Are you setting yourself up to be disappointed when searching for a freelancer?
Freelancers are often brought in either as a last resort or to fulfill a particular requirement.
Something I hear a lot is “if I’m paying this much for someone, I don’t want to compromise.”
This approach can often lead to a very comprehensive and rigid list of “must-have” skills.
We’ve all seen the Job Specs shared on LinkedIn. “This is a department of developers, not one single person, etc.”
In my experience, the most successful freelance searches are conducted when the hiring manager is able to boil those requirements down to a maximum of 3 ESSENTIAL SKILLS and a series of BENEFICIAL SKILLS.
It allows access to a larger % of the market and gives you the chance to review a broader range of candidates whilst making a judgement based on their individual merits.
Do you agree?