On Saturday, I posted the illustration job for the freelancer who won the contest. We had agreed to a price for a colored cover page and 10 black and white images.
Today is Monday and when I woke up, he had already submitted a rough draft of all 11 illustrations. For the most part I was happy with what I saw. There were two drawings that I did not effectively communicate my wishes, so I drew up a bad sketch of each, to help describe what I was looking for. This has been a great experience thus far and I am looking forward to seeing the final results.
A benefit to working through freelancer.com instead of directly with a freelancer is their payment milestones feature. When you hire a freelancer you can set to pay them at key points in the project. For example, at 25% intervals. With this feature, you would add the funds to your account for the interval, at the beginning, the freelancer knows the money is there but you know you don’t have to release the money until they prove 25 percent of the work is done. Once, that money is released, you can add funds for the next milestone and release that once you’re comfortable. You repeat this process until the project is complete and all funds have been released.
You can also set up and fund all of your milestones at the beginning of the project, that way the freelancer knows your expected milestones in the beginning. This, I believe, is the best route, this way everyone knows what’s expected of everyone. Milestones are not all up to the employer, though, the freelancer also has the ability to request milestone payments. If there is any question about what would be a logical milestone, you can always message the freelancer to discuss what would be logical milestones for the job. This is just one of the benefits I like about working through freelancer.com
Hiring directly on freelancer.com for the first time, I did make some mistakes. One I did not change the timeline when setting up the job so it defaulted to three days. During the contest, the freelancer had already let me know it would take 5-10 days depending on the amount of detail the drawings required. I could not figure out how to fix this myself so I plan to contact support and see if there is a fix. If there is I will update this post, in case anyone else runs into this problem.
I hope my experience with freelancer.com can be beneficial in your search for an illustrator for your children’s book.