Rogue freelancers come in all shapes and sizes. Some display their roguishness by not completing work on time, arguing pointlessly about contracts or producing under par work and refusing to edit it. Others force their ways upon the Government instead, refusing to declare their earnings fairly and, as a result, not paying the right amount of tax.
When confronted with a rogue freelancer – whether as part of a one-off contract or a long-running consultancy agreement – you’ve got to stick to your guns as a business and act accordingly. Here are a few tips to help you do just that.
1. Stick to the contract
Insist on signing a straightforward, plain contract from day one that you can both refer to later on during times of disagreement.
This enables you to draw their attention to what they signed up to at the start, thereby cancelling out arguments about initial requests and decisions. It is a solid foundation from which to debate your case, and one which will hold up under any legal action should it come to that. If it does don’t be afraid to get legal advice for help on how to proceed.
2. Don’t take no for an answer
Freelancers are admittedly busy people, so it’s important to be fair to those who are struggling under the weight of their workload. However, if a person commits to a project then they must see it through to the end, which includes making reasonable edits.
Many freelancers will attempt to get away with not doing these tasks simply because they believe that the publication will ultimately cave in over time pressures. Don’t allow this to happen: stand your ground and be insistent.
3. Refuse to work with persistent offenders
People deserve second chances, and at times even third ones. Sometimes they are in the early years of their career, and at other times they lash out as a result of a bad day or recent negative news. However, there are those who will take advantage of business’ generosity to get away with as much as they can.
For these sorts, you can often tell what they are like after a few times working with them. It requires astuteness to differentiate them from the others above, but if you are sure that they are going to be persistently roguish for a long time to come, then refuse to work with them anymore.
On top of these useful habits to get into, you have to ensure that you practice what you preach. Pay freelancers on time, pay them the full amount promised and be reasonable with your demands. After all, they can name and shame you too.