Compared to having an in-house full time house expert for ‘special’ projects, hiring a freelancer is a more cost-effective option. Not only does it save you on-boarding space, it also ensures that your projects are professionally done and completed within the agreed time frame.
Sadly, finding the perfect freelancer isn’t easy and often comes at a cost. The huge freelance market online doesn’t make your search any easier. However, your project only deserves the best freelancer. Here are 4 things to consider before signing on any freelancer:
Time and availability
Given the timeline and urgency of your project, the last thing you definitely need is to sign on a freelancer that wouldn’t have time to complete your project as at when due. To avoid this, ensure you verify the ‘time’ availability of any freelancer you might hire. Carefully explain importance of sticking with the project’s timeline and the implications of missing the deadline.
Effective channels of communication
Like in any other relationship, building a productive partnership with freelancers require good and effective communication. Rather than letting the absence of a shared working space affect the project at hand, it is important you establish effective channels of communications at the early stage of the partnership.
Whether you settle for emails, skype, or phone calls, ensure you schedule regular face-to-face meetings if it is an available option. More importantly, don’t wait till the end of the timeline before asking for updates on the project. From time to time, ask for reports, review the project timeline, deliberate on milestones, and identify whatever changes that need to be made.
Skills and expertise
Sometimes, your choice to work with a freelancer may not be informed by the lack of skills to handle projects. Most times, it could be that neither you nor your team members have the time on the project. If this is the case, then it will be a sheer waste of time and valuable resources to hire a freelancer that lacks the right skills and expertise.
To ensure you are making the perfect hire, do a background sweep on the freelancers’ past projects, check for client reviews, take a good look at their certifications… just ensure that they can deliver on the job.
As earlier mentioned, working with a freelancer comes at a cost which may vary from per hour charges to per project charges. Choose whichever works best for you and ensure that the fee is commensurate with the value of the services you will receive.
Once you are convinced that the freelancer is the perfect fit for the project, draw up a contract that spells out the expected deliverables, the terms and conditions, the duties of the parties involved, and of course, the agreed fee.
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