Often times, your startup will need flexibility in terms of needs and cash flow. Maybe you need some branding or editing done one minute and then not again for another month or so. Well, your solution may be finding strong and reliable freelance work, which can be a major game-changer for your startup. But finding great talent isn’t as easily said as done. Here are a few things to consider when hiring a freelancer.
To scope out the best of the best, you’ll need to do some digging. If you can’t find someone by connecting with other businesses or partners you trust, check out the Internet. There are several great sites that provide a board for you to post your business’s needs and allow you to skim through freelance candidates. Check out 99Designs or HourlyNerd. Both are great sites that may offer solutions to your design or business consulting needs.
Don’t buy without going for a test-drive. Most freelancers should have a portfolio for you to look at that displays their best work. You don’t want to commit to paying someone without knowing exactly what their skillsets are or checking out their references. Often times, you won’t even have the opportunity to meet your freelancer in person so you want to make sure they are worth your time and money.
Keeping communication lines open is imperative to your project’s success. You need to make sure that your freelancer is responsive and available, and likewise, you need to make sure that you do the same for them. Requiring regular check-ins will keep both your freelancer and you on track, which will ensure the successful completion of whatever project you need done.
Although it may seem like an overwhelming process to find and secure exceptional freelance work, it will only help your projects run smoother and allow you to put out quality work. Let us know if you have any other suggestions when hiring freelancers by tweeting @Staternoise.
Katherine is a newbie to Denver. She recently completed her Masters in Peace and Justice Studies at the University of San Diego. When she isn’t trying to save the world, Katherine is all about trying any and all delicious foods, hitting up the beach but not actually swimming (deathly afraid of sharks), and taking as many hikes as humanly possible.