7 steps to successfully hiring your first freelancer
Hiring your first team member can be a daunting experience. Thankfully, startup founders can test the waters by first hiring freelancers or consultants before diving head first into full-time hires. Startups may not have the budget to hire full-timers and incur the latent associated costs of payroll taxes, vacation time, workers comp and health benefits in addition to full time salaries.
Another reason to hire freelancers as a stepping stone to hiring part-time and full-time staff members, is to dip your toes into the talent pool, have the opportunity to learn from your mistakes and pivot before committing to a full-time staff member who may not work out. It’s said that incorrect hires are the most costly expense a company can incur.
New entrepreneurs can test drive the hiring process by working with freelancers to cover numerous functions with in your company. I recently hired my first crop of freelancers to cover most of the functions I needed in my ethical fashion startup. In this article, I share the 7 steps I took to successfully hire my first freelancer- an associate fashion designer.