5 Tips to get the best results out of a Freelancer

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A lot of employers shy away from online outsourcing as they find the task daunting. Because they probably fail to understand how to make the system work for their convenience. This article aims at making things easy for every business professional and making the task of hiring freelancers online seem like a cake walk.

Employers stand to benefit as much, if not more, from such a phenomenon. More number of employers and businesses are now looking at an ‘on-demand’ workforce as being an integral part of the business and look forward to hire freelancers.

Questions like ‘whether to work with freelancers’ are but extinct and are replaced by the likes of ‘how best to work with freelancers’. Such is the intention of this article; to enumerate the ways in which one can get the most out of a freelancer. Here are 5 tips on how you can make the best of freelancers that are available to work online.


1. SELECTING THE RIGHT FREELANCER

Before hiring a freelancer, it is the responsibility of the buyer to carry out some background research whilst shortlisting potential candidates for the task.

Most online service marketplaces and freelance websites maintain a robust rating system that evaluates profiles on various criteria.

The following parameters are good indicators of a freelancers’ potential :-

a) LEVELS

A higher rank means more experience and exposure under the belt. So always prefer the Sellers with higher Level, that being said doesn’t mean Sellers on lower Levels aren’t competitive enough. Levels only define a proven experience of freelancers.

b) REVIEWS

Reviews from previous buyers are a sure shot sign of the freelancers’ skills. They indicate reliability, so make sure to meticulously go through the reviews.

c) RESPONSE

Note how early and often a freelancer responds to queries and requests. Remember early bird gets the worm. It is a good yardstick with which to measure their enthusiasm towards work. A high response rate means the Seller is really quick in replying and probably won’t keep the buyer on hold for every query asked.

d) PUNCTUALITY

Time is money, especially in freelancing. Notice if they respect deadlines. Prompt deliveries are always preferred to delays. So a high Punctuality rating clearly means, that chances are high that you will receive your work done exactly on time or maybe before.


2. KNOW WHAT YOU WANT. BE VERY ACCURATE

It is vital that a buyer be fully aware of their requirements and expectations.

It would be wise to invest certain time and effort into preparing a project brief to define the tasks, scopes and objectives of the undertaking and explain them.

This provides clarity to both parties and paves the way for a smooth collaborative experience.


3. BE QUICK AND CLEAR IN COMMUNICATION

Clear and effective two way communication is a prerequisite to any activity which involves two or more individuals.

It lays the foundation of the project and sets the tone and pace of the project.

Clarity is of the essence. It is also a two way street. The buyer must be sure of what they need and the seller in turn must be honest about deliveries.

For example – When hiring a web designer, it is necessary that the buyer understands all relevant details about the technology required to create a website or the scope of work needed.


4. PROVIDE REFERENCE FILE OR LINK WHENEVER POSSIBLE

A freelancer may not be a mind reader, but a buyer can always show the seller what’s there in their minds. A reference file or link does the trick to bridge this. It saves lots of potential modifications required for the project and saves time of both the parties ultimately leading to a good experience and a successful freelance experience.

For example – If as a buyer you need stationery design for your company from a designer. It would be wiser to supply some reference files to the seller rather than hoping the designers to come up with something as per your expectations.


5. TELL THEM ABOUT YOUR DEADLINES IN ADVANCE

It is imperative that any deadlines the buyer has to adhere to, be communicated to the freelancer.

Only after the approval and affirmation of the seller, must the task be considered as concluded on part of the buyer.

For example – When availing the services of a freelance writer for writing a blog or an article, mention the stipulated time of completion you have in mind. It will enable the writer to plan their work accordingly.

 

What would you do to get the best results from a freelancer?

10 September, 2016
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