How to Manage Freelancers Effectively
February 1, 2016
February 1, 2016
It’s one thing looking for the right team of freelancers; it’s something else to ensure smooth flow of projects. Collaboration with remote teams is usually a hard thing to come by. It’s because it calls for a new kind of leadership; it calls for complete trust, and it requires you to be meticulously organized.
Managing with freelancers requires clearly defined roles, tasks, and project delivery planning. Here are a few project collaboration tools that work really well to manage your remote teams and projects:
Use Project Collaboration tools
The first thing you’d need when it comes to managing your team of freelancers and your projects is a project management tool or a project collaboration tool.
You’d need a way to delegate projects, assign team members, assign delivery dates, and manage work (along with attachments, files, and documents) that relate to your projects. You have plenty of options with project collaboration tools such as Asana, BaseCamp, and many others.
This is a critical first step. Find a project management tool that works for you.
Develop processes before hand
You’d need your freelancers to be on the same page you are on. You’d need a way to ensure that whatever is being worked on follows a process that can be followed by absolutely anyone on your team.
You can’t expect freelancers to understand your vision or follow your way of working by just briefing them up with a one pager. Make a recording of the exact process or create workflows and document them.
Provide feedback constantly
Without feedback, your freelancers will be trudging along in a dark tunnel. Your constant feedback – when given well – works to improve your freelancers’ work and gets them aligned to your projects and vision.
With a two-way communication early on, you’d not only open up more to your freelancers, but also get a great feedback mechanism in place.
Train Your Freelancers
Mostly, the freelancers who’ll end up being a part of your team are already experienced. Yet, no business is built equal. Every business is unique and this means that your freelancers will need more than casual briefing. In some cases, they’d need all out training.
Use many of the available video training services to engage in regular training before-hand. Doing so helps your freelancers improve on their own skills, give you exactly what you need, and add value to your organization.