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how to find a good freelancer?

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Hi Esther, 

Welcome to Upwork! It sounds like you are getting started to hire freelancers for your project. You may want to check out the client section of the resources we have compiled here for tips on how to get started on Upwork as a client. Here is a link to the Hiring Headquarters for tips on how to find, and collaborate with top talent. Alternatively, you can go through the help articles listed here to help you familiarize yourself with the Upwork website. 

If you also need help with shortlisting freelancers for your project, we can also connect you with your Talent Specialist team to assist you. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have other questions!

~ Avery
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re: "how to find a good freelancer?"


Post a public job posting.

State that you intend to hire one freelancer.

Hire ten freelancers.
Give them the same small assignment.

Carefully evaluate their work and relative value.

Continue working only with the two or three who are the best for your project.

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Usually cheaper freelancers provides low quality projects. It is the same like buying products. 

re: "Usually cheaper freelancers provides low quality projects. It is the same like buying products."


I agree.


I believe there are two main ways to find good freelancers:
- Hire more expensive and more experienced freelancers


- Hire lots of less expensive freelancers and try to find a "diamond in the rough"

I do not know how is original maker of this sentence but this is perfect rule for selecting a freelancer :

“Fast, Cheap or Good? Pick Two.”

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Learn to negotiate competently. A very gross mistake of most clients, not being able to negotiate or refuse to negotiate ...
Learn to correctly evaluate the information in the freelancer profile, and not throw yourself at a low price ... there are many examples when clients rushed to a low price and then asked to fix or redo everything ...
Do not pay attention to the quoted price (a professional always values ​​his knowledge). And in the negotiation process, you can find a compromise ...
Try not to ask provocative questions in the description (like "Why do you think you are suitable for this job?"), This is a stupid question and only the end result will show you whether a freelancer is suitable for this job or not ...

I typically draft a job description then start searching for freelancers. UW Talent Specialists are very nice people who know little about freelancing or the kind of work you need done. They can invite freelancers to your job; I have never hired one they found.


I ignore JSS. I look at descriptions of the freelancer, will look sometimes at client evals. A five-star rating with no narrative is useless. A 4.2 with a positive narrative is worth a lot more. I make jobs invitation only usually. I keep invitees advised of the status of downselection; I put all my cards on the table. For example, I just posted a job  to make a 2D figure rotate on its base. I didn't insult the freelancers by telling them it was easy and should only take a few minutes. I don't know how to do it, so it's too complicated for me. I told them how much the job was worth to me. That's what you want to do. If the job is worth $500 to you and you get six responses between $400-500, they're all the same price because they are withi your budget. The person who replies with $48 is rejected. If he doesn't think he's worth much, I'm not going to argue.

Bill H wrote:

For example, I just posted a job  to make a 2D figure rotate on its base. 

you haven't.

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