Where & How To Hire a Freelancer

Wondering where to hire a freelancer? Get the inside scoop about finding and hiring a freelancer for your projects and teams.

How To Find and Hire the Right Freelancer For Your Business

Hiring a freelancer can be a great way to get work done quickly and efficiently. However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind before you start the process. Here are a few tips on how to find and hire the right freelancer for your business.

If you’re looking for a freelancer to help you with a specific task or project, you’ll want to make sure that the person you hire has the skills and experience necessary to complete the job. You can usually find this information on their resume or portfolio.

Where To Hire a Freelancer

There are a few different places you can hire a freelancer. The most common is through freelancing platforms like Upwork or Freelancer.com. These platforms are a great way to connect with freelancers who have the skills and experience you need for your project.

Another option is to post a job ad on sites like Craigslist or Reddit. This can be a great way to find freelancers who are looking for work, and you can get a lot of responses quickly this way. However, you’ll need to do some vetting to make sure that the freelancer is a good fit for your project.

Finally, you can reach out to your network of contacts. This might include friends, family, or people you know through work. This can be a great way to find freelancers who are already familiar with your business and who might be a good fit for your project.

Another avenue for finding creative freelancers is through Google or other popular search engines. Many times freelancers and independent contractors will have their own website or portfolios online that you can browse. You’ll likely find contact buttons or forms on freelancers’ websites, so you can just send them a message and inquire about collaborating. Worst case scenario is they are too busy and you continue on in your searches, it never hurts to ask.

How Much Does a Freelancer Cost

Another thing to keep in mind is your budget. Make sure you know how much you’re willing to spend on a freelancer before you start looking. Once you have an idea of your budget, you can start searching for freelancers who fit within that price range.

(more on pricing and payment practices below)

No matter how you find a freelancer, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind before making a decision.

Once you’ve considered these factors, you should be ready to make a decision on which freelancer to hire.

When To Hire a Freelancer

Deciding when to hire a freelancer can be tricky. You want to make sure that you’re hiring the right person for the job, and that they’re available when you need them.

If you’re looking to hire a freelancer for a short-term project, it’s best to wait until you have a clear idea of what you need to be done. This way, you can give the freelancer a more defined scope of work and avoid any misunderstandings.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a freelancer to help with on-going work, it’s best to hire them sooner rather than later. This way, they can get started right away and help you to maintain a consistent level of quality.

Hiring someone before you fully know what you need can of course cost a bit more, in regards to billable hours upfront, but the freelancer can sometimes anticipate better what will be needed (based on their experience).

Interview Your Freelancer

Once you’ve found a freelancer that you’re interested in hiring, it’s important to interview them before making a final decision. This will give you a chance to get to know them better and see if they’re a good fit for your business.

Depending how big your team is, perhaps you have a dedicated member that will conduct the interview. If not, make sure you at least talk with your future freelancer (phone interview will typically suffice).

How Often To Communicate With Your Freelancer

Communication is key when it comes to working with a freelancer. You’ll want to make sure that you communicate with them regularly, preferably as each milestone or segment is delivered before moving on to the next stage. This will help to ensure that both of you are on the same page and that time isn’t wasted, on either end.

It’s important to remember that your freelancer might not be available 24/7 for communication. If they’re in a different time zone, or if they have other projects going on, there may be times when they can’t answer your messages right away.

Try to be understanding and give them some leeway, but make sure that you establish clear expectations from the start. More often than not, the freelancer has chosen a non-standard working schedule to escape the 9-5. This means that they might not work Monday – Friday but instead swap in time during the weekend, it’s always worth asking at the beginning.

Paying Your Freelancer

When it comes to paying your freelancer, there are a few different options. The most common is to pay them based on an hourly rate. However, you can also agree on a fixed price fee for the project as a whole.

Paying hourly can be a good option if you’re not sure how long the project will take. This way, you won’t have to worry about paying for more hours than you need and sometimes you, as the business owner will have pieces of the puzzle put in place after just a few hours.

If you decide to pay a fixed price, make sure that you and the freelancer agree on what’s included in that price. This can help to avoid any misunderstandings down the road.

Fixed price projects can actually end up costing more because of the amount of unknown variables that will be built into the fee. For example, if the freelancer has to account for changes that the client requests then it’s only fair that said changes are billed additionally – assuming the freelancer is okay with working on a retainer (basically, guaranteeing work for an agreed-upon period of time).

In any kind of design work, revisions are inevitable and the number of revisions a client is going to want will always vary (better to err on the side of caution).

Depending what freelancing platform you use the billing structure and additional fees will vary. Upwork, for example, charges a 20% fee on the total project value when work is completed. This is in addition to the freelancer’s own payment processing fees so best to keep in mind that a freelancer’s rate and fixed fees will sometimes include additional costs to cover platform-specific fees.

If you are working outside of a freelancing platform, and saving on fees, make sure you are the freelancer know how best invoicing and payment structure will work. For some items, such as design there may be a deposit upfront with the balance due upon completion.

The most important thing when it comes to paying your freelancer is to make sure that you’re both clear on what’s expected and when payment is due. This will help to avoid any misunderstandings or disagreements down the road.