The 7 commandments of managing freelancers

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More and more Entrepreneurs need to depend on Freelancers to get work done. Specially if you need expertise and skills that you cannot afford to have on your team full time. And in my experience several times, you would get the best talent that way. However how does one get them to be at their best and engage meaningfully with your organisation? Here is a well thought through yet simple do's and don'ts on how to engage freelancers.

When people work for you, you want to do right by them. But the rules and expectations are different when you’re managing a freelancer who isn’t fully employed by your company. How do you best motivate someone who you don’t have formal authority over? How do you keep them interested and excited about the work when they don’t get perks like bonuses or benefits? Should you give them performance reviews so they know where they stand?

 

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY

Many managers assume that they don’t need to tend to freelancers as much as they do regular employees—and there’s some truth to that, says Dan Pink, author of Free Agent Nation and Drive. “The relationship is often less fraught, less hierarchical, and doesn’t come with the same expectations,” he explains. But .....

 

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