How To Work With Freelancers

Who is this course for?

How to Work with Freelancers – Step by Step was written in October 2015 as a business development course for employers interested in outsourcing work to foreign and domestic freelancers. Together with its companion course, this module provides a complete curriculum designed to build better long-distance relationships between employers and employees collaborating in the modern global workspace.

What will this course do for me?

This course will improve your communication with freelance employees. When outsourcing to foreign and domestic freelancers, communication breakdowns are common. Missed deadlines, low-quality work, and lost clients can be prevented when the communication gap is bridged and instructions are clear. Together with its 100% free companion course, this curriculum outlines actionable techniques to keep you and your employee on the same page from first contact to finished project. Purchase a single copy of the employer course, and distribute as many copies of the employee module as you need!

This course will help you attract top-tier freelance talents. Learn how your employees think to present yourself as an attractive employer to freelance hiring pools. When you can attract the real talents in your industry, you give your business the best chance of success. Explore ways to reverse-engineer your competitors’ success so you never miss this moving target.

This course will help you keep your clients happy. Many employers are reluctant to outsource labour, especially overseas; low-quality work and missed deadlines can cost employers high-profile clients whose business is worth much more money than outsourcing could ever save. However, you can have your cake and eat it, too – this course shows you how to attract quality freelancers, and make the most of underappreciated overseas hiring pools. Best practices outlined in this course will help you save money on labour without compromising on quality, so you can keep your clients happy and your profit margins high.

This course will protect you from risk. Learn how to avoid some of the most common problems encountered while outsourcing work to foreign and domestic freelancers. Study secure hiring practices, and learn ways to attract only reputable talents in your industry. Get access to some of the safest and most efficient hosting, web design, and money-management software, and protect yourself from the risks of remote collaborations.

This course will make your work easier. Together with its companion course, this curriculum will make outsourcing much easier, especially in foreign markets. Show your freelancers how to balance their workload, speed up the testing process, and make the most of their working hours. Avoid common problems foreigns workers encounter with unfamiliar copyright laws, security protocols, and money management practices.

What does the course cover?

This course covers all aspects of outsourcing work to foreign and domestic freelancers:

Learn exactly what talented freelancers are looking for. A Canadian employer responsible for hiring over 800 freelance workers shares his findings on what employees are attracted to. Study professional etiquette, cultural customs, and software recommendations that make all the difference when trying to impress your foreign or domestic freelancers.

Learn best practices for managing remote collaborations. Take advantage of over 15 years of experience with foreign and domestic hiring pools to find out exactly what it takes to manage remote collaborations. Bridge the communication gap, avoid common problems, play to your employees’ strengths, and get access to the industry’s best collaborative tools.

Who is Lior Izik?

Lior Izik is a Canadian author and entrepreneur living in Toronto, Ontario. Over the past 15 years, he has outsourced work to over 800 employees across multiple industries to build successful businesses in marketing, IT, web development, and security. In that time, Lior completed over 1000 different projects, and invested millions of dollars into overseas hiring pools.

Lessons & Topics Included

Lesson 1 – Know Your Employee

A Canadian employer with 15 years of experience shares ways to attract quality employees. Learn the importance of getting to know your freelancers to develop a healthy working relationship. Discuss cultural considerations for employers working with foreign resources. Read 5 guidelines for best practice when working with a strong foreign resource whose services you’d like to retain.


  • Get to know your employees to develop a healthy working relationship
  • Cultural considerations when working with foreign freelancers

Lesson 2 – Acknowledge the Communication Gap

Review some of the common communication hiccups you’ll encounter while outsourcing work. Learn to bridge the communication gap by overcoming language barriers and differences in word meaning. Acquire a simple technique to ensure your freelancers understand your instructions, and study 7 ways you can improve communication with your remote workers.


  • Bridging the communication gap; overcoming language barriers and differences in meaning
  • Outlining best practices for open communication

Lesson 3 – Be Better Than Your Competition

Discuss why it pays to present yourself as an attractive employer to freelance hiring pools. See how you match up with your competition, and start learning from their mistakes. Reverse-engineer the success of your competitors’ success, and begin standing out to top talents in your industry.


  • Why it pays to present yourself as an appealing employer
  • How to overcome the competition

Lesson 4 – Ask Questions, Be Understood

Discuss one of the key problems employers face while working with foreign and domestic freelancers. Take responsibility for your project and learn the techniques you need to avoid misunderstandings. Learn dialogues you can use to improve clarity and increase your freelancer’s sense of accountability.


  • How to avoid misunderstandings
  • Dialogues to deepen understanding and increase employee accountability

Lesson 5 – Know Their Strengths, and Stick to Them

Reinforce the importance of quality communication and enhance your project management skills. Discuss why and how you should assess your employees strengths, and assign them to appropriate tasks. Review a freelance web development case study to understand the mindset of a freelancer accepting work they’re unqualified for.


  • The importance of knowing your employee’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Understanding the mindset of the freelancer accepting work they’re unqualified for

Lesson 6 – Common Problems with Freelancers

Discuss ways to avoid 8 of the most common problems you will encounter while outsourcing work to foreign and domestic freelancers. Learn how to deal with phony portfolios, vanishing acts, time differences, security risks, dishonesty, and more. Build a proper professional relationship, and see whether or not your freelancer is doing extra work on the side.


  • Phony portfolios
  • Outsource vanishing acts
  • Time differences
  • Security risks
  • Freelance juggling acts
  • Dishonesty
  • Oversharing

Lesson 7 – Money Management Practices

Review the best money management strategies to use when working with freelancers. Discuss the benefits of a milestone payment system, and learn how to build verifiable “milestone” goals. Learn how to deal with price hikes and inflated proposals. Study one strategy you can use to lower proposal costs and keep your freelancers motivated to perform.


  • The best money management practice for freelance collaborations
  • Problems you may face using a milestone system, and how to avoid them
  • Dealing with price hikes and inflated proposals

Lesson 8 – Testing

Freelancers will sometimes send work too early, and it’s not your job to finish an alpha-stage product; establish proper testing protocols with your freelancers, and learn what to do when they send you buggy or erroneous work.


  • Establishing proper testing protocol with freelancers
  • What to do when freelancers send you buggy work

Lesson 9 – Visualizing the Perfect Project

Discuss the importance of visualization for your success in any endeavour. Review how a perfect project should look from beginning to end, and see the target your freelancers will be aiming for once they read the free companion course.


  • The importance of visualization for success
  • Outlining the perfect project
  • Why share your “perfect project” with freelancers

Lesson 10 – Delays

Read a quick case study to reinforce the unacceptability of project delays. Review the ways they cost you money, and learn how to deal with freelancers who consistently miss their deadlines. Discuss simple ways to reinforce timely work deliveries using bonus and penalty systems.


  • The cost of delays
  • How to deal with freelancers who are missing their deadlines

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  • Tips on how to save money and run your business more effectively
  • Reminders of the essentials when running a business
  • Success stories and experiences to inspire you to change not just how you do business, but also your life
  • Short tutorials on how to introduce innovative ideas into your business
  • Information about workshops happening in your area