4 Tips For Leading Teams Of Freelancers

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Freelancers are independent contractors who supply services in exchange for pay, and when yo are working with multiple freelancers, it may become difficult to manage and lead them effectively to get the tasks done efficiently without dictating their tasks like employees. In addition to motivation, freelancers need clear and precise instructions and explanations of your expectations. By using the steps in this article, you will be able to more effectively manage your freelancers, even the ones you have never met.

Key Takeaways:

  • Even those who manage a decentralized, part-time workforce need to provide that sense of context and motivation to everyone involved.
  • Specialization has its limits. Keep in mind that every addition to your workforce—even if they’re only part-time or around for just a while—means added communication, on-boarding, and management costs.
  • It’s easy to get caught up in the hours your gig talent tends to keep, but managers also need to stay grounded.

“Working with freelancers may seem as though it frees you up from having to invest in that social capital, but you risk being left with a disconnected workforce that does exactly what they’re told and no more—like an army of robots that need to be carefully programmed.”


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