Finding the right freelance website designer takes work. Even if you post your own job description, you’re stuck sifting through hours of resumes and clicking through links, not to mention taking interviews, to find the right person. Then you’re stuck managing the payroll on top of that.
It’s often more helpful to use a platform or community that will connect you with the best web designers on the internet.
While it might be hard to let go of the hiring control, when you see how much time it saves you, you’ll be a bit addicted to the help you find.
Where can you find good freelance website designers?
With the click of a mouse, you can find hundreds of sites built around freelancing. Some are great, others are terrible. What matters is defining what you need and understanding how much work you’re willing to put in to find the right person.
Free Hiring Sites
If you want to go the free route, you should expect to put in a lot more work. You have a few options here that are decent (though by no means the best), such as Craigslists.
Keep in mind that free job sites have no built-in tools to help guide the process. Nor is there anyone to take a preliminary look at your candidates and match them to your job.
You’ll spend those hours sifting through resumes until you stumble across a few good fits.
Paid Hiring Sites
Paid hiring sites provide a ton of options for you when it comes to finding the right match. Depending on how much you’re willing to spend, you could have a recruiter personally sending the top candidates your way.
Or, like with UpWork, which is a little more affordable, you might still have to do some work, but their internal tools make it much easier. You can view candidate profiles, read reviews, hire, and pay all through the platform itself.
You don’t have to worry about coming up with a process for these things for a freelancer that might only be working with you for a few months.
What should I look for in a freelancer?
When it comes to a web designer, your first ask should be for their portfolio. You want to make sure their aesthetic and style of work matches what you’re looking for.
Check their portfolio
Yes, designers should be able to take any job and do it well. But we all perform better when we work on projects and jobs that excite us and align with our personal talents.
Look through each portfolio and make sure it’s a good fit visually.
Designers not developers
Designers often partner with developers. They’re not the same. You’ll need to clarify with them if they’ll be doing the designing and handling the development before you get started.
If you already have a developer, you’ll want to ensure they know you only need their designing talents.
Hiring a freelance website designer is a big step for any company. You want to work with someone that understands your brand and can convey your message visually. It’s all about putting the work in to find the right person, and with these tools, you can do just that!