Looking for potential freelance talent is more than just looking through an online profile. Companies need to look at more than just relevant experience and past projects, but also the traits that help teams succeed. Like communications, curiosity, and ability to learn.
As a freelancer myself, our cohort is easy to understand. We simply want the ability to showcase our skills by partnering with clients who make us an extended part of their team and help them solve problems.
Flexibility is the main reason why people choose to freelance. So companies should offer flexible hours and projects that align with their skills. Use freelancers to fill gaps not covered by your FTE’s.
But don’t micromanage your consultants. Give them a project and let them go.
Be clear about your specific goals for the project so they know exactly what you want. The last thing they want to hear on a kickoff call is an unprepared plan and confusion about the project.