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Tips on Hiring Freelancers

Hiring freelance workers is a common strategy for organizations who do not have the internal resources or staff to carry out a particular project. In addition to being an effective measure for companies that do not have the resources, staff or time to perform certain tasks, it can also be considered as a very cost effect strategy as companies will not need to hire specialist individuals on a full time basis to perform ad hoc work.

The rules surrounding the hiring of freelance workers is essentially the same as full time employees, however the actual recruitment process differs. Not only will you be posting a ‘project’ as opposed to a ‘vacancy’, you will need to post such projects on specialized freelance portals and recruitment sites in order to target the right candidates.

Once you have posted your task or project, you will receive applications for the position, or, depending on the site, you will receive ‘bids’ by a group of freelancers. Bids made by freelancers is the price they charge for the work required. You will then accept a freelancer based on their financial bid and their recommendations.

Below are some additional tips on what to consider when hiring freelancers…

Create a detailed advert for your project: This will ensure that interested parties are fully aware of the deadlines, requirements and resources they will need in order to perform the task.

Assess a fair rate of pay: Depending on the website you advertise your project on, you can either offer a set price for the project, or you can accept ‘bids’ from interested freelancers.

Check reviews: An important aspect of hiring freelancers is to thoroughly check their previous work by requesting to view their portfolio. You should also obtain reviews and recommendations from previous employers.

Be competitive: Although you may be happy with your current freelancer, you should always advertise your projects to ensure you are getting a fair and competitive price according to market fluctuations.

Understand the law: Although not a full time employee, freelancers are still covered by certain labour laws. This means that working hours, rates of pay, discrimination clauses etc apply to freelance workers.

Outline ownership rights: You must state before the project/task is carried out, that the rightful owner of the end product will be your organization and not the freelancer.  

Security: If the task or project that is to be performed by a freelance worker includes sensitive or confidential information, you must be sure that you trust the freelance worker not to disclose any information that could harm the company. Confidentiality agreements can be set up to guarantee no exposing of qualified information.

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