Hiring a freelancer is a great way to save money and time. But, since the marketplace is filled with freelancers, you may get flooded with a large number of proposals for a given job. How to make the right decision? Don’t worry, let Awfis help you in hiring the right freelancer for the job-
1. Do I check the freelancers’ portfolio or just rely on their word?
See if your freelancer can ‘walk the walk’ and not just ‘talk the talk’. The number #1 rule in hiring a freelancer online is, if you can’t see any work examples, then don’t make the hire. Especially if they’re asking for the payment upfront.
2. How should I keep in constant touch with my freelancer without sounding too clingy?
It’s really important to remember to set the ground rules for communication with your freelancer. Whether it’s by Skype, email, or a weekly phone call, either way, you need to be comfortable with the communication frequency and medium prior to starting any job.
3. Do I pick the cheapest freelancer?
It can be so tempting to pick the cheapest option when selecting a freelancer but this can more often than not lead to disaster, but be careful when considering an entry-level price point contractor as you do get what you pay for when hiring freelancers.
4. Should I ask for references?
Just because you’re not hiring a freelancer in the typical face-to-face scenario where you would receive a full CV and do a reference check, does not mean you don’t have the right to at least ask for some form of reference, or even contact a previous client with the freelancer’s permission.
5. Is it important to get a team player?
This can be a little tricky to determine, but if this is a requirement for you, i.e. your freelancer needs to interact with various members of your team, across complex items, then simply ask them.
6. How much should I pay them?
It always depends on project milestones. If the project is lengthy and they’re asking for the payment prior working, it does make you skeptical. You may encounter this scenario. But, you do need to be happy with the terms of payment when making your hire.
Do try to sort these things out with your hire before you make an actual hire. Hope we’ve answered most of your questions and set you off on hiring the perfect freelancer for the job!