Hiring freelancers online: Find, vet, and hire with confidence Premium class

Evan Kimbrell, Director at Sprintkick

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20 Videos (3h 26m)
    • Welcome to the class!

    • First thing to do

    • Where to find freelancers

    • Intro to UpWork

    • Intro to Freelancer

    • Alternative ways of finding freelancers

    • Writing a title that attracts bids

    • Getting hands on with writing titles

    • Writing the perfect description

    • Getting hands on with writing descriptions

    • Getting your settings right 2

    • Getting your settings right 1

    • The Goldilocks syndrome

    • Deciding between a firm or a freelancer

    • Dissecting their bid amount

    • Analyzing language further

    • What to look for in their language

    • The response rate test

    • The class project

    • Keep the learning going


About This Class

You need to get something done for your project, but you don't have the skills. None of your team members have the skills either or are too slammed with work.

This is a scenario every person who works in tech or small businesses will experience. 

How do you get around this? You hire freelancers or contract workers. 

Every business on the planet has at one time or another hired a non-employee worker on a project basis. Since this process is so crucial to being able to run an organization effectively, it's reasonable to think you should learn to be proficient, if not a master at, hiring contractors. 

This class tackles the problem of finding, vetting, and hiring freelancers online. Where do you find them? How do you convey your idea correctly to them? How do you vet them and know whether or not they're lying to you? How do you know which contractor is the best fit?

These are all the questions we're going to answer in this class.

What you'll learn:

  • Where to find freelancers online for your project.
  • What platforms should be used and which should be avoided.
  • What platforms are good for certain types of workers and not for others.
  • Alternative ways of finding freelancers outside the usual search methods.
  • How to find a local freelancer that can work in person.
  • How to pick a freelancer bid price that is accurate to your project and not just what you feel like paying.
  • How to pitch your idea attractively to encourage more interest from contractors.
  • How to understand online bid amounts and what they mean between the lines.
  • How to drill down on your contractor's language to see if they know what they're talking about.
  • Repeatable strategies for weeding out inefficient, immature, or incapable freelancers before they do damage to your project.

What you'll do:

At the end of the class, we'll go out and start posting for a real project. For your project, you can use an idea you have or one from the generic idea prompt supplied to you. When you get real bids back, you can post them here and get direct feedback.

6 of 7 students recommendSee All

Good broad overview that also drills down into specifics. Lots of relevant info and tips.
Nice class! I learned the basic techniques for finding a good freelancer and what to analyze in their proposals. Great advice and tips.
Great presentation of the freelancer platforms. I learned a lot of useful strategies for choosing a good contractor. Thanks for helping me improve my skills!





Evan Kimbrell

Director at Sprintkick

Hi, I'm Evan Kimbrell.

Thanks for checking out my classes.

Currently, I'm the Founder, Director of Sprintkick, a referral-based full service digital agency based out of San Francisco. Over the past 4 years, I've overseen the development and launch of over 100 web and mobile apps. Clients range from 1-2 man startups bootstrapping their initial idea to multibillion dollar Fortune 100's like Wal-Mart, Dick's Sporting Goods, & GNC.

Prior to Sprintkick, I worked as a VC for a firm called Juvo Capital, based out of L.A. I spearheaded the firm's expansion into the Silicon Valley deal flow and into the Consumer Web tech category.

Before working for Juvo, in the long, long ago, I was a co-founder for an educational software startup called ScholarPRO that raised a ton of money and then spectacularly blew up (in the bad way). Before it exploded like the Death Star, I went through 5 tech incubators (yes 5) with Tech Stars, Excelerate Labs, MassChallenge, Babson Venture Program, and Sparkseed.

That's enough about me. Hope you enjoy my class!