Read These Useful Tips for Freelancers to Know When Looking for a Job by Nicole Harmon

Then it hit me-why not make a similar list for what freelancers should look for in a client while also telling the freelancers things that they should be aware of and showcase during an interview.

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As I was looking through my email, I found an article in the Forbes Business Council Section.

I immediately read it as it was about freelancing. The article was mostly about what prospective employers should look for when hiring a freelancer. Then it hit me-why not make a similar list for what freelancers should look for in a client while also telling the freelancers things that they should be aware of and showcase during an interview. So, without further ado:

My Freelancers Cheat sheet 

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Description automatically generated with medium confidenceThis is a cheat sheet for freelancers and prospective employers to review and use during the interview process. On each section, you will see a part for the freelancer and beneath that the part for the prospective employer. At some point, you may see the only one which is the same for both. I will have available soon a download in pdf format of this article for you. I am hoping that at the same time you will also download my newsletter. Warning: I have only been making money as a freelancer in the past recent years. So, some of this is also new to me. But I do highly believe that it will help not only me but you as well. Please use this cheat sheet after downloading. And if you would like to subscribe to my blog and newsletter. You can also offer a donation as well or pay the subscription fee.


Join an agency that specializes in you. When you then receive opportunities the process of applying and interviewing, possibly testing you helps and the agency in finding you jobs. Your previous portfolio is the basis for all future jobs. Then once hired, that add-on helps cement your relationship with the agency you are a part of.


Look for agencies that have looked at their freelancers and their history, who have checked their records and verified them. Look for agencies that have personally interviewed that freelancer whose resume they are forwarding to you. This is a step that helps you quickly move forward in the process.



Always update your portfolio with recently completed projects include if able the actual work itself. Also include the client’s name you worked for with contact information and possibly or a review/recommendation. When applying always use recent projects preferably in the same job or using the same skill set.


Ask the freelancer for relatively recent projects. This means that you ask the freelancer for six projects to discuss with you or rather show you. This occurs before your in-person interview. You review six and chosen three or four. Contract the client and ask and your questions such as:

  1. How was he as a coworker?
    1. On-time
    1. Pre-paid
    1. Coherent
  2. Did he understand?
  3. Would you hear him again?


Keep track records and references. As a freelancer, you must keep very good or meticulous records regarding the jobs you were hired to complete. Included in the track and reference spreadsheet is:

Date of Project Here

Name of Client here

Contact Info here

Project time here

Deliverables here

Word Count here

Date Due/End here

Pay due/Miscellaneous here

From this a freelancer can obtain the following:

  1. Last six projects current to the date of the application
  2. Name and contact information of client who also serves as your reference
  3. Deliverables requested and your understanding of the job

Note: What you don’t have to give right away is your money earned on that project. You can use that information as a reference point for the pay of the current job.

Group by deliverables for your application. Always keep a record of who you give out as a reference and to whom.


When preparing to interview ask for a resume and references from the freelancer. During the interview ask for recent projects completed by your interviewee. Based upon how the person performs during that job and your belief in how they would fit into your current office culture, you may determine if they fit in well. Ask for most recent projects at least three of them. Look for the following information to be given:

  1. Duration
  2. Deliverable
  3. Understanding.



Make a vision board to explain experiences on the job coinciding with the portfolio. Details of what worked and what didn’t should also be on the board or your accompanying paper.


When asking the freelancer about previous experience ask open-ended questions and include their portfolio of needed. Use the previous portfolio to say a similar article.


Use personal and professional networks. When looking for a new freelance job utilize both personal and professional networks.



Hiring for emotional intelligence is critically important for both the freelancer and the prospective employer.

On the freelancer, it shows how well you adapt to certain work situations and people dynamics. How well you operate in the situation shows your emotional intelligence.

The client-employer, when you are vetting the prospective freelancers, you can determine their emotional intelligence.

For instance, the freelancer’s skill set can show if they can handle the work whereas how is smarter and/or has more experience than she, gives the new possible employer if the freelancer is a good fit for the company.



The employer has an idea of who would fit in with the company’s value system as an employee. You can utilize the interview time to ascertain who the freelancer is in your company.


The freelancer can likewise do the same for the employer and the company.


If it is an online interview, you can still do some of that determination by how you each react to each other.



For both the freelancer and the client-employer a relationship both are comfortable with both in and out of the office. Always respect the job. Always respect the time. Always respect the money.



For both the freelancer and prospective employers this is probably a question most don’t consider unless it is a huge part of the equation. Note: freelancers consider your real-time situation in your answers. Impress your boss.



Take note of these freelancers. Make freelancers part of the team. It is important that the newly hired freelancer feels just as much like an employee as everyone else. Introduce, explain, and include. This ensures open communication.



Hire people with the “right” attitude for your job prospective employers. If the person doesn’t fit either from the freelancer perspective or the employer -then no hire or expectation of one is expected. And it doesn’t have to happen.



Make sure the relationship is results-based. Remember to establish clear rules and expectations among the party. Make sure the work handed in is what you expect.



Start your new hire freelancers off with tasks normally completed by non-freelancers. This is done because anyone in the company could do them. However, the purpose for the freelancer doing them is to judge how the freelancer works, how they adjust, and how the others respond to him. Then gravitate towards the assignments that the freelancer would normally handle.

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I can tell you from personal experience that all the freelance jobs I have gotten have all had the last four included. I was made to feel welcome. I was told I had the right attitude. I gave in my work, so the results were in their hands. Both I and the client established clear rules of behavior and expectations. I was given a test task or audition task if you will see if I fit. But all the points mentioned above I have thought about or have done. The agency is new because I am being courted by agencies. I am also awaiting the return on the pilot program for an agency. The results-based job that all should probably check out as a point of information is If you work, you will be given more work. And if the work you give in is good and the clients like you will receive work.

I hope this helps you out as you search for a job. I will be making this a pdf download for you to pick up.

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Author: Nicole T Harmon

I am a writer who is hoping to make it big in the publishing world. I hope to have my other blog up and running by next year. Please enjoy the journey with me. If you are looking to read some good stories check out

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