When you go to sites like Freelancer or Elance, and you are willing to post a project, you should look for the best freelancer. Someone that assures you that your project will be completed just as you want, but this is sometimes difficult and getting a mediocre work can be frustrating, in this article we will talk about how to avoid this.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, these sites allow people to “work from home”, here you can find anything from homegrown translators to professional designers. Most of the people go here to look for a little job they can complete in their free time, but there is another side of the coin, the other half is composed of the people posting the need of a project to be completed, if you are from this second type, or just want to learn a little more on how this sites work, read on.
First and foremost, you need to make your profile attractive, even if you are a client and not an employee, when you post a project, everyone will be able to see you profile picture along with the verifications, and amount of projects you have done in said site. If you are not verified what so ever it may cause skepticism among your potential employees and as an effect you may lose that perfect candidate you strive for, so verifying and getting all of those boxes checked is the first step.
Next, it is time to post your project be clear and specific, and set a real price range, be sure about what you expect and your budget, with this you will eliminate people that either take too long, or ask for way too much money.
Now that you have done this, it is time for the fun part, when the bids arrive it is up to your criteria to select who is the most fitting for the job, my personal recommendation as an experienced freelancer, narrow it down into three or four candidates, with this done, go to each profile and eliminate some if necessary, after you are done send a private message the remaining ones and talk about the project, make sure they match your expectations. Be sure to never ignore the new users, as these people may offer you a better price, and if they are professional and expect to get more work, they will try to impress you by going the extra mile.
Lastly, award the project and create a milestone with the accorded price, when the project is done feel free to ask for corrections, or give any suggestions you have to the employee, and when you are happy, release the payment.
When you are done, you will have the chance to rate the freelancer, be truthful, but also consider that we are all humans and that it’s natural if he/she makes any small mistakes.
Without anything to add, go on and get your project done!