Three Rock Solid Tips For Hiring Freelancers From Overseas

I am about to blow your mind in a couple seconds. Are you ready?

The world is a big place. There are some seriously talented people all over the globe! BOOM! Did you feel your mind getting blown? I keep a lot of my stuff within the good ol USA but will occasionally dapple in the dark side. Especially with art. Even just looking around me in my office right now, it’s filled to the brim with artwork from all over the world. I just can’t help myself. People are just too darn good at what they do. It should come as no surprise that I have hired talented individuals from overseas from time to time. There are many tips that I could give you on this topic, but today we will concentrate on three. Here you go:

  1. Tip number one: Keep your eyes on the time zones. Anyone just getting into hiring freelancers will realize very quickly that not everyone lives in their time zone. You will need to plan accordingly. Yes it’s the middle of the day right now where I am, however it’s night time on the other side of the world. What’s that? You have a question for your artist in (random example) Greece? Give the poor girl or guy a few hours (if not more) to get back to you. You don’t like it when someone wakes you up in the middle of the night do you? Don’t be that person.
  2. Tip number two: Language barriers can be a pain in the butt if you are not expecting them. Make sure you include the language skills needed to perform the job in your listing. Not only that, actually talk with your potential candidates over Skype or another source. This does a number of things for you. It tells you if you can fully communicate the project with your potential hire while simultaneously and more thoroughly explaining what you want. It’s a win win. Seriously, talk with your people.
  3.  Tip number three: Do not be naive to the fact that some of the things that we say or do where we are from may be strange/ offensive/ and or different to people in other countries. Remember that time that President George Bush flashed a peace sign with his palm facing inwards to Australian onlookers? No? While the intention was good, that’s basically a middle finger there. If something as simple as a peace sign can be misinterpreted, certainly many other things could be too. Brush up on the differences between countries. You might find out some interesting need to know information.

What are your tips for hiring freelancers from overseas? Am I the only one, or are there more of you that enjoy art on a global scale? Let me know in the comments down below or on my social media!

-ZHanny

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