29 Jul How to Best Approach the Process of Hiring Freelancers for Your Small Business
The technology age comes with many benefits for small business owners. One of those benefits is access to a large pool of freelance workers who have world-class skills and knowledge in their field. Hiring the right freelancers to take care of certain projects can significantly reduce your stress and give your business the boost it needs. However, you have to make sure a candidate is qualified for the kind of work you need done and that they can work within your company’s policies and guidelines. If you’re exploring the world of freelance for your small company, here are some tips to help you approach it so that your business will thrive.
Research the Legal Side
One upside to hiring a freelancer is that, if you like working with them, you may have the opportunity to bring them on as a full-time employee. With this possibility in mind, it’s important to understand the basics of employment law; for instance, there are many legal responsibilities that come both owning a business, as well as state and federal privacy, tax, and employment laws. Being knowledgeable can help you remain above board legally and ethically.
Know What You Want
To save yourself time and money, you want to have a good idea of what you’re looking for in a candidate before you advertise on job boards. Consider impending projects that you need a freelancer for. Think about the quality and style of work you’re looking for. Also, if you haven’t already, develop your requirements and preferences for skills, experience, communication, availability, and other factors so that applicants can know what to expect. Although you may receive a number of random applications from people who don’t meet any of your requirements, having specific expectations posted will help reduce the number of those applicants.
Hold a Remote Interview
Once you know what you’re looking for, choose some of the candidates that best fit your requirements, and then hold interviews via a video conference if possible. During each interview, cover important guidelines, policies, and elements of your company culture. If the candidate seems unsure of whether they can work within those parameters, you may need to keep looking; otherwise, even if the candidate is qualified, it could lead to problems.
Assign a Test Project
The last step before you hire a freelancer should be to assign them a test project. Choose a project that’s slightly less laborious than something they may work on in the future but that’s close enough to give you an idea of how they work. Don’t expect the project to be done perfectly; remember that it may take a little time for a freelancer to mesh with how your company does things. Nonetheless, if their work doesn’t come close to meeting your expectations, thank them for their service, pay them for the project, and move on.
Allow Your Freelancers Room for Creativity
After you hire a freelancer, one of the most important things you can to foster a good working relationship is to leave room for them to apply their creativity. This not only shows a freelancer that you trust their abilities, but it can also lead to projects that turn out better than they would have if you would have dictated the process step-by-step. Remember that you hire freelancers for their expertise, and allow them to do their thing if you want the best results.
Hiring a freelancer — or team of freelancers — can do wonders in relieving the stress that comes with owning a business, and it can make your business operations more efficient and profitable. Make sure you’re knowledgeable of employment law, and be clear about what you’re looking for in a freelancer before advertising a position. Hold a well-prepared interview to gauge how the candidate would fit with your company, and give them a test project before committing. Finally, allow each freelancer room to be creative.