Everything You Need to Know About Hiring a Freelancer

From Entrepreneur, Devon Campbell provides excellent advice about hiring a freelancer.  He discusses where to find them, how much to pay them, and perhaps mostly importantly, how to pick the right one.  He writes:

How do I pick the right one?

Even if you have the advantage of meeting your freelancer, it’s a good idea to give them a relatively small job for starters just to be sure you can work well together. Shave off a small piece of the overall project and give them that first. It’s something of an insurance policy.

Whatever you do, please don’t ask your freelancer to do speculative work or to complete a project for free with the promise of more work later. It’s disrespectful of the freelancer’s time. If you can’t afford to test the freelancer with a project and if the freelancer’s portfolio and references are not giving you confidence, it’s best to move on leaving everyone with dignity intact.

As mentioned previously, meeting in some capacity — be it online, over the phone or in person — will help you figure out if you can work with this person. I’m sure I’ve turned plenty of people off my services just by being myself. This works out better for all parties. Why would we want to work together for six months or even just a month if we don’t get along?

Read the full story at Everything You Need to Know About Hiring a Freelancer.

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