Did you know that 36% of workers in the USA are involved in the “gig economy”? This gives companies – small and big – exposure to a large talent pool that is more affordable than full-time employees. However, finding and managing freelancers can be an uphill task if not done right.
In this article, we look at five ways you can find and manage freelancers for the benefit of your company. Let’s get started!
1. Pick the perfect fit
There are hundreds of sites that you can find freelancers such as Upwork, Fiverr, Toptal, and others. The caveat, they expose you to millions of freelancers leaving you spoilt for choice. Worst still, you end up hiring the wrong freelancer.
To avoid this, hire the right freelancer for your job. One that understands the scope of the project. One way to go around it is to interview several freelancers before you can settle for one.
2. Value the freelancer
It is tempting to treat a freelancer as just another person. However, these are professionals in their trade and they deserve the respect. Make them aware of the deliverable, timelines, revisions, and more. And take time to listen to their side of the story should they fall short.
3. Agree on deliverables
One of the best ways to manage a freelancer is to agree on the scope of the project. This includes all the major aspects such as deadlines and fees. This will mitigate the chances of misunderstanding.
4. Respect their independence
While you might prefer prompt replies to your emails and Slack messages, always keep in mind that freelancers serve other clients. As such, it is ideal to communicate via written messages rather than calls.
5. Strike a long-term working relationship
Forging a long-term working relationship will save you time used to search for other freelancers. Let them know you’ll get in touch in case of future projects.