Make sure you request for necessary skills tests, certifications and assessments related to the area of your Job. Freelance jobs such as Data Entry, Copy writing, Translations, Proof reading requires certain skill levels such as typing speed, reading speed, words per minute, vocabulary and grammar skills, plagiarism levels. Always request for scores from recognized online tests for such parameters which helps you identify matching freelancers easily.
Always interview 4-5 potential Freelancers so that you can get a quick insight of how your project looks like in the eyes of Freelancers. So that you can quickly customize your conversations with rest of the Freelancers.
It’s always good to first do a self-study on the project and the technologies involved so that you can get a head start on the project deliverables are associated technologies, which will enable you to have a fruitful conversation with potential Freelancers.
How to interview your prospective Freelancers right? (50% of your hiring decision is based on interview outcome)
Make sure to first keep a list of key questions to ask. This avoids any possible gaps in the clarifications process.
Use polite and decent language. This helps to build a strong relationship with the Freelancer. He may go the extra mile to complete your tasks.
Be a good listener. Always be prepared to first listen to the explanations or clarifications the freelancer provides, then provide your feedback, so that your feedback is always relevant to the on going conversation. Also it demonstrates your level of professionalism.
Where the freelancer is in doubt or needs more time, always be prepared to provide some time to get back. This will ensure no forced decisions are being taken by the prospective freelancers, which could jeopardize the final output.
How to structure your project milestones right? (There is a 70% correlation between Job milestone plan and business and marketing plans)
Always be realistic in setting the milestones.
Breakdown your deliverables such a way that ideally suits your business requirements.
Always advance critical features or sub-product items where go to market is critical or those need to be validated fast.
Always advance dependency items to earlier stage of projects so any strategic changes or scope alterations that may happen, can be easily accounted for at subsequent milestones.
Be realistic and be prepared to justify the budget percentages attached to each milestone.
Always make sure to discuss with the Freelancer in details before job milestones are finalized.
How to complement Freelancers work with right internal staff skills? (70% of Jobs completed successfully have had good internal staff backing)
It is always beneficial to employ internal staffs who have both business and technical skills surrounding the ongoing project. This helps to speed up the communications with the Freelancer and also it could mitigate any potential issues that may arise during the course of the project.
By employing an internal staff who has similar skills will encourage the Freelancer to perform well and also enables him to discuss any deep technical matters in detail with the internal staff member.
By employing a skillful internal staff member, could help to avoid any potential fraud that may happen by the Freelancer as staff member could always ask the right questions from the freelancer and also by making the Freelancer aware of the skill of the internal staff member will keep him away from any stealth or fraudulent activities.
What are the benefits you might look for by hiring a Freelancer? (It is all about the benefits of Freelancing Of course!)