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How it works - Sometimes, it doesn’t make sense to hire a full-time employee or it’s just not possible.

How it works - But there’s still work to be done and innovation to unleash.

How it works - That’s why nearly half of hiring managers are working with independent professionals and they expect to use even more over the next year.

How it works - Deciding to work with freelancers isn’t just a matter of whether you should add headcount or not.

How it works - It’s how you may find some of the best people with highly demanded or ultra-niche skills.

How it works - Now freelance platforms make it easier for people to find work they can get excited about, more top professionals are going independent.

How it works - But not every team is rushing to hire freelancers.

How it works - After all, how do you know you have the right person? Will they do as good a job?

How it works - These are all common and totally valid concerns. As when hiring full-time employees, there are a wide range of choices.
How it works - Define a budget
Before starting a search, set a realistic budget for the work you want done. Keep in mind that many freelancers are business owners; they pay their own taxes, insurance, and overhead.

How it works - So their hourly rates may be slightly higher than an employee’s.

How it works - When estimating project costs, think about all of the deliverables you expect, then set a fair price.

How it works - If you’re unsure what’s fair, ask your network how they price similar projects.

How it works - You could also look at related job posts online for ideas.

How it works - Know that hourly rates can span a wide range, mainly due to the talent’s experience level and where they’re located. in Paris, France may have a different rate than one with equal experience in , Indonesia.

How it works - We all have limited budgets, but choosing the lowest-priced person may not be a sound strategy.

How it works - If you engage someone to write an article then end up spending 10 hours of your time communicating back and forth and editing multiple drafts, how much are you really saving?

How it works - Especially when you compare it to hiring someone who may charge a few bucks more.

Of course, a higher rate doesn’t guarantee quality work either. So, be sure to budget enough time to carefully vet each person.

  • Create a job description

    Understand that independent professionals want to do a great job. Not only because they’re passionate about what they do, but also because the better they perform, the higher their chances of getting more work.

    That’s why when they peruse a list of job posts, they’re looking for projects they believe they’ll enjoy and do well. The clearer you are about expectations and deliverables, the better able they can determine whether they’re a good fit, so you receive more qualified responses. And the more details they receive upfront, the more accurate their proposal will be.

    But don’t worry, crafting a winning job post is straightforward. You don’t need a full job description; those are only needed for employment. Here’s what a project post should include:

    Project start and end dates
    A description of the work you want performed
    Payment terms (fixed price or hourly)

  • Find the best freelancer

    Technology makes it so much easier to find skilled independent professionals located anywhere in the world. Here are some of the most popular ways to find the best freelancer for a project:

    Ask “Who do you know?” Ask your work and personal network for referrals. Consider asking for people they’ve worked with in the past and had positive results, so you can get more quality referrals.
    Reach out on job boards. Yes, these people are looking for a full-time job, but if you find someone qualified, it may be worth asking if they’d consider taking on a project. The risk here is that if they find a job mid project, they may not be able to finish the work.
    Post on social networks. A large percentage of businesses are using social media to broadcast job openings. It can be an effective way to target specific audiences and expand your talent pool. One caveat: It may take more back and forth communicating a project and vetting the candidate.
    Hop on a freelance platform. Hiring platforms make it easy for you to act as your own staffing agency, but better. Rent a Guide designed such an efficient platform that clients say they find talent faster, get better quality matches, and receive higher quality work. Compared to a staffing agency, Rent a Guide delivers it all with less work and at a savings.

  • Assess the freelancer

    No matter what the skill and project, you can evaluate if someone’s the right match within two steps. Of course, the length and detail of each step depends on the work expected and your needs.

  • Hire the freelancer

    Congratulations, you found the ideal person! Now it’s time to offer the project to them and iron out details.

    When discussing project details, understand that both of you are negotiating an agreement that covers when the person can start, and payment terms. Unlike an employee, you don’t manage or tell freelancers how to do their work, they control all that themselves.

    A helpful way to think about this is to focus on what you want, not how it’s done. Remember, independent professionals are running a business. When you go to a business, you expect them to deliver a product or service within an agreed timeframe and price, but you don’t tell them how to do it, right?

  • Create and sign a contract

    Make your agreement official with a contract. Good contracts are detailed, yet concise so they’re very clear. Your contract not only protects the business and the talent, it also serves as proof to the IRS that you’re not violating any worker classification laws.

    Here are essential information that should be included in most contracts:

    Names, contact information, date
    Role (deliverables and responsibilities)
    Payment terms (fixed price or hourly?)
    Deadlines (include milestones)
    Confidential information clause
    Independent contractor terms (what the client won’t do nor provide the talent)
    Limitation of liability
    Termination terms
    Indemnity clause


How it works

Manage Your Profitable Account

How it works - Work the way you want
Find the right work for you, with great clients, at the world’s work marketplace.

  • Create your profile (it’s free)

    An eye-catching title and client-focused overview help us match you to the work you want. Include your work history, your skills, and your photo. Add more, like an introduction video, to create a profile that really stands out.

  • Explore ways to earn

    Work and earn in different ways. Bid for jobs. Pitch your projects. Discuss your in-demand skills with our recruiters so they can find opportunities aligned with your passions and career goals. Do all three. Create a predictable pipeline and build your network.

  • Get paid securely

    Choose how you get paid. Our fixed-price protection releases client payments at project milestones. Hourly protection bills clients every week. However you work, our service fees are the same. Spend less time chasing, more earning.


How payments work

Focus on Your Work & Team

How it works - Whether you’re paid hourly or on a fixed-price contract, all the work you complete comes with payment protection.

How it works - All in one place
Invoice clients and track your earnings on Upwork for a simple and streamlined process.

How it works - Choose how you get paid
Use what works best for you—including direct deposit, Wise wire transfer, and more.

  • No fees until you complete your work

    Our service fees are taken as a percentage of your earnings. We charge you based on lifetime earnings with each client:

    3% for the first $500 you bill your client
    2% for total billings between $500.01 and $10,000
    1% for total billings over $10,000

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