To hire a Designer more efficiently and professionally, use an RFP. This will provide answers up front to cut down on questions, and remove many non-qualified applicants. Use a scoring system to come to a decision more quickly, and then start the contract based on the chosen proposal.
Begin with a discussion of the requirements of the position. After that, talk about the skills needed for your Designer role. Then, go into company culture and expectations, and how the candidate might fit in. Save time for additional queries towards the end of the interview.
Your Designer’s pay rate should be based on an estimate of the revenue, or value, of the project. Be sure to look at average costs of working in-house or through an agency. Then, take all this information and review current freelancers on the Bonsai rates explorer.
A freelance contract will protect your company and your Designer. By detailing deadlines and milestones, you can avoid late deliverables. By setting payment terms, you’ll be on the same page about budgets and timelines. It’s also important to lay out details on intellectual property rights from the start.
1.1 Project. The Client is hiring the Freelance UX Designer to do the following: Build and iterate on product mockups with UX team. Convert mockups into fully functional elements to be integrated by front-end developers.
1.2 Schedule. The Designer will begin work on September 10, 2017 and must finish the work by October 15, 2017.
1.3 Payment. The Client will pay the Designer a flat fee of $5,500.00 (USD). Of this, the Client will pay the Designer $2500.00 (USD) before work begins.
1.4 Expenses. The Client will not reimburse the Designer's expenses.
1.5 Invoices. The Designer will invoice the Client at the end of the project. The Client agrees to pay the amount owed within 30 days of receiving the invoice. Payment after that date will incur a late fee of 1.0% per week on the outstanding amount.
1.6 Support. The Designer will not provide support for any deliverable once the Client accepts it, unless otherwise agreed in writing.
On-boarding your Designer gets the project off the ground and straight into motion. Complete internal compliance documents like NDAs, and external documentation such as tax forms. Get your freelancer the tools they need, like software and login credentials, and introduce them to the members of their new team.
The Department of Labor has made the enforcement of misclassifications a top priority since 2016. This means full compliance for your designer is critical, because in California it’s very costly to rectify any errors. Penalties can cost anywhere from $5,000-$20,000 for each violation.