Congratulations, you just acquired a huge project! But you’re not really sure if you can meet the deadline.
By and large, you have three options – you can negotiate for a longer deadline, work alone until you burn out, or have someone else help you. Below is a quick guide to the third option – outsourcing a freelance project.
Hire someone you personally know
This is why networking is very important for freelancers because you will never know when you’ll need one. If you can’t seem to find someone that you personally know, referrals should be your second choice. Ask your contacts if they can point you to a trustworthy individual.
Tell your client about it
Although the idea of outsourcing your work will most likely upset your client, it is best to be upfront about it. The client will most likely warm up to your idea of outsourcing if you have someone trustworthy on board.
Be a good client
Be the type of client that you want to work with — someone who pays well and answers queries right away.
Always have a contract
As mentioned earlier, you are already a client yourself when you start outsourcing. Like all client-freelancer relationships, you need to have a contract between you and the individual you’re outsourcing. This will ensure that both of you are in agreement with the fees, responsibilities, and deadlines.
Be willing to teach
Although you are not actively participating in a project when you decide to outsource, you are still responsible for making sure that it’s done on time and at the level of quality desired by the client. So apart from choosing the right person for the job, you also need to train that person, monitor his or her work, and make sure that it’s at par with your client’s standards.