Tips On Finding Freelance Workers Using The 3 Lancer Technique

Play Video

What do you do when you have run your job ad for aspiring freelance workers and found your top three applicants? How do you go about the final selection, so you know you are selecting the very best person for the job?

A tried and trusted method is to use the 3 lancer technique. Once you have found your top three contenders, give each of them the same ten percent of the job that you need doing as a trial. Perhaps you need fifty articles written for your small business. Get these three people to write the same five articles for you and see how they perform. It is important that the task you give each one is exactly the same, so that you can fairly compare the results. You also need to pay them for their time.

Once the tasks have been completed, there are various criteria you will use to judge the success of each.

Firstly, each freelance worker may have quoted you a different hourly rate. If this is the case and the quality of the work is consistent across all three, you can safely go with the one who has quoted the lowest rate, being sure that you are not compromising on quality.

Secondly, you need to consider how they each communicated with you. Was one quicker off the mark with his emails to you? Did one reply in more depth, with greater detail and clarity than the other? This is going to be important when he does ongoing work with you and may be the factor which swings things in his favour.

Perhaps the work was time sensitive and one of the three workers was able to complete the task in a much smaller time frame than the others, still doing the work to a high standard. Then it is clear that he will be the person you will choose to do the rest of the work.

When you use the 3 lancer technique, if for some reasons the first person you choose does not work out and either you or he pulls out of the relationship, you do not have to go through the whole selection process for freelance workers once again.  You have immediately to hand a satisfactory alternative, and you simply contact one of the other freelancers.

It is true that you will initially have to pay three times the amount of money to get the first ten percent of the job completed. However, this is a drop in the ocean compared to the advantages of getting just the right person for the job. You will have found a person who does the work to a high standard, communicates well, and meets your requirements in regard to turnaround time and price.

You may like to mention that you are going to use the 3 lancer technique in your job ad. Say that you are going to ask the top three people to submit five articles for you and you may be surprised to learn that many people are prepared to do this initial task without any payment at all. If they are really keen to get the job, they may even be fast enough off the mark to submit five articles for your perusal with their application form.

Try out this 3 lancer technique and see the benefits of finding just the right freelance workers to suit your requirements.

The team at Melbourne Video Production has a wealth of experience in hiring skilled freelance workers. Are you looking to do the same for your small business soon? Visit to keep updated on the latest in outsourcing tips and strategies.


Isn't it time to hire your own freelancers?


Your free report reveals

How to film great looking
videos on your iPhone:

Simple tips to create high quality video with
the camera you already have.


We love helping small and medium size business access high quality video.
Here’s what our clients say.


We love helping small and medium size business access high quality video.
Here’s what our clients say.

man 597178 640
Your free report reveals

Your Free Report Reveals

How to film great looking videos
using your iPhone.

We will only send you awesome stuff


This privacy policy sets out how we (Melbourne Video Production) uses and protects any information that you give us when using this website. Melbourne Video Production is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement. Melbourne Video Production may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from January 1st 2012.
We may collect the following information:
What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
Our Policy for Protecting Your Online Privacy
This website uses Google Analytics to help analyse how users use the site. The tool uses “cookies,” which are text files placed on your computer, to collect standard Internet log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including IP address) is transmitted to Google. This information is then used to evaluate visitors of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity for

We will never (and will not allow any third party to) use the statistical analytics tool to track or to collect any Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of visitors to our site. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. Neither we nor Google will link, or seek to link, an IP address with the identity of a computer user. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any Personally Identifiable Information from any source, unless you explicitly submit that information via a fill-in form on our website.
How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.
Controlling your personal information
You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so (we hate spam as much as you do… probably more). We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.