The time has come. You’re ready to hand over that gruelling web design/accounting/writing task to a freelancer and spend your Friday evenings kicking back rather than tethered to your desk. But hold it right there! How do you find a freelancer who isn’t only going to complete your task but do it with passion and pizzazz?
It’s estimated that the US alone has around 59 million freelancers. That’s a whole lot of choice to wade through. But fear not, we know a thing or two about finding the best freelancer for the job. Here are our top tips.
Get super clear on the brief 📝
You’re all set to find the cream of the freelancer crop, but wait a second. Have you taken the time to get very clear on what the job actually is and what it specifically entails?
The clearer you are, the easier it will be to source someone who meets your criteria so before you start your search ensure you know your brief inside out. After all, if you don’t know what you’re looking for, how can you expect to find it?
Need someone with an interest in personal development to bring your self-help blog to life? Add it to your list of desirables. On the hunt for a photographer who can capture a very specific style of imagery? Include it in your notes.
You wouldn’t look for crisps in the frozen food aisle, so don’t go shopping for a graphic designer when you really need an illustrator.
Want more on how to write a great brief? Check out this video!
Remember, it’s not all about the cost 💰
Found a freelancer who has blown your socks off but they’re just a smidge out of your budget? It could be worth parting with a few extra dollars for the perfect fit.
Here’s our advice: check out what they’re able to deliver, consider their past experience, and feel free to ask them about their pricing so you know exactly what you’re going to get.
If your budget still doesn’t quite reach, ask for a discount! You never know, they may just be willing to work with you. Be kind and you never know what might happen.
Review their portfolio 🎨
You probably wouldn’t purchase a pair of jeans without trying them on, so before you hand over your hard-earned money to a freelancer, it’s a good idea to see if they fit. That’s where portfolios come in. They’re the easiest way to get an accurate feel for what they do and the kind of work they produce.
Don’t see what you’re specifically looking for straight off the bat? Don’t dismiss them just yet – most freelancers have experience working on a wide variety of different and unique projects. That means they’ll likely be able to adapt to your requirements quicker than you can say ‘super stretch denim’.
If in doubt, ask to see samples of work that is most similar to your requirements and then make a decision from there. Sorted.
Check out their reviews ⭐
Star ratings, reviews, and testimonials can tell you a whole lot about a freelancer and their reputation.
💡A pro tip? Don’t just skim read reviews – take the time to notice what previous clients have loved most about the freelancer’s work. Was it the quality? Turnaround? Flare? Or Cost?💡
See how the comments measure up with your own expectations before assigning them for the job.
Use a reliable outsourcing platform 🌐
Could you do without the headache of scouring social media, curating lengthy job postings, and cold-emailing potential candidates? We know just the ticket.
AnyTask.com has thousands of exceptionally talented and skilled freelancers all in the one place that you can find with a few taps on your keyboard. Better yet, the platform is packed with experienced photographers, writers, editors, marketers, techies, and more who are ready and willing to complete your project in a snap. With over 30,000 professional Tasks on offer and detailed reviews, you can’t go wrong.
So go get ‘em. Top-class freelance hires, coming right up.