The Oxford University of companies carried out a survey and concluded that there is a 26% increase in outsourcing remote projects on freelance platforms.
Most of these companies claim that hiring freelancers is a key strategy for staying competitive. Here are seven key points to determine the success of a project with a team of freelancers.
1. Decide which tasks you can delegate
You don’t need an employee to be physically present to perform a variety of tasks. Many of these tasks can be performed on a computer with good internet connectivity.
2. Train your new freelancers
When a new worker joins you either on a temporary, permanent or freelance basis, it is always important to offer them comprehensive training to know the objectives and processes that they will be working with.
Training offers a lot of advantages so do organise introductory sessions where you can explain the practical details of the project and the philosophy of the company.
3. Find freelancers with added value
Good freelancers always come with added bonuses when it comes to their work. They offer more solutions, do more than agreed, give timely suggestions and show real interest in the growth of the company. Identify the added values in them before you hire them on your team. Some of them are:
- Experienced in different projects
- Positive feedback from previous clientele
- Offers extra benefits in their proposal
- Has additional skills which may interest you in the future
4. Promote a sense of community
A sense of community motivates your staff to feel engaged and be part of a team. Good community spirit can be achieved through group dynamics, games, introductions and flexible collaborations which allow and encourage exchanges of viewpoints.
5. Create a safe platform for innovation
It is always appropriate to tell a remote worker what purpose and goals they need to achieve rather than show them how to do so via a step-by-step procedure. Everything is subject to improvement and freelancers tend to be experts at reaching their goals efficiently through their own means. Allow plenty of room for creativity, experimentation and some mistakes too without serious consequences.
6. Build a good feedback culture
Good feedback brings about many advantages – you save time, money, resources and keep your partners motivated and stay on top of their game. A good feedback culture has three main components:
- The right moment
- The right channel
- The right manner
It’s better to divide work into stages and offer feedback upon completion so that you can correct mistakes and continue to improvise.
7. Search for support and guarantee
Whenever you work with remote partners, get the necessary support and guarantees for the investment you’re about to make.