Freelancers will help you grow.
The skills and knowledge that they bring to the table can be leveraged to supercharge the way you growth hack.
You can even hire them to be part of your team full time.
But, here's what.
They're a fickle bunch and all the good ones are always immediately hired.
It's not always easy to find the best ones.
In today's guide, we'll show you where to find freelancers that can growth hack and take your company to the next level.
What better way to find freelancers than LinkedIn?
Not only do you get to benefit from a quarter of a billion active monthly users, the platform has a lot of uses.
Today, we'll discuss four main ways that you can get yourself freelancers.
Exactly what skills are you looking for?
Type them into your LinkedIn search bar and you'll get a list of results that you skim through and find the next freelancer that you can go through.
Now, provided that these freelancers have optimized profiles related to your search, there is no doubt you'l find them easily.
(This is why we insist that you optimize your profile!)
On the plus side, if you're looking for someone who specializes in LinkedIn optimization, this is a great litmus test if you ask us!
If you've got a LinkedIn company page, you can use it to post a job that's available in your startup.
Find out how to optimize your Linked Company Page here.
On you company home page you want to navigate to the top-right and click on "Post a job", fill up the details and you're good to go!
A lot of freelancers are on LinkedIn groups related to their industries.
You can post in the group and get people applying to your position - provided that they see the post.
Another technique that you can try is to join groups that are relevant to the need that you have.
Say you need a web developer, then join a web development group.
If you've been a great contributor to the group, then you'll find that a lot of people will be wiling to help you out.
Got a lot of connections?
Then, tell people you're hiring.
In fact, LinkedIn even offers a template that you can use so that you can crowdsource on the platform.
Just head over to "Create a post" on your LinkedIn newsfeed.
Click on "Share that you're hiring."
Fill out the details that you want.
And, boom, you've got a job post.
Make sure you stick in a bunch of relevant hashtags so that the algorithm can organize your posting.
We just touched on LinkedIn groups, but that doesn't mean you should ignore Facebook Groups if you're looking to onboard a few bada** freelancers for your startup.
There are a lot of niche groups on the platform that cater to particular industries and you'll find a lot of people that are perfect for your needs there.
So, how do you pull off the search on Facebook?
Not only will this improve the number of connections that you have - which could also potentially lead to sales - but will get you in touch with a lot of thought leaders.
The Freelancer community is focused on providing companies with freelancers that they can hire to increase their potential for growth.
Along with Upwork and Fiverr, it's one of the top names to find people who can hep you out.
The major difference between Fiverr and Freelancer is that the latter can help you out if you want some more long term work.
Upwork is one of the biggest names when it comes to freelancing.
The platform covers most of the services a growth-oriented company would want from a freelancer.
It's the trusted name when it comes to freelancing because it has almost all the features that a potential client would want. They've got messaging, project management, and a good system that lets you check out freelancers' portfolios and history.
They even offer an escrow service that allows both the client and freelancer to be secure in their transactions.
They take a cut from what the freelancer with originally make.
Fiverr is another agency-type platform that hosts a variety of freelancing solutions that you can browse from.
They've got a lot of categories you can choose from as well. As an example, check out their Digital Marketing category.
People often ask what the difference is between Fiverr and Upwork, and it's basically simple.
If you've got smaller projects, route them on Fiverr, if you want something more specialist in nature, then Upwork is the way to go.
The best way to get growth hacking freelancers is through WOM.
Because - depending on who's referring - they've already been vouched for.
It saves you a lot of time trying to figure out the quality of their work because they've already been vetted by people you already know.
If you've got a stable network set up, talk to your connections and ask them to refer you to freelancers that they've worked with in the past.
You can even ask if they have someone in their roster that could help you out.
Freelancers sometimes work like consultants dealing with more than two clients at a time, and if they're already successfully helping a friend of yours achieve growth, you can always ask if they have free time to deal with the challenges that your company is facing.
Freelancers are usually friends with other freelancers in the same industry, so sometimes you don't have to look very far for a referral.
If you've got someone who did great work for you in the past or know a freelancer, you can hit them up for a suggestion.
However, be very careful if you go along this route.
Make sure it's someone that you trust giving you the recommendation. There are times where someone might give a recommendation based off of a friendship.
You want to insulate your organization from instances like this.
This is why it is critical that you also personally check the work of whoever is being recommended to you. This way you'll know if they make for a good fit.
Indeed is renowned as a place for fu-time work, but did you know it's got a roster of freelancers that are waiting to help you out?
All you have to do is to create an employer's account on the platform and start posting jobs that you have.
AngelList caters to startups.
If you're looking for a startup job or looking to recruit from your startup, it's a great place to hunt for people.
Although it's mostly used for full time jobs, you'll have no problem looking for people who can help you growth hack.
And, it's a got free version to boot if you're cash strapped.
Yes, we know it's old school.
But, did you know you can pick up a lot of great writers and customer support freelancers off of the platform?
To this date, a lot of great freelancers still scour Craigslist boards looking for job opportunities and all you have to do is to put an ad for them.
Here's the catch.
Craigslist is great if you know what you're looking for but it lacks any fancy features such as profiles and old portfolios, so you want to be very careful.
Make sure that you test applicants on their skill level, get them to submit samples of their work, and get on one-on-one calls with them to find out if you've got someone you can trust.
Also, don't give out your real email.
Make sure it's routed through Craigslist servers using an alternate email - you'll get a ton of emails so you don't want that in your primary.
Keep your real email private.
We can't say this enough.
Even if they are being vetted by people that you trust, you still need to know your freelancers well.
You could use an internal test, ask them to submit their portfolio, look for character references, and most importantly, have an interview process.
These seemingly little things will protect your organization from under performance.
It's just basic due diligence.
Freelancers are integral to any startup who wants that extra growth hacking boost.
They bring new knowledge, great skills, and flexibility that will help take your company to the next level.
We've relied on freelancers for specialist work in the past.
(Some have even become part of the main team.)
And, they've helped drive the growth that BAMF experiences today.
Be a bada** and get bada** freelancers today.
We've already taught you where to find freelancers, now the ball is in your corner.