You’re a business or organization in need of design work. You don’t want to bring in an in-house designer, but from time to time you’d love to have an awesome go-to freelancer that knows your business and your taste.
But how do you know a great freelancer when you meet one? What traits does a great freelancer have?
Traits of a Great Freelancer
Whether you contact a potential freelancer via phone, Skype, or email, use this list to determine if you’ve found a keeper.
- Is Simple to Contact. A great freelancer makes it easy to get in touch and is up-front about their availability.
- Has Professional Communication Skills. A great freelancer establishes credibility with a confident pitch, a clear voice, and written correspondence free of spelling errors and grammar mistakes.
- Asks Questions. A great freelancer takes the time to learn about your company, your project, and your vision.
- Sets and Meets Deadlines. A great freelancer sets specific deadlines and meets them, even if it’s just returning a phone call. (Example: I’ll email you a quote no later than Wednesday. And then they follow through.)
- Uses a Contract. A great freelancer protects both parties by drafting a contract stipulating the project’s scope, time frame, and costs (at the minimum).
- Will Explain the Process. A great freelancer understands that you may not be familiar with the process of creating your project and will, upon inquiry, happily explain their method of doing business.
Last But Not Least…
You should be comfortable with your freelancer. No matter how awesome a freelancer appears to be, you’ve got to feel like they’re a great fit for you and your company.
Join the conversation – leave a comment below! What traits did I miss? What do you look for in a great freelancer?