Would you like help on your projects, but you’re not sure how to start? Follow this quick-start guide and you’ll be getting more work done with skilled freelancers in no time.
Step 1—Sign Up
If you haven’t already, sign up to be a client on Upwork.
Remember, your profile’s as much of an ad to attract freelancers as their profiles are designed to attract you. So create a good profile—and don’t be afraid to toss some humor into it if that’s your personality.
STEP 2—POST A JOB
Do you know what work you need done?
If yes, then post your job. For tips, check out
If no, then get a jump start with these quick reads
How to write a job post
- Tips on how to write an awesome job post
- Hiring resources by a specific skill (i.e., mobile developer, customer support, graphic designer, etc).
How to price a project
- Should you choose fixed price or hourly for your project?
- 5 tips for determining how much to pay a freelancer
Step 3—Review Proposals
Once you post a job, Upwork’s system often gives you a head start by sending a shortlist of possible freelancers. We use data science to highlight talent based on their skills and your job post. You can invite these freelancers to submit a proposal and search for other freelancers too.
After reviewing all your submissions, invite the finalists to interview.
For sample interview questions, and answers to look for, be sure to check out the hiring guides. You’ll also get tips on how to identify—and hire—the ideal freelancer.
Many companies use video interviews in their hiring process to gain a better sense of the freelancer. Especially since it may be the only time you’ll ever “meet” the remote worker. For tips, check out these 9 tips for conducting video interviews like a pro. During the interview, keep in mind the 4 traits to look for when hiring remote workers.
STEP 5—GET STARTED
After you select the winning freelancer, simply click “hire” on their proposal and create the contract offer. That’s it! They’re ready to start working.
For ultimate ease, you can share documents and communicate via Upwork. And securely pay the freelancer with one click of your mouse.
If working with freelancers is new, you may want to check out: The Right Way to Delegate and Get Awesome Results.
Remember, we’ve always got your back. You can find detailed answers to any questions via our support center. And check out the Hiring Headquarters for more tips on growing your business with freelance help.
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