It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when it comes down to choosing the right freelancer.
But it doesn’t have to be. By knowing the key details to look at within a freelancer’s profile, you can easily find your precious gem. I interviewed a range of Fiverr employees to discover the best tips and tricks to finding and hiring the right freelancer on Fiverr.
9 Effective Strategies To Find The Best Freelancer
Reading is fundamental
Netta Goldberg, Content Editor
“It may sound basic, but it isn’t obvious for everyone. Take the time to read the full description and compare the different packages before hiring someone. If you’re still unsure about what is the right deal for your project, contact the seller and ask for clarification or make a custom offer.”
Make a list (and check it twice)
Gali Gelber, Head of Trust and Safety
“Before you hire anyone, make a shortlist of sellers and gigs. Communicate with each seller, describing your needs. Pay close attention to their deliveries to make sure they’re going to be able to turn projects around in a reasonable amount of time. Asking relevant questions is a very good way to eliminate the non-relevant sellers.”
Liron Smadja, Corporate Marketing
“Use Post a Request – it will save you the trouble of having to spend hours searching, and it will bring interested parties directly to you. Create a thorough brief, including references, and post it in the morning. By the end of the day, you’ll likely have around 20 sellers ready to work who already understand your project. ”
Stop looking for psychics
Yaara Lanesman, Administrative Manager
“Sellers aren’t mind readers. Invest time into thoroughly explaining what you want and how you want it. Don’t assume that the seller knows what’s on your mind. The better you can articulate what you hope to get out of a job, the more likely you are to find a freelancer who can provide it.”
Filters are your friends
Snir Elkaras, Product Manager
“While you’re searching and browsing, make sure you use filters to include only relevant services in your search results. Once you’ve found a seller, make contact before placing an order. It will reduce the expectation gap. Your first message should explain who you are, what you do, and what you need. Don’t forget to include links and relevant attachments.”
Find sellers with style
Lotem Shoresh, Content Lead
“For design or video services, you should always check the delivery section. The new portfolio feature is also a great way to get an idea of what the seller has delivered in the past. Browse the seller’s samples, looking specifically for work that is similar to what you need. You can get a great feel for the seller’s style through the work they display in their portfolio. ”
Investigate like a pro
Beth Danger, Community Organizer
“Compare what sellers actually delivered to what they have advertised to make sure it’s generally the same quality. Read reviews, browse their portfolios, and make sure they’ve taken the time to write full and informative descriptions of their gigs, at every level, so you know exactly what you’re getting. ”
Hire by example
Brian Gates, CSM
“Work examples are essential. Does the seller’s live portfolio show recent work? Does that work have a consistent style and quality level across all deliveries? Don’t be shy. If someone doesn’t have work samples, ask for some. ”
It’s all about niche
Trisha Price, CSM
“Try searching as niche as possible. For example, if you want someone to do video work for your real estate company, narrow down your choices by looking for someone who specializes in that market, rather than exploring all video providers.”
You don’t have to be a Fiverr staff member to know how to make the most of the platform. We’re always standing by to help, through articles like this one and our always-useful customer support. The bottom line is, if you put a little research work into the front end, you can give your chances of success a huge boost.
Do you have useful tips on hiring on Fiverr? Be sure to mention them in the comments below!