There are a lot of discussions going on about whether business owners should hire a freelancer or a full-time employee. I will list some pros and cons that hopefully will help you make your decision.
Why would you want to hire a freelancer?
- Not enough resources
You are a start-up that need help with something, e.g. graphic design or marketing automation, and you don’t have the resources to hire someone full-time.
- Not enough tasks
You are a company that have the resources to hire someone full-time but you don’t have enough tasks for this person. As an example, you might need help designing and sending your weekly email which requires only 10 hours of work per week.
You have an urgent task and don’t have time for interviews/onboarding/training etc.
You can’t find the talent you are looking for in your area.
The list goes on and on. One answer to some of these problems could be to hire someone part-time, I’m not a fan of part-time employments because they come with their own problems. That’s why I’m leaving them out of this post.
Benefits of hiring a freelancer
When you hire a freelancer, you pay them for the work they do. No need to pay them for 8 hours/day if you don’t have enough tasks. Also, most freelancers work from home and don’t have a lot of overhead costs – therefore they can offer cheaper rates.
There are a lot of freelancers out there, therefore you will have no problem finding someone with the expertise you are looking for. Most freelancers have taken necessary courses and have years of experience.
Freelancers work irregular hours. If you send a freelancer tasks on a Friday night you might have them done by Monday morning, because most freelancers don’t work according to normal office hours.
Freelancers want to get the job done fast in order to move on to their next assignment, because like any business out there they know that if they meet deadlines and exceed expectations they are more likely to get more assignments.
Downsides of hiring a freelancer
Full-time employees get more involved and care more than freelancers. I don’t mean that freelancers wouldn’t care, but of course a full-time employee who works 40 hours / week with the same tasks in the same company gets more attached to the projects and knows the processes better than the freelancers who works 10 hours / week with the company.
If you have hired a freelancer to build your website, it might be a problem if the website crashes when the freelancer is on vacation and won’t be able to help you immediately.
As mentioned earlier, freelancers like to work whenever they want and they most likely run multiple projects at the same time. Therefore it might be difficult to get reach them with short notice in some cases.
You will not have as much control over a freelancer as over a full-time employee, therefore it’s important to plan well, establish milestones or set up progress reporting.
I will not come up with a conclusion – that’s up to you, but it’s safe to say that both hiring freelancers and full-time employees have their pros and cons.
- Posted by Andreas Westerlund
- On December 7, 2015