Step 1: Know what you want
Make your requirements clear about what is the job and how much skill is required. Don’t cast Tom Hanks for an extra’s role!
Step 2: Sieve out of the hay-stack
The world is full of graphic designers. You need to find the right on for you. Get online and primary reviews. Do your research on the available skills.
Step 3: Ask the field experts
The best sources of reviews are people who work long term with graphic designers. Ask graphics printers and web designers for first hand reviews.
Step 4: Expand your boundaries
With internet being the major communication medium, you are not limited to finding a local freelancer. The world is your playground and you can find your guy from anywhere if he does the right job for you.
Step 5: Low rates don’t mean good work
It’s always best to get the lowest rates but not at the cost of quality. Don’t let low bids temp you before being sure of the quality of the graphic designer.
Step 6: Look for an active freelancer
It will help if your graphic designer is up-to-date with latest happenings and advancements. Judge their level of familiarity with the field and the job you want to get done.
Step 7: Make the requirements crystal clear
This is most common source of trouble when the job has to be done. Make sure that you provide the complete requirements clearly and your service provider grasps them thoroughly. Save the horror of miscommunication!
Step 8: Try with a sample project
It is a good approach not to hand out the complete project in the beginning if you are working with a new person. Test if he can handle it before throwing the job at him.
Step 9: Cost and Timelines
It is always under common professional approach to specify budget and time constraints to the service provider. Let them reply if they will be able to meet them.
Step 10: Schedule intermediate review
In cases of long projects, make sure that you schedule intermediate meetings and reviews. You can save the boat from sinking before it is too late!
Photo: Joe Shlabotnik