Freelancers: they make the world go around when it comes to modern marketing. Over the last year, the use of gig work platforms (like Upwork and Fiverr, for example) has grown by more than 30% in economies around the world. As if that weren't enough, it’s now possible to find freelancers working in all industries, including finance, agriculture, education, transportation, marketing, and more. With this in mind, it’s clear why freelancers have become so popular. Freelancers provide an attractive “third option” for companies who need skilled workers but don't want to hire full-time employees.
If you’re new to hiring freelancers, though, the process can be a bit intimidating. How do you know you’ve found a good match? What if you choose the wrong person? What do you even look for, if you’re not hiring a traditional employee? In situations like this, knowing what to avoid is every bit as necessary as knowing what you want in a freelancer. That said, here’s our top list of red flags to avoid at all costs with your next freelancer.
5 Signs You Shouldn’t Hire That “Too Good to be True” Freelancer
You know the old saying: “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” That’s as accurate with freelancers as it is with anything else. In the world of freelancing, you get what you pay for. With that in mind, here are a few things to avoid as you search for the perfect freelancer:
1. Very Low Rates