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Ten Tips on Hiring and Working with Freelancers

Your business has been growing and you’ve now reached the point where you need additional help. But you aren’t ready to go through the hassle or expense of hiring full-time employees. One option is to outsource as much work as possible to freelancers. // repost

Following are 10 tips for finding talented freelancers and setting them up as part of your team.

Search for talent online. If you’re looking to hire freelance help, the Internet is a great place to start. Start with useful sites like Elance and Craigslist, which allow you to post project descriptions in category-specific areas and then receive résumés from a pool of eager professionals.

Tap into your network. Another good place to find talented freelancers is through your professional network. A word-of-mouth recommendation is a freelancer’s best marketing tool. Ask associates or other business owners for some good recommendations.

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Clearly define the project’s scope and schedule. To avoid any confusion, especially if your freelancer will be working remotely, it’s critical to outline the project’s scope, provide clear guidelines, and set deadlines for its completion.

Negotiate ownership of the work upfront. Draft a legal document stating that all work completed belongs to you, the business owner, and have the freelancer sign it. (Here is a sample freelance Writer Agreement.) A good guideline is to pay no more than 20 to 30 percent of the total project price upfront, with the rest of the payments awarded based on the completion of three or four key project milestones.

Critique their work thoroughly and often. Just because your freelancer is a hired gun doesn’t mean they’ll do a good job. Evaluate freelancers as you would any full-time employee. That means reviewing portfolios and samples thoroughly prior to contracting them, and reviewing their work in stages to avoid being disappointed if they turn in poor work at the project’s end.
Match your needs to their experience. You want freelancers who have concrete experience that fits your needs. Look for those freelancers who have worked on projects in the past that are similar to what they will be doing for you.

Don’t make a decision based on price alone. Don’t choose a freelancer based solely on price. Sure, you may find a designer willing to build your Web site for half the price of a more experienced person, but odds are the finished project will also be noticeably less professional.

Know your tax obligations. If a worker is classified as an independent contractor or freelancer, that person is considered to be in business for himself. You are not responsible for withholding taxes from their wages nor are you responsible for paying certain payroll taxes on their behalf. (However, be extremely careful to follow the law regarding how you treat an independent contractor, as failure to properly classify a contractor can end up costing you money. Read A Test for Determining Contractor Status for more information.)

Realize you are not the only client. One of the disadvantages of independent contractors is that they aren’t dedicated solely to you and your project. If they have a deadline on another client’s project or need to travel for business, they may not be immediately accessible.

Protect your assets. Another disadvantage to hiring talented freelancers is the risk of them cutting out the middleman (you) and absconding with your clients. Protect your assets by making all freelancers sign a non-competition agreement that prohibits them from soliciting similar work from the same client for a specific period of time. Read Should I Have My Workers Sign Non-Compete Agreements? for more information.

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Master Your Employee Relations

Employee Relations involves the body of work concerned with maintaining employer-employee relationships that contribute to satisfactory productivity, motivation, and morale.

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State Employment Guide

LPHR’s State Employment Guide contains information for individual job seekers looking to find employment or develop their professional skills.  Employers can also connect directly with talent to find potential candidates to fill their most pressing job openings.
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State by State Business + Tax Resource Guide

Each state has a Taxation + Revenue Division for businesses to  administer the State’s tax laws uniformly, equitably, and efficiently   to maximize State revenues to support public services.

They each ensure that voluntary compliance within the taxing statutes is achieved without being an impediment to economic growth.

Many of these offer free electronic newsletters and publish articles on their websites.

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Tips for HR Managers: Promote National Stress Awareness Month

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Take time to unwind…

It’s healthy to relax, renew, and rejuvenate…

Stress happens. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, at times it’s unbearable. That’s why taking time for yourself is a necessity.

Combat Your Stress

With National Stress Awareness Month approaching, remember to take the time to combat your stress.  HR Professionals can promote Stress Awareness in the workplace with themed recognition items or events throughout the month of April.  Partner with local Health Counselors to educate your organization about Stress, in the workplace and throughout individual personal lives.  If employees suffer from chronic stress and believe they can’t influence or change the situation, this presents you with the opportunity to help change their approach.   Work with them to identify areas of stress and help them be willing to be flexible. Remember, everyone has the ability to choose their response to stressors, and there are various options your workplace can try together.

There are a number of cost effective, fun items any Human Resource Department can incorporate into their recognition themed events or pieces.  Some companies understand the impact stress can have on their overall bottom line performance.  Other organizations enjoy taking opportunities to be actively involved in the lives of their employees or their local communities.  National Stress Awareness Month is a great opportunity for HR to partner with Marketing (department or efforts) to have the company logo custom imprinted on promotional products.

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Depending on your resources to allocate towards recognizing National Stress Awareness Month – or your office/workplace setting, HR Managers can also arrange for local chiropractors that offer to come into the office to educate groups of associates and offer free massages to your employees.  Other ideas to partner with local small businesses include partnering with local health, nutrition, wellness or yoga clinics.  Yelp is a great App/Website to use to help you get started and find out what nearby options you have.

Some other resources HR or Marketing Departments can utilize to promote Stress Awareness include:

Here are some tips about stress to help educate your company leadership for promoting awareness:

  • Recognize when you don’t have control, and let it go.
  • Don’t get anxious about situations that you cannot change.
  • Take control of your own reactions, and focus on what makes you feel calm and in control. This may take some practice, but it pays off in peace of mind.
  • Develop a vision for healthy living, wellness, and personal- professional growth.
  • Set realistic goals to help you realize your vision.

Relax and Recharge

Be sure to make time for fun and relaxation so you’ll be better able to handle life’s stressors. Encourage employees to carve some time out of the day – even 10 to 15 minutes – to take care of themselves. Also, remember that exercise is an excellent stress reliever.  Less stressed employees make up a more productive organization.

Everyone is different, and so are the ways they like to relax and unwind. Here are some ideas to promote in your HR and Company Communications throughout the next month:

  • Take a walk
  • Read a book
  • Go for a run
  • Have a cup of tea
  • Play a sport
  • Spend time with a friend or loved one
  • Meditate (learn how in the sidebar)
  • Do yoga

While you can’t avoid stress, you can minimize it by changing how you choose to respond to it. The ultimate reward for your efforts is a healthy, balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun.

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