I never knew this when I first started out, so I made a very big blunder hiring just too many to do what they didn’t know how to do except I would have to sit down and teach them.
This of course didn’t only impact negatively on my finances, but also on my focus, on my strength, and much more.
I came to know about this months later while in one of my coaching programs with my mentor.
And as soon as this was revealed to me, I went on a spree to search for formidable platforms with experts as Freelancers and you will be shocked about what I found if you could take your time to see for yourself.
But this isn’t the topic of discussion today.
So, let’s face it.
With the rise of the freelance economy, the traditional model of hiring long-term employees has been disrupted. While some might argue that in-house employees can have their benefits, these do not stack up compared to making intense use of freelancers.
Freelancers are an underutilized resource and come with significant advantages.
#1 – Less Bureaucracy
One of the benefits of using freelancers is that you can hire them for short-term contracts. This means that you don’t have to go through all the hassle of interviewing a potential employee from sites such as Fiverr, Elance, UpWork etc. that showcases the skills of freelancers who will have a long list of reviews and will be given a rating score by the platform. You can filter for the quality of a freelancer and pay exactly what you want to get the job done. Using freelancers is a very easy and safe process, with the typical payment escrow system in place. There is no need to take care of employee insurance, payroll, insurance, or legal issues. The freelancing platform takes care of it all and you are not the employer of the freelancers.
#2 – You Can Get Someone With The Exact Skills You Need
When you hire a permanent employee, you are hiring one person with a generic skillset. But an online business often changes and needs different tasks completed. For example, you can find a freelance writer with experience in writing about search engine optimization or short term loans. Or a software developer that specializes in WordPress. You simply hire them for the job that they are proven to be effective at. They do the job, and both parties go their separate ways upon completion.
#3 – It Is Far More Cost-Effective
For a number of reasons, using freelancers is more cost-effective. The money you pay is going to get you exactly what you want. If not, mediation services are provided for issues in dispute and negative feedback is a serious consequence for freelancers who do not complete the task as specified in the initial contract. Because you are only hiring freelancers for a one-time project, you do not have to take care of additional expenses. You also don’t have to hire them for a whole year with a fixed wage, regardless of the income of your business. Another benefit is that the freelancer can work on the project while you sleep, as they are located in different time zones across the world. All in all, freelancers are simply a cheaper and more efficient way of getting business projects completed.
#4 – It Will Save You More Space
Adding more fire to the saving money debate is saving office space. Real-life human beings tend to take up a lot of space – but not if they work from their own abode! Reduced overheads will make your hip pocket happy, and won’t mess with your office.
#5 – It Will Give You More Flexibility
Let’s be honest. Your business is in need of a much-needed yoga lesson. Consumers today want answers fast (as in, five minutes ago), so your business hours need to be as flexible as a yogi on muscle relaxers. The perk of a freelancer is that when you’ve shut up shop for the day, your social freelancing whizz can be tapping away replies to Facebook messages, answering blog comments, and engaging with a community renowned for being night owls!
#6 – It Will Get The Job Done Faster
When you’re hiring a freelancer, you’re hiring an expert. A task outside your usual skill set that might take you three hours, could take an expert freelancer only 10 minutes. It all depends on how much you value your own time.
Freelancers are also always motivated – most of them work from coffee shops, after all. Their constant caffeine buzz means they’ll do an excellent job, fast. They know all too well the importance of reliability and speediness, and they’re not caught up in office politics, or never-ending agenda-less meetings.
#7 – It Will Get The Job Done Better
Well, maybe not always, but there’s a pretty good chance a freelancer will think (and do) differently to your usual worker bees. Breathe a breath of fresh ideas into your business with an individual who has devoted their life to simply being creative! They’ve likely tried and tested everything under the sun, probably for your competitors, so they know what works, and more importantly, what doesn’t. Get the edge, and bring that wealth of knowledge into your business.
Freelancers also thrive on repeat business – after all, they’re running their own small business, so they’re in charge of customer service, and quality control. Since they’re not permanently on your payroll, they’ll strive to produce their best work, every time. A freelancer has to prove their worth with every task they’re given to maintain your relationship, and essentially keep their job. When was the last time your employees felt the fear?
#8 – It Will Reduce Your Inherent Risk To The Minimal
Because, strictly speaking, they’re not employees. They don’t have the right to unemployment insurance, and rarely have the right to compensation benefits. They don’t have the right to sue for harassment, discrimination, or unfair dismissal. If they’re not the right fit, they’re easier to sack and replace.
Are You Convinced About Hiring A Freelancer?
Here are some common tasks that are easy and cost-effective to outsource:
- Writing blog, or web, content – you know that you need quality, SEO-infused web content, updated regularly, but good content takes time. Leave it to the writing pros who know their colons from their commas.
- Designing a website, logo, or brand – you cannot create your company’s logo in Paint. We repeat, DO NOT create your business’ identity in a free graphic design program! Your brand is made or break, so leave it to someone who knows Comic Sans is never a good idea.
- Managing social media – you don’t have time to clean out your bottom desk drawer, let alone stay abreast of Instagram’s endless algorithm updates.
- Building a marketing strategy – do you know the difference between organic reach and paid views? We didn’t think so. You can’t ignore marketing – it’s how your customers find out they need your product or service in their lives. Get a marketing extraordinaire to produce a strategy that you can follow with confidence.
- Website programming – just trust us on this one. Leave the coding to the experts, before you break something.
- Admin – there’s this new-fangled thing called Virtual Assistants, and they’re as good as Chin-Chin or Roasted plantain popularly called “Boleh”. You can hire VA’s for next to nothing to do those mundane, mind-numbing tasks like replying to generic emails, online research, database entry, bookkeeping, and scheduling.
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