Post a Job. Hire a Freelancer.
So you need a job done, and you’re thinking about hiring a freelancer. Great choice! Lots of people are doing it, and for good reason. Freelance workers are self-motivated, hard-working, and eager to impress clients so they can build their reputation.
But if you’ve never worked with a freelancer before, choosing one might seem a bit overwhelming. Here are nine great tips on how to find the right person for the job.
1. Know what you need in a hire. Before you start advertising the job, make sure you know exactly what it is that you want done.
Are there any special skills or equipment that the hire will need? What category does the job fit into? And don’t forget to think about how much you’re willing to pay.
2. Post the job to Moonlighting. Luckily, this part is easy. Just go to moonlighting.com or download the app, and select “post your job.” Follow the prompt and…that’s it! You’re done.
3. Get connected with a freelancer. Now that you’ve created a path between you and a sea of people who are competing to win your job, just sit back and watch the freelancers come to you. Or, you can search for them using Moonlighting’s handy filters.
4. Take your pick. There are more than 200,000 people using Moonlighting, and because more people are turning to freelancing every day, that number is only going to grow. With so many options to choose from, you’re bound to find the perfect fit for your job.
5. Use reviews and references. Moonlighting has this great feature that allows job-posters to rate the people they’ve hired. If there aren’t any ratings, you can always ask for a reference. Not everyone will have experience and references, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.
6. Experience matters…sometimes. When you’re looking to hire, it’s easy to associate someone’s experience with their level of skill. If you need, say, your car engine worked on, it’s definitely a good idea to find someone with a few years under their belt.
However, you shouldn’t discredit someone just because they’re newer to the scene. There are plenty of capable, motivated workers out there who just need someone to give them a shot. They may even try harder to impress you than a seasoned candidate would.
7. Clarify your contact information. If you prefer phone calls over texts, don’t be afraid to mention it. If you know you can’t be reached on weekdays before 5pm, say so. Do whatever you need to do to make sure that, if and when your freelancer needs to get in touch, they can. Which brings me to a very important tip…
8. Communication is SUPER important. When you contact a freelancer, try your hardest to clearly explain exactly what it is you need done. Once they respond, ask yourself if they did a good job at communicating back to you.
Did they answer all of your questions? Do you feel confident that everyone is on the same page? A small miscommunication can lead to a big mistake, which is why communication is vital on both ends.
9. Got it? Good. Now get stuff done! If you’re ready to get a job done, head over to the website and get started. We’re excited that you’re joining the community!