31: Hiring Freelancers & How to Not Waste Time and Money

We now live in a freelancer economy.  There are numerous places you can hire and be hired.  Sites like Fiverr.com, Upwork.com and many others.  According to Forbes, “there are 53 million freelancers in America today. By 2020, 50% of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers.”

As a startup hiring freelancers there are some ways to make this process less painful, more streamlined and that ensure you get what you expected and what you paid for.  In this episode, we cover the process we’ve developed over 10 years of working with freelancers around the world.

Are you a freelancer or have you worked with one?  What have you found works and doesn’t work?  Please comment below.

 

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0:00 – Considerations for hiring freelancers like accountants?
1:08 – The good and bad
1:20 – Criteria when choosing a freelancer: ratings, geography
4:00 – Set them up to succeed using penalties & incentives with deadlines
6:05 – When to hire in your hometown vs. internationally
6:30 – Drawbacks of working internationally
7:00 – Building local relationships

 

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Additional reading:

Forbes: “The Rise of the Freelancer”

HuffPost: “What the Rise of the Freelance Economy Means for the Future of Work”

The Economist: “Workers on Tap”

 

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