According to CNN Money we are entering the beginning of the era of the American freelancer. Employers enjoy many benefits from hiring freelancers or temporary workers. Let’s look at the top 5 advantages of hiring a freelancer.
Consultants and freelancers do not receive health care, retirement benefits, vacation time and may not require additional office space.
2-Focus on core activities
It has become apparent that so many business processes outside of a company’s core business can and should be outsourced. IT type projects are the most common outsourced projects. But all non-value-added processes should also be considered. For example, if you are in the t-shirt design business than consider your accounting for purchasing material, paying suppliers, and receiving payments processes. They should also be examined as possible candidates for an outsourcing partner whose business is making the accounting processes as efficient as possible. This will allow your company to benefit from the expertise of an accounting specialist and focus resources on what your company is good at; design and marketing.
In many cases projects are completed faster because freelancers and temporary workers bring special skills and can zero in on each job. As Daniel Pink, author of “Free Agent Nation” says freelancers provide “the right talent, for the right task, as the right time”.
Periods of high employee turnover add uncertainty and inconsistency to operations. Outsourcing your projects and hiring workers on a temporary basis allow operations that have seasonal or cyclical demands to bring additional resources when needed and release them when done providing continuity to those in the company.
5-Development of internal staff
Projects might require skills that the in-house staff does not possess. Hiring freelancers for the project will bring talented people with specialized skills to your company office. Here your people can work side by side with them and acquire new skills sets.
Can you think of any other advantages to using a freelancer? We love to hear your comments….