You just have to look around on BHW to see people asking questions along the lines of ?What?s the best way to make $100/day?? One of the most common answers to this question ?Find a way to make $1/day and then scale that method up.? Now because I?m essentially going to try and give a bit of a detailed guide in this thread about ?How to Hire Contractors? I want to explore 1 fundamental element of how to ?scale up? before I move any further. For me, ?scale up? isn?t necessarily always about turning $1/day into $100/day. What it?s more about for me is ?How can I use MY TIME more efficiently to generate that same/greater level of income?? This is when hiring contractors can do the trick. Now, hiring contractors isn?t always the best situation and I haven?t been in every situation to have found out a process that?s always worked. That said, in the past year I?ve payed out over $6,000 to freelancers to do various jobs for me. You don?t really need to focus on this amount but whether you?ve outsourced $100 worth of work, $10,000 worth of work or haven?t outsourced at all, I want to help you with a bit of basic ?recruiting? so that when it does come time for you to hire your next contractor you don?t end up paying them to make mistakes that you have to fix. First I want to get out of your heads a few myths which you might think apply to you when trying to find freelancers to outsource to. Myth 1 ? Elance is Better than Odesk, Odesk is Better Than Elance I?ve heard people swear by a certain site because of the good experience they?ve had with CONTRACTORS from that site. However, saying this is like saying McDonalds is better than KFC because you had a good experience at ONE McDonalds restaurant where if you went to another one it may have been bad even though McDonalds is essentially the same thing, it?s the people that work in the actual store which differs. Essentially, all freelancing sites will have good contractors. The main difference between them is customer support and rules and regulations. The main point I am trying to get across here is that don?t stick with one site just because you think there are better contractors on one site. Change sites because of the way the payment process/insurance is set up. I don?t want to go into this right now because I do almost all of my hiring through Odesk simply because it allows me to manage my own contractor profile and hire people with ease. It?s a personal preference and you should look at both to see which one will suit you better. Myth 2 ? I only Hire people who live in XXXX Country because they are betterMany sites allow you to filter applicants based off of their location. I try very hard not to discriminate based on location for the following reason. I?ve hired people from across the whole globe whether it was Australia, Bangladesh, India, USA, or Serbia I?ve almost always had a positive experience. That?s because my application process was able to filter out the wrong type of individual. In every country there are going to be good and bad workers. It?s how we attract the good workers/filter out the bad ones that make a difference, not where they live. That said, the only time I discriminate based on location is when I need a specific time-zone to make sure my productivity can be at it?s highest. The way I like to work is quite unlike most others who say ?you must be available during these times because this is when I work? however, because I don?t want to end up micromanaging my contractors, I often like them to begin work right as I?m finishing. As a result, I end up being more articulate with what I need done and don?t have to spend more than 10minutes getting my point across. Even if I did have more time, I shouldn?t need more than 10minutes because I should?ve hired a good/independent contractor in the first place. Myth 3 ? Contracting an Agency is Better than an Individual??because if they get sick or can?t work for whatever reason, the agency will be able to sort it out. This statement is true in some cases. However, it all depends on what job you need done i.e. full website development for a complex website may require an agency which has designers and coders, rather than trying to match up two individuals. However, the biggest unknown is ?who is actually doing your work??, while you may be talking to someone who appears to have great communication skills and knowledge on the topic, how do you know that the work is being executed by someone with a similar level of competency. That?s why in most cases I choose to hire individuals however I?ve never really had a huge project which required a lot of collaboration. Part 1 ? Hire Slow, Fire Fast I?ve got a few more Myths but I might save them for a later post because going through the application process is probably what you want to hear more about. What I suggest though is you keep the ?myths? at the back of your mind when reading this. MY #1 RULE WHEN HIRING ? ?HIRE SLOW, FIRE FAST? I can?t remember where I first read this or who said it (I just did a bit of research and I can?t seem to really attribute it to just one person) but this what I almost always follow when working with contractors. The main point with this is, is to take time with the application process and don?t be afraid to let people go. When I say fire fast that doesn?t necessarily mean to fire someone after their first mistake but you should be able to gauge a person?s level of competency pretty quickly i.e. after the first job/milestone. **As a single thread this would have been 3,000 words. So I?ve tried to break it up into some smaller and more manageable parts.** There are 4 ?steps? over two additional posts which explains the process which I go through when hiring contractors. Step 1 ?Pre Qualifying Applicants Step 2 ?Self Filtering Step 3 ?Shortlisting Step 4 ?Hiring Enjoy?