Deciding you need to put together a team of freelancers can be the next step in taking your business to the next level. Choosing the right freelancers is a task that requires careful consideration as these are people that will be working on vital aspects of your project. So what do you need to consider when trying to put together a team of freelancers? Here are some steps you need to take to make sure that you effectively put together your team of freelancers.
- Break down the jobs you need to be done
The first thing you need to do is to ensure you know what exactly you need the freelancer(s) to do. You have decided you need a social media manager, but what exactly do you want them to do? Is it your Instagram that needs work or do you need someone to focus more on your Twitter? Do you need someone with strong copywriting skills or does your brand need a more visually oriented freelancer?
When you answer questions like these, you give yourself the chance to pick the right fit for your needs. Make sure that you clearly break down your needs and include them in your brief so that you attract freelancers that are a good fit. Without a proper breakdown of the job that needs to be done, you run the risk of building a team that isn’t really capable of executing the tasks at hand.
- Try to know the freelancers better
If you are going to be working with someone, it is important to get to know them better. The interview process that you will have with your potential freelancers should help you to know them better. During the interview process, ask questions that help you understand who the freelancers are as individuals. This will help you determine how the freelancers fit into the general culture of your business.
A lot of interview processes tend to place more focus on the skillset that a freelancer possesses but a well put together portfolio should be able to do that part. When you speak to the freelancers directly, ask questions that help you determine if they will fit into the business well. You will spend a lot of time working with them and that time will pass better if their character is in line with the general culture in your business.
- Communicate your vision
Across the board, employees are better at their jobs when they buy into the vision of the business they are working for. There is a tendency to treat freelancers like they are passing through and as a result, they are usually denied access to some important information about the business. However, this affects their ability to execute their duties to the best of their abilities as they have limited knowledge about where you want to go.
Make the freelancers you hire feel like they are an integral part of your team by sharing your business’ vision with them. Your vision should clearly communicate your goals so that anyone who is joining your team will be able to buy into it and help you work towards your goals. The freelancers you hire may be able to extract more from your vision and help your business grow further.
By taking these steps, you give yourself a better chance of hiring freelancers that are best for the jobs that you need to be done. Make sure you find time to get to know the freelancers better to ensure they are a good fit for your company culture. Have a clear breakdown of the job you need to be done so you can be sure you are hiring freelancers that have the right skill set for what you need. By paying attention to the small details you create an environment that allows your project to flourish.