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Ask several freelancers to build prototype

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Arian R Member Since: Jun 17, 2017
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I've spoken with several freelancers and agreed with them on a fixed price. Is it ok to tell all of them to start building project's initial prototype and at the end hire the one that we like the most?

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Scott E Member Since: Jul 26, 2015
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As long as you pay them all for the work they've done, then that's fine. 

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Arian R Member Since: Jun 17, 2017
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How should I pay them all, when I'm going to hire only one of them?

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Scott E Member Since: Jul 26, 2015
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You'll have to hire them all... but just for the small prototype project. Then you can hire the one you choose again for the main job. 

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Goran V Moderator Member Since: Mar 24, 2017
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Hi Arian, 

 

You can agree with them to pay a small amount as a test before making the final decision. Asking for free work is a violation of our TOS.


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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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Arian:

 

Smart clients save money by paying multiple freelancers to do initial work before deciding upon a final candidate.

 

If you don't pay for some work that you throw away, I guarantee you are going to waste money in the long term.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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You can hire them all using hourly contracts and let them work on prototypes for a few hours, carefully reviewing their work, and cancelling contracts with those whose work you don't like.

 

You could also pay separate fixed-price contracts for creating prototype only.

 

Or you can hire only one person to do anything, without actually knowing if that person is the best.

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