A few weeks ago we decided to create a comprehensive and honest guide, Hiring A Freelancer, to give you a full picture of what it feels like to work with a freelancer and how you can avoid the most common outsourcing nightmares.
Hiring a freelancer to help with some work can be a great thing, freeing up some time that you can devote to other tasks and also providing a professional touch to the job that you might not have gotten if you’d done it yourself. But it can also be a tricky proposition, not just for the client but also for the freelancer. Many times a freelancer will take on a job from a client only to have it turn into a nightmare. The nightmare can take any form, but it can prove to be especially nightmarish if the client turns out not to be very helpful…
Here are a few examples of freelancer nightmares that members of our PeoplePerHour freelancer community kindly shared with us on our Facebook page:
Melanie Morton, a PPH freelancer, once made the mistake of using only one client as a source of income without realising for a while that their business was on the rocks. She managed to turn things around for herself, though.
For Mashfika Monika, the first client proved to be a nightmare in the way that all people are worried about their first job. This was Mashfika’s first freelancing job and Mashfika worried that their client wouldn’t leave a good rating after they received the work. But they did leave a good rating, to Mashfika’s relief.
Erik Biglak had a big project coming due, and he hired out some work to a couple of people, but it turned into a big mess as they didn’t deliver what they promised. With a deadline fast approaching, he hired some people from PPH who managed to get things sorted out and complete the work on time. He’ll be sure to hire from PPH from now on.
Richy Bryne got burned by a client. His client didn’t pay him for a job and even took money from his Paypal for a previous job. The client refunded himself for the job a month after it was completed and refused to pay Richy and his team for the following month’s work. He managed to provide enough evidence to Paypal to eventually get his money back, but he’d already had to pay his team out of pocket.
Tudora Raluca had a hard time a first finding decent clients who wouldn’t underestimate her work and would leave decent feedback. She began to wonder if she should go back to office work, but after changing her client selection process, she had better luck with clients.
The above stories are just a sample of things freelancers have had to deal with from their buyers. Some not as bad as others, but still a nightmare!
Freelancers of PPH, if you have any tips for first-time buyers to help prevent a nightmare situation, please share them in the comments box below. We will be adding a new page to our Hiring a Freelancer Guide titled, ‘Freelancer’s Tips’ and we will be using your tips on this new page!