Working as a freelancer can be a lucrative and rewarding experience, however, there’s one point at which your workload will be far greater than your capacities. For some, this may be an ideal scenario seeing as how you’ll always have enough work and, for the first time, even a chance to choose clients. Nonetheless, for others, this is more of a new opportunity than the endgame. What this means is that you can start hiring others to either help you out or do some of your work. In other words, you’re starting your own freelance team, your own freelance business. Here are several tips for easier management.
First of all, you need to make a decision of whether you’ll hire someone who does the same tasks you do in order to be able to work more/longer or if you want to hire someone to help you unlock new opportunities in the industry. For instance, you might want to hire a skilled designer in order to help you with the creation of infographics or someone who’s a great video editor. In this way, you’ll also diversify the scope of content formats that you dabble in so that you can get access to more clients or get paid more.
You would be surprised just how many people believe that freelancing is A) easy and B) something they can just wing. This is why you need to be very specific about what you need when writing a job description. This way, you’ll give your potential employees a much better chance to be honest about whether or not they’re qualified for the job. Of course, the odds are that some will still try to fake or wing it, which is why you shouldn’t just take their word for it but compose an extensive vetting process, as well.
Another thing you need to understand is the fact that freelancers aren’t always exclusive to freelancing platforms. Instead, you can look for various recruitment agencies and services to collaborate with. In some cases, this will allow you to expand your talent pool by focusing on those who aren’t usually in these markets. For instance, you can look for an agency specialized in disability employment services in order to look for additional recruitment sources.
If you have four people in your team (other than you), the last thing you want is to communicate with the first via emails, the second via Skype, the third via Facebook messenger and the fourth one through Viber. This is impractical and it complicates the communication between these four individuals as well (provided that there is one). This is why you need to standardize your tools of communication. It’s completely fine to choose any of the methods listed above or opt for something else, something that your partners aren’t using for private conversations. This could help facilitate communication within the team and keep all of the business-related discourse in one place.
The next important thing you need to keep in mind is the prospect of hiring and training an individual. Now, this is somewhat risky but it is also incredibly rewarding if you manage to pull it off. Instead of looking for a professional, someone whose skills are already in demand, why wouldn’t you look for someone without any experience and train them? This will make it easier for you to ensure their loyalty (which is fairly hard to achieve in the world of freelancers) and make sure that you mold them in agreement with the needs of your business/clients.
The last thing you need to understand when it comes to running a freelance team is the fact that you need to take a bit more democratic approach to this whole situation. Namely, you can’t be as authoritarian as a standard office boss or manager in a large corporation would be. Instead, you need to give your team some freedom and autonomy. On the other hand, you’re still the one making the deals and imposing the deadlines and regardless of the fact that you’re somewhat equal, it’s your reputation that’s on the line. This is why your word needs to be final.
The reason why these six suggestions are pivotal is due to the fact that they’ll make running your business more systemic, which makes it easier to make your business scalable. Nonetheless, the strongest feature of all these methods lies in the fact that they’re great both short- and long-term.
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