Feb 27, 2017
You need more skilled engineers to complete your project on time and to a satisfactory level, but your budget is tight. Don’t panic—there’s an easy answer.
Yes, the interconnected world has given rise to freelance disruption in the telecom and engineering industries. For instance, by 2020, 40 percent of America’s workforce will be freelancing, with industries like marketing, healthcare and engineering all expected to see substantial rises in the amount of freelancers.
What that means is that you don’t have to search high and low to find a good engineer. You also don’t have to spend lots of resources hiring and employing full-time engineers. You can employ them on a per project basis and save your company money.
With all this said, it’s now time to show you how to find a good freelance engineer. There are resources that can get you suitable engineering talent quickly and affordably. Here’s how you do it:
Skip the Temp Agency
There is no reason to go through a staffing agency. Platform-based solutions offer you direct access to engineering talent, which means you can hand-pick the contractor you need.
Temp agencies may provide your business with whomever they can find—and they may or may not be qualified. That’s a chance you just can’t take. After all, the success of your company depends on the successful completion of the job.
Find a Niche Platform
If you do a Google search, you’ll find platforms that connect you with all sorts of different talent. They seem to offer anything and everything under the sun. For instance, a site like Upwork attempts to be the place where freelancers of any sort meet clients of any sort. This makes it hard to find qualified professionals. There’s simply not enough focus.
Instead of going to general sites, head to niche platforms that serve only your industry. For example, Field Engineer is a platform that connects telecom and network engineers and technicians with clients that need precisely that kind of talent. All engineers have proper certifications and licenses, and you can search according to your standards for experience, skills and other characteristics. That means you can get the engineer that’s most able to complete your job accurately and efficiently.
Interview the Freelance Engineer
Of course, you don’t want to just look at an online profile and hire the person that appears to be the best. You must interview the engineer and see if he or she has what it takes to complete the job.
This interview serves two purposes:
1. You can check qualifications, like education, experience, engineering knowledge, certifications, communication skills and more.
2. You can explain your expectations, pay, schedule, etc. This is how you can avoid disputes later. Transparency is key to a successful relationship with a freelancer, and the interview is the time to make all relevant details clear.
The only thing preventing you from successful completion of a job is the right talent. Even if you’re on a tight budget, you have options. The new platform economy ensures you can find qualified engineering talent at the price you need. Just be sure to go through the proper hiring process, and you’ll have success.