How to hire a freelancer in the UAE

As remote access became the norm during the pandemic, the scope for freelance work rose as well with companies open to hiring third party workers to execute projects on a case-per-case basis.

Sankar Pillai
February 10, 2021

It may be some kind of an urban legend but the best workers are usually self-employed. Not to put a shadow on the efforts of those employed by companies, but that streak of entrepreneurship and the ability to take risk to strike out on one’s own is rigidly built on the self-belief in one’s abilities to excel at what he or she is good at.

Making a brand

With the labour market embracing fluidity and flexibility at the workplace, a slow shift from the classic 9-5 work module is being observed, expedited by the lockdown and remote access during the pandemic. Companies that adapted to this changing requirement quickly and efficiently gained the upper hand, cutting costs by depending less on staff and more on freelance workers to handle work.

Again, businesses more often than not require highly skilled employees and such professionals are getting harder to trace, especially at rigid pay scales. Freelancers pick up skills relevant to existing market scenarios and what is more important, they have the time to pick up these skills as well, being self-employed. Marketing ones’ skill sets, utilizing these skills to advantage and commanding a price for one’s efforts are of course the next viable steps towards making the freelancer a brand.

That’s all about freelancing. But as an employer on the lookout for good talent for short term projects, how do you hire a freelancer? These 4 steps should do the trick.

  1. Determine scope of work

As an employer, it is critical that you gauge the scope of the project you wish to initiate so you ensure the profits remain the end game. When you decide that a freelancer can do justice to the project, it’s even more critical that you measure the scope of work so every fil paid to the freelancer is justified, considering they usually charge by the hour.

  1. Decide how much you wish to pay

There are industry standards for every type of freelance and third party task, so when you make a decision to hire a freelance worker it is important that you be aware of what these standards are. Based on the scope of work and your intuition, decide on an average amount that you feel works for you and the freelance worker. This way the work does not suffer and your freelancer, possibly a good hand and among the best in the business, is happy to come back and work for you again should you choose to engage him or her in a future project.

  1. Assess your freelancer before hiring

Trust your judgement and intuition when you hire, but a second opinion is always valuable. Be sure therefore to send feelers out into the industry, consult with your peers and even the competition if called for, to ensure that the freelancer you are taking on is not just competent but excels at executing the task at hand efficiently and flawlessly, only then will the costs you incur on the project be justified.

  1. Recruit the best

Continuing from the previous point, choosing a freelancer gives you as an employer the freedom to choose from people of varying talents, based on the scope of work and what you are willing to pay. Good talent more often than not does not come cheap, but employing someone below par to execute a turnkey project does not make sense either. Employers prefer the best workers, staffers or freelancers, for a reason – they will get the work done seamlessly and efficiently and in a manner that works in the interests of your firm. To execute a sterling project, hire the best to deliver premium results, it’s a no brainer. is a repository for some of the best talent across sectors including freelance workers. Have a short term  turnkey project in mind and desperately require a premium talent to handle it but don’t know where to look? Log on to now.


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