4 Tips for Managing Freelancers

In a perfect scenario, your business is always efficient and productive. But when there’s excess work to be completed and your current full-time employees are swamped with a never-ending to-do list, it would be a miracle to complete that long list of fluctuating tasks.

From both financial and productivity perspectives, hiring freelancers could greatly benefit your business. While companies typically don’t have formal authority over freelancers, many marketing and IT companies are finding their services invaluable.

But when those freelancers are taking advantage of flexible schedules and working away from your office, it can be tough to properly manage them. Check out these 4 tips for managing freelancers:

1. Set expectations

While your freelancers might have expectations for you, it’s critical you set your expectations for them, too. Many might already be familiar with the expectations you have, but it never hurts to review them again. Talk to your freelancers about deadlines, meeting goals and what they can expect from working with your company. Ask them what they hope to get out of the arrangement — it’s good to review intentions so you can better understand where they’re coming from. It’s also a good idea to go over your company style, brand and voice so they remain consistent with your business.  

2. Build the relationship

Don’t let your relationships with freelancers fall into monotony. Instead of relying on them to hand over a few content pieces and stay on top of your website issues every month, get to know them. Ask them about their family and their interests. They’ll likely appreciate the effort and feel more connected to your company.

3. Give feedback

If you’re happy with their work, tell them. If you’re not pleased with their results, tell them. Feedback is priceless and will benefit both of you in the long run. They’ll have a better idea of what you’re looking for, and you’ll be more content with the end result.

4. Use collaboration tools

When freelancers are working off-site, it’s critical to maintain adequate communication. Be sure to include freelancers on email lists while also inviting them to appropriate meeting and office activities. Even though they don’t work in your office, they’ll appreciate feeling like part of the team.  

Are you looking to hire freelancers? Celarity has been been placing qualified candidates with companies in the Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan area since 1993. We’re dedicated to building strong relationships with our clients based on professionalism and passion. Contact us today to learn more or to find talent!

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