Whether you're a company or business looking for a graphic designer or virtual assistant, there's no shortage of highly qualified recruitment freelancers who are available to complete any type of job imaginable. Regardless of your niche market or industry, outsourcing your work to freelancers is a great way to help you build, grow and maintain your business. However, when hiring a freelancer, there are a few things you should know to insure that you select the best freelancer possible and that your project is completed to your satisfaction. Finding A Freelancer There a hundreds of freelance job marketplaces where you can find highly skilled freelancers in every niche imaginable from article writing to virtual assistants. These marketplaces allow you to sign up as an employer and post your project for a small fee. When creating your freelance project, you will have an opportunity to create a project title and description. The project title should be a short summary of the project. The project description should describe your project in detail, lists specific requirements that you have and state any expectations. As an example, if you only want certain freelancers, you can list that in your project description. Although there are normally places where you can list your budget and time for completion, you can reiterate or clarify those items in the project description as well. Once you've completed the details of your project including the budget, time to complete and description, you'll be ready to post your project for viewing by freelancers. When posting your project, make sure you select a category that properly identifies your type of project. If your project is related to article writing, it should be posted in that category or a similar one. This is important because most freelance job marketplaces allow freelancers to receive emails whenever a job is posted to a category to which they are subscribed. Properly categorizing your project insures that the right freelancers will bid on your project. Choosing The Right Freelancer Once your project has been posted for bidding and freelancers have placed bids on your project, you should identify several candidates based upon your criteria. If applicable such as in the case of an article writing project, you should request to see samples. For web or graphic design projects, you may want to request to review the freelancer's portfolio. Most freelance job marketplaces allow freelancers to be reviewed or rated on previous projects. Ratings and reviews are important measures of a freelancer's reliability and skill in completing previous projects and should not be overlooked when deciding upon a freelancer with whom to work. Ratings and reviews are usually a good indicator of the type of service you'll receive. Prior to selecting a provider, you should communicate with the freelancer in order to clarify your project requirements. Communicating with the freelancer prior to the recruitment also helps determine whether the freelancer will be responsive to your emails. If a freelancer isn't responsive to your communication prior to being awarded a project, you shouldn't expect that the freelancer will be responsive after having been awarded the project. Knowing how to choose a freelancer will help you avoid some of the pitfalls that may occur from choosing the wrong freelancer. Choose the right freelancer and you'll have someone to help you build, grow and maintain your business.