Would you work with a Freelancer? Okay but how? What do you need to be careful with when you work with a Freelancer? Upwork vs. Linkedin

You need somebody to work with for a single project. You are not going to work regularly, but you need a person to finish a Project. Where would you find it?

It is risky to employ someone that you don’t know for a project. Will he/she able to deliver the project in time? Can he/she provide it successfully?  It is hard to be sure. People with reference is partially useful in that matter: at least there is one person who can guarantee that this person is reliable. However, there are times that this doesn’t work out. It is important in which area you demand that service.  I regularly work with freelancers in my field for many years; Video Production, Design, and E-Learning. I have a network of reliable people to work with, and they match my trust criteria. However, there are times that I need to get a service, and I don’t know that much about it. This article sums up my ten years of experience.

Where Do I Find Freelancers?

You can rely on the platforms such as Upwork and Fiver because their rating is significant for freelancers. Even a freelancer gets ten times a five-star rating; a 1-star rating can mess their profile.

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Now, this works both ways: employers rated regarding the experience as well.  One downside of these platforms is they cut way too much from both employer and freelancer. Due to this, with a limited budget, you can work with below-the-line freelancers that you could afford much better than this. Also, don’t expect any artistic quality from 3-dollar-per-hour freelancers; maybe they are an excellent fit for a technical issue but usually not an artistic one.

I find people on Linkedin that I work for freelance projects. When you work with the people you see on Linkedin, the bond that connects you is trust; there is no rating service nor a legal bond operated by Linkedin. My usual routine consists of these steps: first, I search people with the title freelancer + service. I create a shortlist of 10 people from my criteria, which I will explain below. After a brief HR assessment, I start working right away with the person I chose to work with for the project. I am sharing the tips that I consider relevant for working with freelance people. Feel free to share in the comments if you think it’s useful:

    1. Accessibility

      The list starts with accessibility. Never work with a person who replies to your messages late without explaining. You work according to trust, so it’s crucial to receive notifications in a short delay. If a person responds to your invitation in 3 days or gets back to you in an hour for your messages, that won’t do.

    2. Text Communication

      It is crucial to have everything written. If you get a promise on the phone, write a short note to your conversation “we agreed on that matter.” Also, you can take screenshots of your conversation.

    3. Linkedin Activities

      When you create your shortlist, it’s essential to check out the user activities. If a person is active on Linkedin, there is less chance that they will block you and go away in the case, that’s a sign that they care about their digital identity and won’t do something risky. Just check the activities section; if they write comments, like posts, or share, that’s good.

    4. Prepayment Time

      You can do prepayment if you see a little progress after the initial start. Also, let that person know the terms of stepping down from the project “written.” Do not leave room for misunderstandings.

    5. Open Communication

      It is hard to foresee unbalanced profiles from the beginning. Some people are very eager initially; they can be offended by something you said and become involuntary to finish the tasks. Be assertive at what you want and encourage the other party to open communication from the very beginning. Don’t be a greedy person because you pay for a service, neither don’t let anyone treat you wrong. If it comes to the point that the freelancer creates more issues than solutions, take backups, ask final questions and pay what you received.

    6. Research

      It would be best if you had a good understanding of the terminology of the project you demanded. If you are going to receive a software-based service, it’s nice to have a little experience with that software to have a vague idea about what is going on. If there is no such possibility, it is good to interview people and read articles on the internet. That way, you can evade mispricing and poorly evaluated deadlines.

    7. Correct Pricing

      Both parties define the value of a project if you are going to work with a freelancer. Sometimes you have a minimal budget; sometimes, a freelancer needs a small & immediate payment. That’s why project fees are so inconsistent. If you are friendly and explain why you have a limited budget for this project, you may get an excellent freelancer service. It all comes down to communication. The median system doesn’t work out usually for freelance projects, do not shot an example of “that person is willing to do that project for 10 percent of your fee”. You may receive a brief relaxation, but you will lose the goodwill of the other party.

While I finish this text, I’d like to highlight that most of my experiences were positive experiences with the freelancers and people I don’t know at all. You need to trust the process, and don’t forget to be cautious. After all, this is the new work order.

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