1. Check out their resume and experience
Of course, checking a freelancer’s resume is the first step, to see what their background is in, how many years of experience do they have and what other complementary skills they have.
Even though it is important to hire someone with experience and it will give you some assurance about the quality of the work they could offer, sometimes you would want to give a chance to a newbie freelancer too, they charge you much less than the expert ones and since they want to build their resume and earn good ratings, they will be flexible and compliant with your demands.
2. Check their work samples
Freelancers usually share a sample work in their profiles. In case of the freelance designers, they have a portfolio that they share with everyone. This depicts how serious and professional the freelancers are as well as how much they pay attention to the details.
Checking this portfolio gives you a clue about the level of expertise of the freelancer. It helps you realize if they are able to deliver the kind of job and the style you are looking for or not.
3. Ask them about their working hours and if they can meet your deadlines
Freelancers charge employers different rates and based on different task structures. some tasks are one time fixed priced tasks like designing a logo, and others are ongoing tasks that require the freelancer to perform a job for a certain amount of time like being a virtual assistant for three months.
In either case, it’s important to show how serious you are about the deadlines and how flexible/unflexible the deadlines you have put are. Otherwise, you might find some freelancers who, in spite of their high-quality job performance, do not deliver the projects in time.
While doing the first talks with the freelancer, let them know that you are serious (if you are), about the timing of the project delivery.
And if this is an hourly based task that they need to do, like a virtual assistant job, ask them to be precise in the starting and the ending of their task.
4. See what questions they have to ask from you
Usually, before a contract starts, the employer gives the freelancer an option to ask them any questions that they might have. Some times when the task is difficult to understand or is still unclear for the freelancer, this allows them to get a better perspective about what they should do. If you give the freelancer the chance to ask questions and they came up with trivial and unnecessary questions, that shows one of the two things : one, either they haven’t understood the task at all, or, they are not very proficient in the task that is going to be delegated to them. In either case, this is not a good sign to pursue this collaboration.
5. Be regularly in touch with your freelancer
This depends on the task that you are giving to the freelancer and your own time schedule. But having an open line of conversation with the freelancer, so that if something was unclear to them during the process of doing the job, they are able to ask you about it, is a good option, specially because they are working remotely and you are not closely monitoring their work and how it proceeds. it’s a good idea for you to check up on the job progress regularly as well.
This will give them a better idea about your goals and objectives and helps them follow the path you intend them to.
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