In the U.S. alone, there are 1.6 million people working in the gig economy. No matter what type of business you own or what industry you’re in, hiring an independent contractor can save you time, money, and a lot of effort. 

But, as with anyone you hire for a job, it’s important to find the right people for your business. Maybe you’re new to a certain industry, like construction or machinery and you need someone here who knows how to operate certain machines. Maybe you own a marketing business but you’re not artistic and you need to hire a designer for a project. 

Whatever the case, it can be beneficial to hire a freelancer or independent contractor. But, you have to know how to hire the right ones to fit your needs. 

With that in mind, let’s look at a few steps you should take to find the right gig workers for your business.

Figure Out the Scope of the Job

Before you consider hiring someone, consider the scope of the work you’re trying to accomplish. This includes what the task actually is, what you expect, what the freelancer will do, milestones they’ll meet along the way, and what the finished project should look like. 

Not only will this help you to “weed out” potential gig workers from the pack, but by sharing it with the person you hire, they’ll have a better idea of what you need and want. As a result, they’re more likely to do the job the right way the first time. 

What Are Your Minimum Qualification Requirements? 

Some independent contractors have branched out on their own after years of working in a specific industry, so they have a lot of experience. Others are just starting out and looking to build up their experience through gigs. 

You have to decide ahead of time what the qualification requirements are going to be for the gig workers you hire. Do you want them to have a college degree? Years of experience? A flexible schedule? A low rate?

Again, determining the minimum qualifications you’re willing to accept will help you to eliminate a lot of applicants right away, leaving you with the ones that meet your qualification standards. 

Narrow It Down to Five Candidates

No matter how many applicants you receive, try to narrow it down to five applicants after going through resumes and cover letters. When you instantly shrink the group of applicants, you can give more focus. Don’t rush yourself through those five applicants. The hiring process can take several weeks, so give yourself time to really decide who fits your needs and who can do the job the way you want it. Candidates should expect to wait and not get an answer right away, so don’t feel like you’re missing out on someone just because you’re taking a while to respond. 

If you have specific jobs that need to get done professionally and with a unique perspective, it’s a good idea to consider hiring from the gig economy, rather than hiring a full-time employee. Be careful and thorough in your hiring process, and you might find an independent contractor you’ll want to come back to again and again.

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