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8 Tips to Help You Hire the Best Freelance Talent

8 Tips to Help You Hire the Best Freelance Talent
From Recruiter - December 8, 2016

1. Present the Project in an Open-Ended Way

Rather than giving potential freelancers all of the full project details, find an item that you can frame as a problem. That way, you can ask them about the project as a whole and also get their advice on how they would solve that problem. This will show you if they understand your project and if they can work with you in finding solutions to problems.

Edwin Ivanauskas, Citadel Insurance

2. Asses Their Skills Via Trial by Fire

The key is to only hire people who have prior positive feedback and always alwaysgive a small test project (an hours or a days worth of work) before awarding a larger (multi-day/week/month) project. You want to test for language skills, response time, quality of work, and if they did what you asked them to do. Trial by fire is by far the best way to hire freelancers.

The other tip I frequently use is to give the same small test project to three people and let them compete through demonstrated work product for the larger project.

Mike Scanlin, Born to Sell

3. Make Sure You Dont Misclassify

First, determine whether the freelancer thinks of themselves as an independent business owner, a temporary employee, or something else. From a legal perspective in many states (such as in New York), a true freelancer is probably an independent business owner and has taken steps to distinguish themselves as one. They have a website, business cards, a tax identification number that is not their social security number, and processes for estimating the costs of the work, how the work will be done, where it will be done, and when. If they dont have these things, there is a good chance that you are hiring an employee. You need to be certain you are complying with all laws, rules, and regulations from the Internal Revenue Service, as well as the Departments of Labor (DOL) and workers compensation agencies in each state where you are hiring freelancers or where they are working. The penalties for getting this wrong can personally bankrupt you, not just your small business.

Second, do a thorough screening. A true freelancer will function like a professional, if not an entrepreneur. They will have other clients whom you can ask about the freelancers work. They will take the lead on the project and treat you like a valued client. You shouldnt have to chase them down or train them. They will communicate with you about the progress of the project, and they should be the one determining how it will be completed. They will typically use their own tools and creative process, delivering you a customized work as your end result.

Nance L. Schick, The Law Studio of Nance L. Schick

4. Emphasize Your Selling Points

When drafting the job specification, I make sure I include the key selling points of working with me and of the role. Typically, this comprises prompt payment, ongoing training, and a pipeline of substantial work for a candidate who delivers on the job being advertised. This way, I am enticing the best in the market to choose me over my competition.

Luke Bastin, PDA Buzz

5. Let Unqualified Applicants Disqualify Themselves

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