Kicking Off the Project, Managing Performance, and Resolving Conflicts
Working with freelancers is an excellent way to get quality work done. However, managing freelancers effectively requires a different approach than managing full-time employees. In this article, we'll outline three steps to help you manage freelancers effectively.
1. Kick off the project:
The first step in managing freelancers is to kick off the project. This involves two main aspects: the contract and onboarding. The confirmation of the project is cemented once both parties have signed the contract, and now the work can begin. Once the contract is signed, go over the objectives, scope, and deliverables of the project again with your freelancer, and confirm that they understand what is expected from them. It is critical here that you and the freelancer are on the same page. Once you have the details sorted, decide on a working schedule that works for both of you, including personal or public holidays that are coming up for you or the freelancer.
2. Manage Performance:
The second step is to manage the freelancer's performance. This involves two main aspects: weekly revision of the freelancer's timesheet and sharing continuous feedback with the freelancer. At the end of every week, it is important to revise and approve the freelancer's timesheet. This helps keep track of the effort, deliverables, and the progress of the project. Be sure to share your feedback continuously with the freelancer as this will allow the work to be done more efficiently. Both positive and constructive feedback should be shared as it will increase productivity and ensure the success of the project in the end.
3. Resolve Conflicts:
The third step is to resolve conflicts. This is a vital aspect of working with a freelancer. If and when any issue arises, it is important to address it at the earliest. This will help both of you to stick to the defined timeline of the project without wasting any time on changes at delivery.
In conclusion, managing freelancers effectively requires a different approach than managing full-time employees. By following the steps outlined above, you can ensure that you manage freelancers effectively and get the best results for your project. Kicking off the project, managing the freelancer's performance, and resolving conflicts are crucial to ensuring the success of your project.
If you're interested in learning more about working with freelancers, be sure to check out “Closing off a Project with a Freelancer” for further insights and tips!