As important as the interview process is, properly onboarding a freelancer after hiring them is crucial.
It’s essential for you, as the business owner, to set freelancers up for success. It would be a mistake to think that just because you’ve hired them, that you can just leave everything for them to figure out on their own.
This is the stage where you can lay everything out so you’ll be in sync in terms of how and when you want to accomplish your business goals.
To kick things off, it would be good to set your expectations, first and foremost. Do they have to work in the same timezone as you? How do you want them to keep you posted with regard to their tasks? Are there important dates or deadlines you would like them to know?
You have to be very clear and precise before they begin working on your project so you can avoid misunderstandings. Have these expectations documented, too so you will have a reference in case of any miscommunication.
This is also the best time to introduce them to tools or software you’re using. It is your responsibility to grant them the necessary access to the tools they need to perform their responsibilities.
Lastly, try to establish how you want to communicate. Can they just drop you a chat message via Slack or Skype or do you prefer email?
Getting someone to help you is great for the business but you have to do your part in getting them everything they need to contribute. At the end of the day, their success is your success so do your due diligence in making things easier when possible.