The first four are good advice, but fairly basic:
- A nondisclosure agreement,
- Past project samples or references,
- A written contract or a willingness to sign yours, and
- Great listening skills.
It got my attention because I consider it to be a basic requirement, but it is rarely said - or, at least, not said enough. When looking for consultants or freelance writers the focus is naturally on the skills, background, and history of the candidate. But a good fit is also essential - particularly for nonprofit organizations.
On the Goldstein Consulting web site, I have always said:
I only accept clients and projects that I believe in. When I accept your assignment, your mission becomes my mission and I am committed to your success.I believe this completely. I could not accept an assignment - no matter how lucrative it might be - with an agency that has a mission I'm against. I have, in fact, turned such organizations down.
When you are interviewing your potential consultant or freelancer, after you get through the resume, take some time to get to know the person. What do they believe in? Will they be as committed to your mission as you are? Or will they only be committed to sending you an invoice?
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