How Website Owners Should Work With Freelancers?

Posted on June 29, 2013 by
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Once your website reaches certain size, you are going to need to delegate some or most of the work. A good way to do this is to use popular job boards to find skilled international freelancers. Unfortunately, there’s always a mix of low and high work quality at all price points. Website owners need to find freelancers that they can rely on. One thing for sure, it is not a good idea to wait into we really need their help. It is often necessary to create a list that can be handy once you need some freelancers. The smooth running of your website may rely on how quickly you recruit new freelancers and obtain results needed.

A good way to find skilled freelancers is to visit popular web forums and start a contest. Let’s assume the average price for web logo creation is $100, so it is a good idea to start a contest and offer $500 for the best logo. That may sound a bit too expensive, but you will attract numerous skilled logo designers that can help you immensely during future projects. Before hiring freelancers for an online project, it is important to recognize the type of projects you are working on. It may not be wise to trust more important parts of your project to first-time freelances. Many things can go wrong with them and there may be too much at stake. For example, inexperienced freelancers may not have an idea how your mortar-and-brick business operates and it is not a good idea to ask them to fully define your online business model.

Hiring a freelance allows you to cut on costs and gives you an opportunity to focus on more important parts of a web project. Often, new website owners don’t have a large sum of money to invest on projects that involve web agencies. Freelancers are often an efficient and practical solution to get your projects completed.

Many experienced freelances have worked closely with clients and web agencies; often they can even provide advices on how to make your project goes smoother. Say your online shop fails to meet expected sales level despite having plenty of visitors. You’re struggling to keep your online store above the surface while competitors are making huge fortune. Experienced freelancers can give you opinions taken from different perspectives. They may have encountered clients with similar problems and know exactly how to solve them.

If a problem is new to you, it is possible to make mistakes along the way and waste money in the process. Experienced freelancers can help offline business to “infiltrate” the Internet and find ways attract more customers through online means. The global market is very big for most niches and you need a good, modern online representation that can effectively convert first-time visitors into loyal customers.

Recruiting New Freelancers

Let’s assume that you have worked with a number of freelancers for the past few years. Consider whether you can manage them properly to maintain superior work quality. Avoid asking them to do something that’s beyond their capacity to maintain acceptable level of quality.

Once all your freelancers have reached full productivity, it uis necessary to find others that provide the same quality of work at similar pricing. Sites like Freelancer.com allow you to review each freelancer individually and consider whether that can collaborate with others in your project. Open a new account in Freelancer.com and post basic details on your project. When performed correctly, you will attract interests from many skilled individuals with knowledge and skills relevant to your projects. Choose a short, clear name for your project and put it into the correct category. Add some details, expected project value and working hours. Freelancer.com allows you to pay in many types of currencies. It is also necessary to set the project type, such as full time, sealed, private, urgent and featured. Add all necessary contact details such as instant message ID, email and mobile phone number. After you’ve completed all these details; post the job invitation. Those interested with your project will make a bid. Check the performance and experience of these freelancers by checking their public profiles and records on their previous projects. Another important part of the process is to read reviews from previous clients.

Because some freelancers send dozens of spam applications each day in a hope that they will get some kind of work, it is necessary to narrow down candidates by asking them to give you sample projects or previous website projects. This step should allow you to gauge their professionalism and choose 2 or 3 best applicants.

Now, it’s a good time start the interview process. Make sure they deliver intelligent responses to your questions which indicate thorough understanding of the project. As you are working with them on a regular basis, make sure they have the professional courtesy to allow comfortable long-term relationship. Very polite freelancers are generally more concerned with the quality of their work.

Some freelancers may already have full book business, while others don’t have anything else going on. Consider their work capacity before assigning a task and often, you are not the only client they are working with. Ask the freelancer how long it will take to complete a task. Set a reasonable deadline and make sure both of you are comfortable with it. Experienced freelancers can generally perform in a professional manner and agree to follow your requirements. If necessary, ask the freelancer to provide updates on the ongoing task. If it takes ten working days to complete a project, ask the freelancer to provide an update every two days. This method should help you determine whether your project is progressing as scheduled. At the end of the day, you need to make sure that you have hired a freelancer that’s capable of responding to your unique requirements.

Author :

  • Subash