You have decided to hire some freelancers for your business. The question that you’re concerned about is how to manage freelancers once you’ve hired them. Meeting them in person is highly unlikely; they’re not sitting at a desk at your company, and you don’t have formal authority over them. They won’t receive bonuses and receive company perks either, so how do you keep their interests peaked about the job?
Freelancers are different
Freelancers are different than your regular employees. They don’t need to be supervised as much as your onsite employee. However, that doesn’t mean that you need to be completely hands off either. You want their best output, and if you work well together, you want them to work with you again too. Also, a freelancer has the same value to themselves as a person who’s on your staff full-time. So, they appreciate being treated as valued.
What does a freelancer want?
When deciding on what freelancer to choose to work for you, there are some questions you might want to ask. For instance, find out why they decided to bid on your project. The answer could be that they enjoy the work you’re offering. Or it could lead to them developing new skills, or it could even just be the money that you’re paying them. Once you understand what they’re looking for, be sure to give it to them where practical.
However, you also need to be specific about what you’re expecting from them. You should draw up a detailed statement then that explains what you want from them and when the due date is for work submitted. You should also give them the context of what the goals are for the specific project and why what they’re doing is important; and where it fits in over the overall scheme of things. You don’t have to go overboard on a one-time project, but if it is going to be long-term, these aspects are important.
Another important point is not to make the interactions merely transactions with long-term hires. So, it shouldn’t be that you just tell them what you want from them; they send it to you, and that’s the end of it. Ask a few questions about what they enjoy outside of work, some questions about family or even just wishing them a great weekend. A little personal touch goes a long way to establishing an ongoing working relationship.
Too, freelancers like to work with employers who treat them like people and not just faceless computer screens. If the freelancer is within your area and you’ve established a relationship, invite them to a team lunch, or an important meeting. The more they feel connected to your business, the more likely that you’ll have successful ventures together.
One important point is that freelancers are freelancing because they don’t want to be micromanaged also. If you find that you do have to micromanage your freelancer, then look for another one. If you wanted to micromanage, after all, you’d have hired an in the office writer.
In addition, a freelancer should be able to get the job completed with some questions that are to the point. Their schedules are flexible so you need to be too. They most likely have other commitments; it’s unlikely that you’re their only client.
Other points about freelancers are that they don’t need a formal review like your other employees. Feedback is important because it will strengthen the relationship and even improve performance though. Freelancers like to make their client happy also. That is how they get paid. If you don’t tell them there’s an issue then, it won’t be fixed. In addition, review their contracts occasionally to make sure that all the points are being covered in their work also. If they’re doing a good job and are on point, let them know it. If there’s a problem, let them know that too.
Pay them what they’re worth also. A freelancer doesn’t mean cheap labor or a person who’s desperate for work. It means that the person knows that they can do the job; do it well, and that they’re worth the money which is being paid. Sometimes a freelancer will come down a bit in price if the work is going to be long-term too.
A freelancer is a person who has a business and takes the risk of running it for the flexibility and freedom it brings. Some rarely work regular hours and prefer to work odd hours; hours which fit into their schedules. If you hire a freelancer, this can be beneficial for your business.