Hiring freelancers is never about technical skills. Sure, skills matter and are an absolute necessity, but many times a relationship can fail due to non-skill related issues. Here are the top three questions you need to ask yourself before hiring a freelancer.
- Do I want a creative or disciplined freelancer?
You might think it never matters, but it does. The pros of working with a disciplined freelancer is that you can find them online at predictable times, and check on their work. The cons are usually that these people work a fixed number of hours per day, so they’re not available for emergencies. If you’re under strict deadlines, this is the way to go.
Alternatively, if you prefer someone who can get the job done, then I suggest you get a more flexible freelancers. These are people who are highly creative, work on their own hours, and are available for emergencies anytime. If there is no need to have someone who works at fixed hours, I usually go that route. The downside is that some of those freelancers can go for a few days without working. If you see those signs, it might be the time to start working with someone else.
- Do our communication styles match? This really depends on your style. Are you someone who is online on phone and live chat all day, or are you more of a person who prefers to be contacted via email? I’m more of an email person, since it helps me stay more efficient rather than being interrupted all day. Make sure that your freelancer is someone who understands your communication style and can work with you. It might seem irrelevant, but I have worked with brilliant freelancers who just don’t get it. I ask them to email me, and they keep contacting me via live chat. I guess it has become a second nature for them.
- Are our personalities compatible? Do you click together? Do you find the freelancer you’re interviewing a nice guy/girl? Do you have a similar sense of humor? Under different circumstances, could you be a friend with this person? If so, you have a great working experience ahead. If not, this doesn’t mean that you’ll be unable to work together, but it does mean that you’ll have more explaining to do. Trust me on this one. 🙂
I hope this helps. If you have more tips to add, feel free to do so in the comments box below.