Finding and hiring good freelancers can be difficult if you don’t know how. Most people are honest and willing to work hard, but there is a minority who are willing to take on any job, regardless of their skills or expertise. These freelancers may give you substandard work or nothing at all. If you sign a contract with one of them, it can be difficult to get your money back.
Here are some things to keep in mind when hiring freelancers so you can find skilled, skilled workers who can get the job done on time.
Spammers are a big problem on freelance sites like O-desk and Freelancer, so keep an eye out for them. Some freelancers use bots to apply to any posted position, regardless of the requirements. This means you need to be clear about what you want and expect, and you should also include keywords or phrases that people should use in their bids. This allows you to ignore bids without the phrase and find real bids faster.
Always ask for samples:
Whether you’re looking for a freelancer privately or through a website, you should always ask to see a portfolio or sample. For design work and the like, you should ask for references that can be verified, while when writing you can ask to see any work that has been published in reputable article directories or former clients.
On some projects, you may not be able to tell from past work whether a freelancer is a good fit for your project. Cover letters can be copied and stolen, so it’s best to ask for a quick sample so you can get a good idea of how good or bad they are. Some freelancers don’t like this because some shady buyers take advantage of it and use test jobs without paying. A custom sample of 75 to 100 words should do the trick. Freelancers don’t have to worry about you stealing their work, and you stay away from less reputable bidders.
Pay attention to reviews:
Employer reviews are a great way to see how good freelancers are and how hard they work. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t hire a freelancer with a lot of bad reviews, but you should also be wary of freelancers who don’t have any. If you’re willing to give newbies a chance, that’s fine, but know you’re taking a risk and be very aware of what you want. Keep in mind that if a freelancer has a lot of good reviews and some bad reviews, the bad reviewers may not be entirely honest. Sometimes buyers leave bad reviews to get revenge for things sellers don’t understand.
Put it in writing:
Once you’ve found a good freelancer and agreed on the price, delivery date, and specifications, it’s a good idea to put it all in writing along with the contract. This is especially important when working with people outside of the Freelancer site, neither party is protected.