Today’s businesses have a new secret weapon: Employees who are available at any time from anywhere in the world.
Do you need a blog post written, but don’t have the time to do it? What about a new logo? Freelancers are perfect for tasks that you can’t complete internally or those that would be cheaper to outsource.
But to ensure you’re hiring the right person, you need a solid process for vetting and working with freelancers.
Here are six strategies for forging a successful partnership:
1. Vet your freelancer
When hiring a freelancer, you need to make sure you bring on someone who’s suited for the task you need completed. Don’t be afraid to ask for references or samples of past work. Take a close look at the freelancer’s portfolio so you can see what she’s delivered for similar assignments. A quick chat with a former client can tell you whether this person is right for your project. You can also have freelancers go through your standard HR vetting process or speed it up by using a hiring site that lists freelancers’ ratings and client testimonials