Today a client said "Guide me on how to award the contract" So I took a look at the client guide at https://content-static.upwork.com/blog/uploads/sites/3/2017/06/09122627/client-guide-to-upwork.pdf
I was surprised to notice that there was no guidance on setting the budget and experience level for a project.
If upwork adds a chapter on this topic, it will help avoid seeing job posts offering $5 for a Months of an experts time.
Selecting Freelancer Expertise
Selecting freelancers is a tradeoff between experience, domain knowledge, execution speed and price.
|Experience||Expectation from Freelancer||Expectation from Client|
|Entry Level||Has little or no experience, knows basics of tools and techniques, requires daily guidance on tasks||Needs to be an expert in the field, Needs to be able to do a detailed technical design and architecture and then guide the freelancer in his daily tasks.|
|Intermediate||Has worked on a few projects, If given detailed technical design, can execute independently once given the technical details of the task. Requires guidance on a weekly basis||Needs to have technical knowledge. Should be able to do the toplevel technical design identify weekly milestones, write the technical requirements for the milestone and guide the freelancer on a weekly basis|
|Expert||Has worked in the field for decades, can take a 10k ft overview of the requirement and independently do the architecture, scheduling and design and execute the project||Little or no experience in the field, Or experienced but no time for daily supervision or technical reviews|
Note: You can Hire an Expert on hourly basis to guide your basic and intermediate level freelancer and conduct technical reviews.
Note: You can hire an expert freelancer for a few hours/days to do the scheduling and budgeting for your project