There are many reasons why more and more companies are turning to freelancers. Choosing your future employee is, of course, crucial. But once the contract is signed, it is important to pay attention to certain aspects to build a relationship on the right foundations. Here are 5 tips for a successful freelance collaboration.
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Take the time to get to know each other
Creating a relationship of trust is important in order to optimize the collaboration. Take time to get to know your employee, his or her interests and motivations, and to establish fluid and effective
communication. This will save you time and avoid misunderstandings that may
arise during the assignment. Your collaboration can then take place in a pleasant climate.
Importance of welcoming and integrating into the team
Team cohesion is essential to the smooth running of your company. Introduce your new employee to the team and ensure that he or she is integrated. It is important for both the freelancer and your employees to understand the purpose of the collaboration, its interests and objectives.
Do not leave the freelancer aside, integrate him/her into team activities and events. Establishing a good relationship with colleagues will allow for better communication throughout the collaboration and therefore more efficiency in the long run.
A good debriefing of the assignment
It is important that you have a clear idea of what you want from the assignment before it starts, so you can brief the freelancer on your expectations. Your project can evolve with the freelancer. Nevertheless, a good briefing of the mission is essential and will save time. Be precise in your expectations and the collaboration will be all the more effective.
Examples can be a great help in making it clear what you want and avoid having to redo the work later.
Agreeing on working methods
As a freelancer, the freelancer chooses his or her own working methods and remains in control of his or her time. Chances are that this is one of the reasons why he/she decided to become a freelancer. You will therefore not be able to impose schedules on them as you would with your employees.
Moreover, it is likely that his methodology will differ from that of your company. You must trust him/her, but it is also important that you understand his/her way of working and that you agree on the working methods. This will strengthen your collaboration. It will therefore be crucial to discuss these aspects beforehand.
Freelancers often work from home, so how can you ensure effective communication? There are many tools available today that allow good communication from a distance. Slack is a useful tool and helps avoid the accumulation of emails. It could also be interesting to plan video conferences. This to keep a more human contact and to discuss the project in progress efficiently and to actively exchange on the subject.
We hope that these tips have been useful for you and will help you to collaborate better. Are you currently looking for a freelancer for a specific project? We have plenty of talented profiles in our database, contact them now.