November 7, 2019 at 10:04 AM #24123
How can I hire a great freelance talent over mediocre ones?
Designer, http://source15.comNovember 7, 2019 at 10:06 AM #24124
There are several methods that can help you find the right freelancer for your project:
Use a curated talent platform. Pre-vetted talent networks like Toptal have refined processes to offer a reliable, high-quality, and fast method of hiring top freelancers (Toptal only accepts the top 3% of candidates into their talent network). What are the pros/cons?
If you’re short on time, curated talent platforms such as Toptal scan their network of freelancers, so that you will have just a select few candidates to interview and hire.
Satisfaction guarantee. Toptal offers a no-risk trial period that enables you to hire a freelancer for your project and pay only if you’re completely satisfied with your freelancer’s work at the end of the trial period.
Pricing transparency. A curated talent platform will help you scope out the project and its price before you get started with a freelancer.
Use word of mouth. Referrals can be a great way to hire for any job. Great freelance talent usually knows other great freelance talents. If you have trusted networking contacts, tap into them and ask about inactive job seekers who have the time and skill to dedicate to your project. What are the pros/cons?
The difficulty of pursuing this method lies in the need to (1) possess your own network of talented freelancers, and (2) attracting these freelancers to your project. A great freelancer usually has their pick of projects, which means you may need to offer a higher pay rate or more scheduling flexibility if freelancers are not immediately interested in your project.
Use an agency. If you go this route, you’ll have to conduct your due diligence by reading reviews and speaking with each agency, of which there are many. What are the pros/cons?
Most freelancing agencies tend to be more costly than the other options mentioned above, are not flexible with their working style, and do not guarantee a successful outcome.
On the plus side, the pricing will be transparent up-front for your project needs and duration.
Vet freelancers yourself using set criteria. You can find freelancers on job boards, LinkedIn, and unvetted talent sites like Upwork. From there, you’ll want to use the same vetting process for all the freelancers you interview to minimize bias and arrive at an objective and clear winner. What are the pros/cons?
This vetting involves a formal, time-consuming recruiting process, most of which has already been outlined in others’ responses here.
The main point is that after you finalize a freelancer, the outcome will still be unclear and you won’t be able to get your time or money back like you could with pre-vetted platforms.
Hiring the right freelancer for your job is an important business decision. You don’t want to waste time and/or money working with someone who doesn’t accomplish your goals. It’s worth spending some time exploring your options.
I have worked with all these options, both as a freelancer and as a hiring manager. In my opinion, Toptal boasts the highest ROI and highest satisfaction for both clients and freelancers.
Hope that helps!
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