How To: Hire on Contra

  • Tips for Hiring
Madi Pignetti
· 3 min read

There are three ways to hire on Contra -- through our Discover flow, posting an opportunity, and creating a proposal with an Indy you’ve already agreed to work with. We’ll go through all three of these in this article and when to use each one!

Discovering Independents 🪄

How to discover Independents 👀

Discover is our version of search! You can use Discover to sort through Independents by Category, Role, or Tools to find the perfect match for you 🤝

What happens next

Once you find an Independent you’d like to work with, you can click the “Get in Touch” button to send them an Inquiry.

Make sure to include all of the details about the project and budget so they can assess if it’s in line with the type of work they do!

When the Independent accepts your Inquiry, you will get a notification and can create a proposal to start working together!

Posting an Opportunity 💼

When to post an opportunity

Opportunities on Contra are perfect for when you know what you want to hire for, but not who you want to hire.

How to post an opportunity

Head to to post your job opportunity or import your job posting from a pre-existing job post on another platform.

On your Opportunities page, you can click the “Hire an Independent” button to draft the job description for the role you’re looking to fill.

What happens next

Emily, Client Success at Contra, will match you with Top Independents that are a perfect fit for the role. Once they apply, you’ll get an email from us and you can view all of your applicants on your application tab!

Want more guidance in posting an Opportunity? Check out our guide 👇

How to Post a Top-Tier Opportunity

If you need an Independent for your next opportunity, you’re in the right place.

Creating a Proposal 🗒️

When to create a proposal

Already know who you want to work with? That’s great! We made the creating a proposal project for Clients like you!

How to create a proposal

Choose “Start a Project” and from there you can add in all of the information about deliverables, payment, scope, and timeline. Input the Independent’s email and we will send them the proposal to sign! ✍️

Bonus Tips for Working With Independents 💡

  1. We recommend getting on an intro call with the Independent before starting work so that you can align expectations and discuss scope! Intro calls a great way to assess fit for the project, set the timeline, and kick things off on a positive note 🚀
  2. When working with someone new or on a larger scope project, we recommend kicking it off with a test project to make sure they are the right Independent for the job!

And there you have it! Those are the three ways you can hire on Contra. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at — we are here to help 💪

Madi Pignetti
Community @ Contra 💛
Hi, I'm Madi ✨ I connect independents with resources + support to take control of their independent career! 🚀 In my free time, you can usually find me reading or exploring a local cafe ☕️

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