The Warning Signs :: Things to Look Out For When Hiring Contractors

The Warning Signs :: Things to Look Out For When Hiring Contractors |

I know we like to think everything will always be rainbows and unicorns when we hire people in our biz, but sometimes it just doesn't happen that way.

A project goes south.
It becomes obvious that the person you're hiring maybe isn't so good at what they do.
They disappear on you, leaving you hanging.  

I've had a few first-hand experiences like this, both personally hiring people in my own business, and working with my clients to help them hire other creative contractors.

It happens. It's a bitch, but it happens. 

I want to help you avoid these situations as much as possible, so here's a few things to keep an eye out for when you're hiring creative contractors in your biz...

  • It just doesn’t feel right. The most important one! If you’re talking to someone and the vibe just isn’t there, or you’re not hitting it off as much as you expected, walk away. This sometimes sounds a little obvious, and maybe even cliché, but any time I’ve ignored my gut and done something anyway, is when I’ve been screwed over.
  • It sounds too good to be true. If they promise something to be high quality, at a cheap price, with a fast turn-around, chances are it’s probably too good to be true.
  • They’re the cheapest. Generally, the ones who know what they are doing know how much value is in their work, and they know how to charge appropriately. 
  • They don’t exactly come across as a pro in their field of expertise. If they’re a Website Developer, do they have a fucking solid website? If they’re a Designer, is the design + vibe Website and Social Media channels cohesive? If they’re a Copywriter, does the copy on their website hook you in? 
  • They’re willing to go ahead without a contract. This is especially important for bigger jobs. A good contract will protect both of you equally. If they don’t even mention a contract, this is a sign they’re probably not too committed to doing good business. 
  • They don’t ask many questions about your project, goals, or budget. How interested or invested are they in what you’re actually creating? 
  • They can’t provide many examples of their previous work, or testimonials.
  • They want more than 50% of the payment upfront, unless it’s a one-time service such as a strategy session, where full payment upfront is normal. This can vary a lot between creatives, so just go with your gut on this one.
  • They say yes to your every single request. This can be a bit of a warning sign that they’re not great at what they do if they’re willing to do ANYTHING to get your work. This typically isn’t the kind of people you want to work with. You want someone who is confident enough in what they’re doing, when to say no or when to speak up.

This post is a section from my toolkit — Play Bigger :: Your Go-To Guide for Hiring Your Creative Dream Team 

To create really amazing things, you need to have a team of people that just GET you. When you hire people in their zone of genius, it frees you up to get back to the shit you love.