How to Hire a Freelancer

Hire a freelancer

Does your growing business need a freelancer? From simple data entry to large-scale projects requiring highly-specialized skills, the right freelancer can help you reach your goals and streamline your business – all without the commitment and cost of hiring a full-time employee.

Here are some tips to help you find great freelance work candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Why hire a freelancer?

Hiring a top freelancer allows you to work with an expert at a reduced cost. The right freelancer can hit the ground running with minimal training and complete both short-term and long-term tasks and projects with maximum flexibility, quick turnaround times, and low overhead.

Contributions of a great freelancer:

  • Understand project briefs to produce accurate, high-quality work
  • Handle multiple projects through to completion, consistently meeting tight deadlines
  • Communicate effectively across multiple channels (email, Skype, online collaboration tools, etc.)
  • Provide out-of-the-box, innovative solutions to meet project goals
  • Help with time-sensitive projects or unexpected issues outside of normal working hours

Skills to look for in a great freelancer

Freelancers are often top experts in their field, providing specialized work to fill the skills gap at your company. To find a freelancer that matches your company’s needs, look for qualifications and work experience that reflect top freelancing skills, especially in the specific industry you’re hiring for.

Freelancer qualifications:

  • Portfolio or samples of work
  • Specialized skillset
  • Knowledge of online collaboration tools, such as Asana or Trello
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Project management skills
  • Flexibility and self-discipline

Writing a freelancer job description

A thoughtful description is important in finding qualified freelancer candidates. A freelancer job description should include a compelling summary of the role or project, a detailed list of duties and responsibilities, and the required and preferred skills for the position.

Keywords to include in your freelancer job description: 

  • Digital nomad
  • Contract
  • Part-time
  • Remote
  • Independent contractor
  • Short-term

Interviewing freelancer candidates

Hire the right freelancer for your business by asking targeted interview questions that will reveal a candidate’s ability to seamlessly transition to different projects, manage demanding workloads and deadlines, and communicate consistently and effectively across a wide variety of channels.

Topics for freelancer interview questions:

  • Time management skills
  • Past freelancing experience
  • How they measure and communicate results
  • Personal work process
  • Freelance rates, fees, and payment schedules

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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