Hiring a Freelancer? Here’s How to Get the Most Out of the Relationship

Not sure where to start? Here are tips from a successful freelancer.

Anna Burgess Yang
ILLUMINATION

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If you’re not quite ready for a full-time hire, freelancers can fill a specific need within your growing company.

Collaboration is critical for an effective freelancer relationship. You can’t hand something over to a freelancer and expect the exact result you have in mind without communication and treating the freelancer as a part of your team.

But a client-freelancer relationship is different from an employer-employee relationship. Freelancers are running their own small business (even if it’s a business of one!) and are often working with multiple clients.

Even though freelancers aren’t employees, you can treat the relationship like a partnership. Freelancers should be invested in your success, because that means they’ve done their job — and can hopefully form a long-term working arrangement.

If you want the most out of your freelancer, you have to clearly identify what you’re looking for, find the right freelancer, and then treat the freelancer as both a part of your team and an independent professional.

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Anna Burgess Yang
ILLUMINATION

Freelance Writer. Practical Tips for Solopreneurs. Career pivots are fun. 🎉 https://start.annabyang.com/