Job Posting and Bid Management Tips:

1) Be sincere
Only post real jobs that you plan to fill, and be as accurate is possible when describing the job.

2) Open the best bids
The lowest bid is not always the best bid. You can gain insight about the medical professional by how they bid. Do they have a low standard rate but a high overtime rate? Review the skills, credentials, feedback ratings, years of experience and bid values before opening the bid for review. 

3) Lack of Response
If you find that your jobs are not being bid on as often as you would like, or that medical professionals cancel their bids before you can accept them, keep these tips in mind:

  • Guarantee the true number of hours per week you really need. This is a major reason why jobs languish. Many medical professionals are willing to move far away from home to work for you, and this can be expensive to do. If you only guarantee them 24 hours a week, they may not feel the job is worth the expense involved, and may not bid. If you know you need full-time, temporary medical professionals, build your job posts accordingly.

  • Set a realistic rate range.  These clinicians are self-employed independent contractors, and they have to cover all of thier business expenses, just like you. Remember that the rate range sets all rates (regular; overtime; holiday) and the clinician cannot submit any bid higher than your range.  All rates are negotiable, and a higher rate range means more bids and more choices for you.

  • Include only the credentials, screenings, vaccinations, years of experience and educational level necessary for the job, not for the perfect candidate. Make the necessary criteria as wide as possible to attract the largest pool of viable candidates.

  • Reply to bids quickly. If a medical professional bids on your job, the chances are they are looking at, and bidding on, other job posts as well. If you receive an attractive bid from a viable candidate, follow up with the medical professional quickly. Remember, these are highly-motivated and highly-skilled medical professionals who are looking for work right now, and if you do not express interest in their bid, they will move on.                                                                                                                                                                                            

4) Contract Discussions and Negotiations
Please remember no bid rates are binding until the Medical Services Agreement contract ( is agreed to and signed by both you and the medical professional. You can negotiate variations on the bid (e.g. starting or ending the job earlier or later; lower rates) and make any agreed changes in the Medical Services Agreement before it is signed. 

5) Avoid Sticker Shock
All medical professionals who use Freelance Clinician are self-employed independent contractors. Keep this fact in mind when you review their bid rates, because their hourly rate may exceed the hourly rate you pay an employee with the same job duties. However, when you factor in FICA and other taxes, medical and other insurance costs, retirement and other benefit costs, you will find that most bids are actually significantly less than the true cost of a full-time employee or a staffing agency employee with the same job duties and skills.


Good Luck!