Working with freelancers: Picking the right fit and keeping the project on track Premium class

Evan Kimbrell, Director at Sprintkick

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10 Videos (47m)
    • Welcome to the class!

      1:56
    • First thing to do

      1:05
    • 5 pillars for evaluating contractors

      14:28
    • 6 red flags for hiring contractors

      7:31
    • How to handle extra work and specifications

      2:02
    • Is contracting a long term solution?

      5:35
    • How to handle referrals

      3:08
    • Understanding your response rate

      4:34
    • How important is site reputation?

      4:44
    • Keep the learning going

      1:41

About This Class

If you're like many other entrepreneurs, you will, at some point, need to hire a freelancer or two. And as if managing your personal relationships wasn't hard enough, now you've got to effectively manage a freelancer relationship - which is more complicated than you'd think. Chances are you're going to have to sift through a lot of candidates, so where to begin?

This class is a crash course on how to choose and work well with a freelancer by figuring out what qualities to look for and what to avoid - plus some other quick tips that I've gathered from my experience in hiring and managing freelancers. You'll pick up the techniques needed to ensure that your next freelance hire is a good one.

What you'll learn: (italics)

  • How to choose a freelancer that fits
  • How to keep things on track
  • Red flags to look for

What you'll do:

You're going to go out into the big, wide Internet world, post a job listing on Freelancer or Upwork and review the bids that come in. Take screenshots of the good and red-flagged candidates, post them to the Project Gallery (no personal information), and explain why they are or aren't the right fit.

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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!