Often it makes sense for a business to hire a freelancer rather than a full-time employee to meet ad-hoc requirement and skip several administrative and hiring hurdles. Working with a freelancer is also a wonderful opportunity to get some real quality work done at lower costs and establish a beneficial relationship.

However, there are too many freelancers competing for a limited supply of jobs which leaves you wondering as to which one to hire! We have chalked out a reasonable checklist for you to tick off before hiring your freelancer:

Set Expectations

Be clear about what you need. Communicate the same to your potential candidate. Submit as many details as possible about your work, timelines, skills expected and benchmarks. This not only gives a clearer picture to the freelancer before he starts his work but also helps track progress when broken into smaller steps.

If you don’t know what you want, it is unfair to expect the freelancer to deliver beyond expectations.

Open Communication

Most often than not, your freelancer is half way across the world, in a different time zone and probably even speaking a different language. Make sure your candidate is clear and transparent about communicating with you about progress, developments and unforeseen delays.

Continuous flow of communication may hinder project timelines. So be clear and find a freelancer who is open to communicating regularly.

Check Portfolio

Don’t fall for a cheaper price. Many freelancers compete to win your project by quoting astonishingly low prices. Justify the same by asking for a candidate’s previous works and portfolios. If the freelancer is really professional and confident about his work, he should have no issue sharing his works.

You need someone who can actually execute your project and not just brag about calling it a piece of cake. No portfolio, no hiring.

Ask for References

Your project is crucial and if required, do not hesitate to ask for references. Particularly, old clients who have already got work done by your guy. Sharing these details shouldn’t be a big deal for your freelancer if he is truly capable and genuine.

Some freelancers would like to maintain client confidentiality which is ok. In such a case, validate their portfolio.

Pay only when done

Never make the mistake of paying upfront to a freelancer as he will lose all motivation to complete your job on time. Always pay up on successful completion of your project. If you are using an online platform, place your money in escrow and release it only when you are satisfied with the work.

This checklist should help you identify the right freelancer for your project and also protect the interests of both parties in play. Good luck finding your candidate!