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Best Practices – Outside Consultants And Freelancers

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If you’ve ever worked with outside consultants or freelancers to assist you with your work, then you’ve probably asked yourself, “What is the best way to engage an outside consultant working remotely to ensure quality deliverables and a great working relationship?”

Cathy Siciliano, Senior Director of Marketing at Elance, is our featured guest in this Episode of The Small Business Trends Radio. Cathy shares tips on the best practices for working with an outside consultant from defining the project scope, to finding the right person, all the way to setting up the engagement and managing the work. Cathy provides practical tips to make sure your remote project is set up for success.

Here’s a sampling from the show:

  • Why hire an outside consultant? — Simple. Because you get the best of the best. You are getting someone who specializes in whatever particular area you need assistance in.
  • Flexibility — is the added bonus when using freelancers and consultants because the assistance is based solely on your needs. If your needs are solely for one project, you can get it. If your needs are for permanent assistance 20 or 40 hours a week, you can get that, too.
  • Breaking work up into — small increments is important and helps to ensure that the work is getting done. When giving the work, state the deadline. When you receive the finished product, deliver the next set of instructions and a deadline. Moving through your work on a weekly basis through this process ensures success.
  • Writing a job description — is important because this is an employee and they will need your direction and it will require some of your time. So it is very important to outline the work, your expectations, timelines and/or deadlines and lastly but most importantly – what YOU consider to be success regarding the work. Because everyone’s idea of success is different.

Learn all of the best practices when dealing with freelancers and outside consultants now by listening to Cathy’s full interview by clicking the red and yellow player below.

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5 Responses to “Best Practices – Outside Consultants And Freelancers”

  1. Mary Grace Ignacio Says:

    I strongly agree with the idea of Flexibility that you can get with hiring freelancers. Freelancers focuses on a specific career path and can really provide you with the skills set you will need on your project.

  2. Martin Lindeskog Says:

    I am a sort of freelancer and external consultant with my background as a student of project management (international project coordinator). I will listen to the show and learn more about this business.

  3. Amanda Says:

    Freelancers can absolutely be of great value to a business. Use this person in the way that will best benefit you. I find that using a freelancer to work on one specific project at a time is best. That way they know what needs to done and by when. Also, having a new and fresh perspective from this person can give your blog or business a boost.

  4. Mary Grace Ignacio Says:

    I agree with you Amanda that freelancers can be of great value and that is very possible if you have effective communication with each other.

  5. Luz Spielberg Says:

    Another helpful insights. Thanks for this. 🙂

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