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Running a small business is no mean feat – so much to do, so little time. It’s no surprise that more and more businesses are turning to virtual teams of freelancers. But how do make sure you find the right freelancer for the job? Hayley Conick, Country Manager for Elance in the UK shares her top tips.

First impressions

The first thing most freelancers will see is your job brief – if that isn’t clear and professional top talent may pass. Take time to explain exactly what you need done and give examples of the sort of thing you are looking for.

Top Tip: Posting a job for a graphic designer to create a logo for your business? Upload samples of other logos you like so the designer can get a sense of your desired style

The little things matter

Details, details, details! Writing your job post is no time to be vague. Let freelancers know exactly what the project entails, what skills you’re looking for and any other details critical to the project. While there’s no ideal length, be succinct and check out our templates if you get stuck.

Top Tip: Looking for a particular skill set? Make sure you specify it e.g. experience with Constant Contact tools

Don’t wait around

Although many proposals get responses within minutes, it may take a couple of hours for freelancers to come across your job post and respond. But that doesn’t mean you have to wait. Get things going by searching for and inviting freelancers to bid on your job post. On Elance we automatically generate a list of Elancers who look right for you. We’ll show you these candidates immediately after you create your job post. You can also search for freelancers yourself. Browse the candidates and invite the most promising ones to submit a job proposal.

Top Tip: Select Portfolio Samples search and identify candidates by viewing samples of their previous work. Simply click the Portfolio Samples tab and type in what you’re looking for, such as “Ecommerce website”

Be picky

With 2.8m freelancers on Elance the chances are you’ll get several proposals for your job. Look for someone who is truly interested and has written a proposal specifically tailored to your project. Review the freelancers profile taking into consideration their ratings, feedback, level and tested skills.

Top Tip: If in doubt, ask your freelancer for a quick Skype interview – that way you can make sure they are right for you before they start work.