When you select your outsourcing professional from a freelance jobsite like GetAFreelancer or ScriptLance or oDesk, there are several ways in which you can make sure you are selecting the right person.
Firstly, you have to ensure that you make all the project details quite clear. Write about everything you expect. These are the things your project post should cover.
The nature of your work
The amount of work in total
Any milestones, like if you want the work to be completed in small chunks and within what frame of time
The time you can give for the completion of the whole project
The price you are willing to pay
Any special qualifications you are looking for in your employees
Any characteristics that you don’t want in your employees
Special points that you will need to make your decision, such as samples.
Most importantly, make sure that you post the project in the right category. People will get alerts only based on the categories they have applied for. So, if you put your project in the wrong category, the right people aren’t going to get it.
When you take care to spell out as many details as you can, you can be almost sure that you will get the right people bidding on your work. You may get few bids, but they will be quality bids.
Make sure to check out all the samples of their work, because this is your most important judging point. If you want an original sample, you can mention that in your project post itself and people who are willing to give you an original sample of their work will do so.
In any case, it is a good idea to only post a short-term project initially till you build a trust factor with an employee. Once that is set up, you can go for longer term projects.
Choose people for the following qualifications:-
The quality of their work, which you can see through their samples.
The ratings and reviews they have obtained on the site.
Their responsiveness – It is very important they respond to your emails quickly and it is best if they have an instant messaging id that they can use.
Their pricing – Price shouldn’t be an important factor unless you are working on a budget.
Once you get a good professional, make sure you pay them promptly and give them a review according to their work. This ensures they will stay with you long and you won’t have to undergo the hassle of looking for employees repeatedly.