How to hire reliable freelancers remotely
Most employers have come to their senses and have noticed the benefit of hiring freelancers. The advantages of hiring freelancers are you do not require a physical office, you do not need to pay them a fixed salary whether you make them work or not and you can end the contract with them when the project is done. Freelancers compete for gigs, so the talent pool is stronger along with them being more productive.
The process of hiring fixed salary employees and freelancers are different. A freelancer needs to be self-driven, proactive along with being a great communicator.
All of these skills are difficult to find out in a remote hiring process. Unless the process is designed to find out the best freelancers to work on your project. Below we discuss a few steps which will help you hire the right freelancer:
Writing a thorough job description
Written communication is key when hiring freelancers remotely. Creating a detailed job description that mentions everything you want in the project helps freelancers to understand what you want. Then mention the skills required for your job. This will let the candidates know if they are the right fit or not.
Make sure to clarify in your job posting the task you want to be done and the freelancer will need to do.
Adding sample screening
Adding sample screening in your job description will help you shortlist the right candidates. The freelancing market is competitive and you will get a lot of applications for your job post.
To help you choose the right candidate, attach some screening questions which are relevant to the job. The freelancers who answer the questions correctly will move to the next screening process.
Full time or part-time
You need to mention whether you want the freelancer to work full-time or part-time. You can hire fixed price freelancers depending on your project. Whether full-time or part-time, mention the hours you require them to work on the project. Hiring remote there could be a difference in a time zone so make sure to mention the work-time to clear any confusion beforehand.
Assembling a hiring team
Assembling a hiring team is important if you are looking to hire freelancers to work on a specific project for your company. If the freelancer will work with your company, employees ask them to be a part of the hiring process.
If you’d like to hire salespeople, for instance, partner with recruitment services under whom the freelancers will be working, this makes the process of choosing the right person for the job easier. Plus, it gives the team leader the satisfaction of owning their freelancers.
Asking the right questions
Asking the right questions is very important when hiring a freelancer. The questions you ask will determine what type of freelancer you will be hiring. These questions could be asked face to face or via email. But it is important to ask them these questions.
The questions you will ask the candidates will depend on the project you want them to work on. Ask them if they have experience working on similar projects. If the answer is yes, ask them to explain what they did.
It is important to ask the right follow-up questions because that way you will be able to determine whether the freelancer is good at what they do or not.
Ask them about their motivation
Motivation and drive for a freelancer are very important. You need to understand why the person is in the freelance market. Ask them why they are choosing to freelance over traditional jobs? The answer to this question will help you find good freelancers.
Taking the help of a PEO
If you want to hire freelancers to expand your business globally, we recommend you hire them through Global PEO, or any other PEO services provider. One of the main advantages of hiring through a PEO is you get your business established sooner compared to if you got your business registered there. The PEO will handle all the employee needs and provide the legal facilities necessary.