How To Screen and Hire The Right Freelancer or Outsourcer

February 26, 2024

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In this conversation, Brett Ingram shares his insights on how to screen and hire the right freelancer or outsourcer. He emphasizes the importance of outsourcing and hiring freelancers to get more work done efficiently. Creating a clear job description and posting it on freelancing platforms is crucial. However, relying solely on platform ratings can lead to hiring the wrong person. Brett discusses the mistakes to avoid in outsourcing, such as not providing clear direction and overwhelming freelancers with tasks. He then outlines a process for vetting and screening candidates, including reviewing profiles, reading reviews, and gauging responsiveness and communication skills. Additionally, he advises on conducting audio or video interviews and requesting samples of work. Finally, Brett highlights the significance of onboarding and starting with a small project to minimize risk and ensure a good fit.


  • Outsourcing and hiring freelancers can help increase productivity and efficiency.
  • Creating a clear job description is essential to attract the right candidates.
  • Relying solely on platform ratings may result in hiring the wrong person.
  • Screening and vetting candidates through a thorough process can lead to making the right hire the first time.


00:00 The Importance of Outsourcing and Hiring Freelancers

01:06 Creating a Clear Job Description

03:00 The Pitfalls of Relying on Platform Ratings

03:58 The Mistakes to Avoid in Outsourcing

05:27 The Process of Vetting and Screening Candidates

15:02 Weighing Cost vs. Benefit

19:53 Requesting Samples of Work

20:49 Onboarding and Starting with a Small Project

22:45 The Importance of Screening and Vetting Candidates

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