Long-term projects can be a holy grail for freelancers, but only when there is enough money and instruction to benefit them. Here's a few ways to approach a freelancer about the job at hand, so you have a better chance of getting them on board.
Start With the Payment Information
Arguably the most important part of freelancing, a payrate allows a freelancer to determine if the project is worth his time. For example, if you want to hire someone who works for .06 per word, you may need to consider how much that project will be valued to the freelancer. If the freelancer typically works for .03 per word, your project will look very promising, while a freelancer who works for .12 per word will see it as a pay cut.
Discuss the Project Thoroughly
The next thing to do with the freelancer you want to hire is to discuss the full scope of the project. Freelancers don't like surprises, as they can take up more of their precious time. Talk about things like the expected deadlines, word count expectations, and layouts or formatting you want. Know ahead of time the styleguide that you want to use.
Provide a Freelancer Contract
Contracts protect you and the freelancer. One thing freelancers worry about is doing a lot of work and then getting stiffed on the pay. Create a contract that discusses exactly when the freelancer will be paid and what happens in the case that you don't make a payment on time. Having this in writing and signed makes a freelancer more likely to sign on to your project.
With these tips, you should be able to approach the right freelancer who appreciates your job opportunity. It may take some time to find the right person, but when you do, the job will get done better with the right basics covered before you start. Call us at Artisan Talent to find the right talent for your project.