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Hiring a freelancer or outsourcing a job to bolster your productivity is often seen as a risk. What if he doesn’t uphold the values your church hopes to convey? What if he slacks and fails to accomplish what you hired him to do? What if you pay for a design that you just don’t like? Ultimately, these fears are nothing to worry about if you take the time to implement a thorough vetting process.
A number of websites offer pre-vetted freelance professionals with specific skills, such as copywriting, design, social media marketing and SEO. If you are pressed for time, these sites allow you to browse individual profiles with testimonials, samples of work, and hopefully a concise description of the freelancer’s style and area of expertise.
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This can streamline some of the work of finding and comparing freelancers as well as ensure you are dealing with serious professionals. Browse talent pools on sites such as Scripted (writers), Toptal (designers) and CloudPeeps (marketers) to find someone with relevant experience.
You can also use sites like Fiverr (various services) and 99Designs (specific design projects), which are both great for all kinds of projects from simple graphics, to podcast intros, writing, editing and more. With these “value” websites you have to pay a little closer attention to who you choose. Pick freelancers who have completed many successful projects on the platform already. Make sure they are highly rated, and actually read some of the reviews that people have left.
Start - Work - Relationship - Expectations - Freelancer
At the start of your work relationship, you want to be crystal clear about expectations. It’s critical to not only verbalize precisely what you expect from your freelancer, but also ask questions to uncover his or her expectations. This discussion should include the what, when, where and how...
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