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How Can I Motivate Freelancers To Do Great Work?

Discussion in 'Hire a Freelancer' started by the-dream, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. the-dream

    the-dream Regular Member

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    Whenever I hire a freelancer, their work is always worse than what's in their portfolio and I know they're capable of more.

    Even though I wouldn't consider myself a graphic designer, writer or anything like that, I can normally do a better job than what they come up with (when they're quite clearly capable of doing a much better job than me).

    This has been a blessing in a way because it's meant that I've had to teach myself how to make nice websites, graphics, videos and other things but it would be nice to be able to outsource some of my work to people with a specific talent and for them to deliver.

    Has anyone got any advice on how to deal with freelancers and how to motivate them to produce their best work?
     
  2. LionMK

    LionMK Junior Member

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    errrrr...I think this thread doesn't belong here. (Anyway offering rewards for a job well done can be very helpful)
     
  3. remingtonbt532

    remingtonbt532 Registered Member

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    You probably used the lazy freelancers who are interested in taking your money without doing any work. It is just trial and error. Try more freelancers until you find somebody who does a good job. You can't motivate someone who is not interested in servicing you.
     
  4. crazedspyker

    crazedspyker Senior Member

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    Let them know you will pay them a bonus depending on how outstanding the work is. The bonus should be a significant amount though, not like 5% more.

    When I used to look for new freelancers I often advertised a variable rate that is based on how good the work is. You'll find some winners, but a lot of them really can't produce anything better no matter how much you "motivate" them. In these cases, you get to pay them the lower end of the agreed rate.
     
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    Macthetrix Regular Member

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    You pay them right. Thats how you keep them motivated
     
  6. Chintoo

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    In some cases people lie about their portfolios. So what you are seeing might not be what you're getting.

    Another reason might be underpaying. If you are paying peanuts to the freelancers then it kills the motivation to work and they will come up shit results.

    Another reason might be your way of communication. You do need to be precise with what you want but you do not need to be rude about it. I hope you get what I mean. You cant treat them like shit just because they are freelancers.

    Also, a few incentives every now and then go a very long way in developing a good relationship with your freelancers and providing that extra push for better work.

    Those are all from the top of my head, there may be more.
     
  7. codexehow

    codexehow Power Member

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    You should start by posting things in the appropriate areas.

    But to address your issue: this is almost always the result of paying an insulting rate. Freelance sites are a race to the bottom for freelancers. Just because they take the work doesn't mean they're motivated. Work often goes to the lowest bidder. That guy had to bid low to get the job. Once he gets the job, he finds that he's not motivated to do the work.

    I'd say it's their fault and the job poster's fault.
     
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  8. Vandyke

    Vandyke Registered Member

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    This is a Milion dollar question.

    The problem is that often WE force ourself to see skill and professionality when there isn't, cause we have a goal, a project, and want to see it full filled.
    Take more time on choose the freelancer, test em with a test task
     
  9. YourMoneyButton

    YourMoneyButton Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Bust open the wallet, once you find a freelancer you get along with pay them well and make sure you're at the front of the priority line.

    Paying peanuts only gets you monkeys.

    As a freelancer myself I'd much rather prefer 5 solid clients than 5000 'iffy' ones. It's the same way for customers looking to hire or buy services.

    Quality help isn't cheap but it's almost ALWAYS money well spent.
     
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    There are many angles that should be checked, such as how you treat them when they didn't meet your requirements, how you support them to make their work easier, how they're being paid (or how much are they being paid), how responsive you are to their questions, among others. If you can say at the top of your voice that you've done your part, more than enough, then, you might have picked the wrong people.
     
  11. YourMoneyButton

    YourMoneyButton Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    This is an important one, a quality worker trying to help you out has zero interest in stealing your 'method'. Be up front with them, tell them exactly what you're hoping to achieve and then LET THEM DO THEIR FUCKING JOB.