Finding skilled & vetted freelancers – the easiest & simplest way
How to hire a freelancer: everything you need to know
In the beginning, entrepreneurs often hire freelancers instead of full-time employees to perform tasks. In addition to being cheaper, this strategy requires less paperwork and onboarding.
The following is an overview of how to find the right freelancer for your project.
What is the best place to find skilled freelancers?
When it comes to hiring freelancers, you are probably familiar with the 800-800 gorillas of the freelance market: Elance and oDesk. In both places, you will find a wide variety of freelance translators from around the world. You may think they are the perfect solution for your freelance needs, but there are some downsides.
While looking for a job as a freelancer, I watched the oDesk announcements about potential positions. The ads are aimed at freelancers in emerging markets, but the rates reduce the perception of value for my services in the market. It makes me uncompetitive.
The benefit of doing this is that you can save some money, but there are a few obstacles on the way. Will the contractor be available for communication if you choose a contractor outside of your region?
Imagine you wake up in the morning, review the work done on your project overnight, find a problem, and send a change request to the contractor. Probably not until the next business day will your contractor be able to fix the problem, and you won’t see the results until then. Suppose it still doesn’t work? Would you be able to afford it all the time? There might also be language barriers that make it difficult to describe your vision.
Due to these issues, I have friends who specialize in fencing website development. Originally, their work was done offshore. Despite being months behind schedule, most are budgeting with a lot of work to do. It is simply easier for them to deal with people in their area, even if the rates are higher.
Although Elance and oDesk have great people from all over the world, this does not mean that they do not have great talent. Although they exist, they are continually pushed out by ever-lower rates. Many take it out and some run away and will never return.
Authentic Jobs and Gun.io are two sources I like to use for development work. They both have great jobs and pay well. Taking the time to find the right person may cost you a little more, but it will be worth it in the end. Check out Folio if you’re looking for designers. Freelancers with expertise in telecommunications, IT & networking can be found at the Field Engineer on-demand marketplace.
By performing a simple search, you can find the Other boards. Reddit’s mandatory order is somewhere in the middle. Though Gun.io may offer higher rates than oDesk, that doesn’t make up for its caliber.
Your local community may be the best source of freelancers. Within a 50-mile radius of you, you will probably find some developers looking for work. There are Meetup groups, chambers of commerce, business networking groups, and entrepreneur support groups for local freelancers. Get advice from other business owners. Look around the cafe to see if anyone is using a computer that has cryptographic stickers covering the case.
If you meet directly with the contractor, you will know if the working relationship is a good fit. There are still many barriers to reading people on the Internet, even though the Internet has broken down many of them. An in-person meeting will give you a very good idea in just a few minutes.
Here are some tips on how to hire freelancers.