Freelance workers have transformed the workforce, making it more flexible, accessible, and diverse. While some companies have embraced independent workers in place of the typical employer-employee model, others have yet to make the shift. As landlords, we are already heavily dependent on 'one man band' workers but in case you have not considered why, do read on to learn about the many ways that freelancers can benefit your business.
Working with freelancers can cost less than hiring full-time employees. Because most freelancers work remotely, you'll also save money on office space, equipment, and supplies. Freelancers also tend to be more efficient than salaried workers, and they only charge you for billable hours. In other words, you won't have to pay for inefficiencies or breaks.
Freelancers represent themselves as a business, so they're usually more self-directed than employees. This means that you won't need to devote as much time to training and supervising them. Because most freelancers have multiple clients, they're very motivated to work quickly and meet deadlines. The interview with freelancers can also be much quicker and less laborious than bringing on full-time employees. Because of this, you'll have more time to focus on other aspects of your business, and projects are likely to come through sooner.
When looking for a freelancer, you can draw from a bigger pool of talent. You have a worldwide reach rather than being limited to your region. By sticking with an employee-based model, you're missing out on a lot of talent.
Freelancers know that their job security depends on the quality of their work, so they can't afford to rest on their laurels once they win a contract. Because they are more replaceable than employees and the freelance job market is highly competitive, they are more likely to consistently deliver high-quality work. They also have a broader skillset to offer than most employees, as 61 percent of freelancers specialize in two to three different talents.
How to find freelancers
Recruiting the right freelancers for your business can be done in many ways. They usually advertise their services through online jobs boards, networking platforms, industry websites, or social media groups, whether you need graphic design, SEO, web development, or accounting services. However, word-of-mouth networking is one of the best ways to find quality freelancers. Ask your colleagues, employees, or independent workers (if you have them) for a referral. Also, keep in mind that freelancers usually have more than one client at a time, so if you see someone whose work you admire, it's not considered poaching to approach them.
Whether you need full-time support or help with a short-term project, hiring freelancers can be a great move for your business. Between the savings, level of talent available, and quality of the work, you're likely to notice a boost in your business. Just be sure to discuss your expectations and requirements with freelancers before hiring them.
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