.
While every project is different, there are certain principles that will always help guide your job to success.
Know what you want. Be crystal clear about what you want to achieve with your project before you post a job or hire. It’s easier to explain the job and find the right talent once you’ve articulated your goals and deliverables for yourself.
Hire well. Just as in the offline world, the key to a job well done is to hire the right person to do it. So, particularly for larger, ongoing jobs, take your time and vet your candidates well. Evaluate them first through their cover letter and portfolio, then during a real-time interview, and finally by hiring them for a short, test-drive project. Communicate, communicate, communicate! We know we say this a lot, but communicating clearly, thoroughly, and consistently is just too important not to make a big deal about.
Be an active manager. The temptation with online work is to toss the job over the wall and hope that your freelancer delivers the job on time and up to par. Online or off, this isn’t the best way to ensure great results. Be sure to actively engage your freelancer—don’t be afraid to check in, ask to see work in progress, or request daily updates.
Provide feedback. Is the work going well? Then be sure to give your freelancer a virtual pat on the back. Positive feedback goes a long way towards building long-lasting work relationships and fostering great work. On the other hand, if you’re not satisfied with their output, say something! Be polite, but clear in your constructive criticism—there’s a good chance your freelancer didn’t know you were dissatisfied and will adjust to live up to your expectations.
Regardless of how you do it, communicating often and clearly is the key to keeping your project on track!
If your project isn’t going along as planned, step back and consider these possibilities as you reassess the job.
Talk it out. Get in touch with your freelancer to express your concerns. Be upfront about why you are unhappy, and give them clear directions for rectifying the situation. There’s a chance they had no idea you were unhappy and can easily correct the course of events.
Manage more actively. Misunderstandings most often arise when one or both parties aren’t communicating effectively. If you feel like your wires are crossed too often, be more proactive in your management style—check in often, ask to see work in progress, or request daily updates.
Trust your instincts. If your sixth business sense tells you that a freelancer isn’t honest or is giving you the runaround, trust your gut and end the relationship. There are plenty of trustworthy, hardworking professionals out there ready to step in and do the work.
Whether your team is growing rapidly as you get the hang of distributed work, or you’re migrating an existing team onto the Hiretowork platform, here are some best practices to get more done with a larger team of freelancers.
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Build a team culture. Once you have more than a few freelancers, you’ll want to ensure your team is all working in sync. Introductions and team check-ins go a long way.
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