#1 Paying Upfront: You will hear lots of different opines on this one ladies. But, after a couple bad seeds, I learned my lesson well. All is no worries until no work ever comes in or so slow a snail would beat them in a race. Sooooo, my new policy with contractors, especially new hires, is a % upfront and the remainder upon full delivery of acceptable work. Now I do have an exception and that is a contractor I have worked with for a bit of time and know they are trustworthy. Then and only then, am I willing to do a retainer upfront.
If paying an hourly rate, they must keep time sheets or better, use a tool that they can click on & off when they are working on your tasks just like they would in any consulting or law firm. They are paid to be efficient and accountable. Do "not" accept anything less.
#2 Trial Tasks: Give a test/trial task to test their skills, work style, quality & ability to meet standards & deadlines. Start them off with something super simple. In fact, you may give the same task to a couple different peeps & see who does the best overall & fits best with your rockstar team.
Remember, even after you choose a team member, it can take a good 30 days to really get in the groove with them & have them up to speed. However, I suggest that first 30 is a trial run. If there are too many hiccups, then moveon dot com baby. Time is precious & there's not enough to waste.
#3 Contracts: Never, ever, ever, ever do work without a contract to cover everything agreed upon including deliverables, time, price, etc. An agreement will protect both you and your contractor and will usually solve most issues if a disagreement arises.
. ***Disclaimer: I am not an attorney, nor do I play one on TV. This is just from my personal experience, it is NOT legal advice, should not be relied upon as such and is solely for informational purposes only. Seek out a good attorney for exact parts needed to cover your a%$ and eliminate the headaches before they happen.
Stop running in circles, diy'ing your a@$ off & settling for just over crazy town. Start taking charge, moving things forward & making serious profit happen in your business today!