What pain points do startups experience when working with freelancers?

  • If you have no experience as a coder/PM in tech and you’re building software, make sure you have someone who can vet the freelance coder before you hire them or be prepared for a world of butthurt.

  • I have had both great and not so great experiences. Missing deadlines is the typical pain. If the freelancer is not sitting in your office, you might not have any idea if there is actual progress between check-up meetings.

  • One of the biggest pains we experience with working with freelancers and making sure we have copyright & IP ownership of their work. Often times we’ll hire freelancers for small jobs without contracts. We haven’t always been so good at making sure we secure rights to the work we receive from others. Luckily, this hasn’t come back to bite us, but making sure we make copyright & IP ownership transfer a part of our process for receiving work from freelancers is something we’re going to be doing in the future. Luckily we’ve been able to find a few online solutions for doing this. Anybody else have this problem?

    • I’ve always thought sites like Upwork/Elance does this for you. I.e. when a freelancer works on your project they’re automatically bound by their agreement which assigns IP to you.

    • we get them to sign an agreement saying all their work belongs to us. and we setup the job and subsequent jobs so that they have less incentives to do anything we don’t like.

      also, we get a scanned copy of their passport and IDs. and we insert these into the agreements.

      we use upwork.com.

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