Hiring

Underwater Agency

In this episode, I talk about how I’m helping design agencies fix painful staff shortages with my referral community for product designers. “The recruiting fee I paid to find a designer was 45% of their first year salary” That’s a real quote from an agency owner I recently helped find a designer. While I was blown away by that number,...

How to write a job ad that attracts the right people from job boards or workable

Find and work with great talent in 3 easy steps You’re getting ready to start a new project. Wunderbars! Let’s make sure you put yourself in the best possible position to pick the right fit for you. We’ll do it in three parts: Write an awesome (but brief) job/project descriptionPost your job where top professionals can see itDiscuss your options with...

How to break down the scope of your project

“I won’t touch projects that have budgets smaller than $30,000. Anything lower is usually low-quality and unprofitable for me.” That’s a statement I hear repeatedly from freelancers. I’m not sure why $30,000 is the number for quality and profit but it seems to be the one that comes up most often. Projects below this magical threshold get rejected by people who...

How to get the most out of a freelance designer as a startup founder

You may have noticed that your business is limited by you. You only have so much time in a day to accomplish what you need. You can only solve problems one way. Your way. That’s why hiring is such an important investment. It multiplies your effort. It opens possibilities on growth that aren’t possible solo. It’s almost like being able...

How to write a great project brief by answering 3 questions

If you’re hiring a freelance designer it means you are currently in 1 of 2 groups. You’re either about to work on a project that matters or you’re not.  If you look at the past year, you can trace back most of your success to just a handful of projects. That’s out of potentially dozens of individual projects in that timespan....

Pro’s and Con’s of the major freelance designer hiring platforms

For the past 3 years I’ve probably looked at more freelance job boards than anyone on earth. I’ve found over 6,000 high-quality gigs (and in the process thrown out more than 20X that many). I’ve noticed patterns emerge, not just about the places I find these opportunities, but also about the companies who use these places to find help. Where...

How to take the risk out of hiring freelancers for new projects

When a project costs less than the profit it will generate, it’s a good investment. But this is impossible to determine until price is established. That’s why deciding to hire a freelancer for a project is a weird proposition. How can you know exactly how profitable a freelancer’s work will be to your project? That’s tough. As someone who’s hired...

Hiring Freelance Designers

Staff shortages (or surpluses) eat up profits at a lot of companies. Yet, they’re totally predictable. Hiring the right freelancer is a huge advantage for your startup or small business – and these articles will show you how to do it. A Fiverr experiment – The $5 logoHow to write a great project brief by answering 3 questionsHow to get...

How to Hire a Website Designer without Getting Burned

I’ve never hired a web designer except for very small projects. I have, however, been hired to design or redesign about a dozen websites and spent the last 5 years collecting the top 10,000 web design job posts. That puts me somewhere between expert and total noob on the subject. And if you ask me, that’s the best type of...

A Short Field Guide To Finding Designers

As someone with a hybrid designer/developer profile, I end up hanging out with a lot of developers and entrepreneurs. And when the conversation turns to finding talent, sooner or later someone will point out just how hard it is to find designers. It’s as if designers were elusive beasts, hiding in the deepest, most remote jungles. Of course, that’s not...