5 dangers to avoid when working with freelancers

Be transparent with your freelancers and remember to make them feel valued.

It doesn’t matter if you’re starting an entrepreneurship, or if you want to scale your small business, or even if you’re just looking to migrate to a friendlier workplace within your business.

Regardless of the many proven advantages of hiring freelancers, some entrepreneurs and well-established business people still don’t trust remote work.

In other cases, the decision to hire one or more independent professionals is taken without acknowledging the good practices that should be carried out and the frequent errors that should be avoided.

The previous article focused on the eight things businesses should do to successfully adopt the use of freelancing platforms.

This article, based on the same Oxford University study, will focus on the five things businesses should avoid doing when independent workers join projects.

Knowing these details will allow you to have a better experience once you start incorporating them into your frequent collaborators team.

1. Don’t look away from the guarantee of a job well done

There are many tools to ensure engagement, motivation and responsibility from your freelancers.

Among them, you can highlight a thorough check of their references, an open and respectful communication throughout the entire project, and a mutual trust that both parts will impeccably comply with their delivery and payment agreement.

2. Don’t let the lowest price be your selection criteria

Even though the freelance work method is known for helping you save costs, it doesn’t mean that the best alternative is necessarily the cheapest one.

Of course, it’s important to find a collaborator who adapts to your budget, but you also have to consider their experience, the rates they’ve been given, their availability and the rest of their skills.

Do not leave your freelancers unsupervised or change the terms of your agreement without discussing it with them first.

3. Don’t start working without clear expectations from each other

You should never accept a proposal nor start to work if you haven’t given every single specification to the freelancer.

Also, a good freelancer will let you know the tool specifications they need, along with the budget, or the information needed from you in order to deliver to your high expectations.

4. Don’t lose control of tasks

This means that the freelancer’s work should be monitored according to the agreed deadline and that you give feedback at every stage of the project.

It’s also convenient to divide the goal in small, specific and programmed tasks. This lets the process be more organised and effective.

This workflow and the programming may be given by you or you can develop it together, the important thing is that you know what you will receive and when you’ll be receiving it.

5. Don’t add ‘minor details’ that aren’t minor

Be methodical and honest when enlisting and describing the activities to which the freelancer will be agreeing by accepting the project, and stay on that work line, without adding extra tasks as if they were included in the budget.

It’s different asking a freelancer to change a couple of details in a draft, from asking them to add a copy for two new sections that weren’t originally on your site, and to do so for the same price that you agreed on in the beginning.

This is a very common but bad practice that often destroys motivation and trust. Plus, if you work again with that freelancer, they will probably increase their budget, considering that you might ask for extra things along the way.

Giving importance to the dos and don’ts when hiring a freelancer will ensure a good experience for both while ensuring the addition of a valuable ally to your team.

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