Outsourcing your workload or business task to a freelancer or multiple freelancers can be a tempting idea when you need some extra time or can’t do the work yourself, and it can be good to help support freelancers in their work too.
However, there’s a lot to consider when thinking about doing this for your business or website. To make that thought process easier, it’s nice to have a list of pros and cons to see when you’re brainstorming. Here are some of the pros and cons of hiring a freelancer.
The Pros And Cons Of Hiring a Freelancer
Pros of Hiring a Freelancer
Freelance work can be more cost-effective than hiring full-time employees or an assistant. It can also be more on a when needed basis, rather than making a commitment to a more long term worker that you wouldn’t be able to only pay when you need them. For businesses, freelancers are more helpful cost wise due to not having to pay for their benefits like other employees.
Easy To Find
There are so many platforms and options out there to find freelancers, with the job base being increasingly popular for people to try. So it’s becoming a lot easier to find a freelancer for whatever you need or to even compare different ones against each other to find the best option. Some of these platforms include Upwork and Fiverr, as well as Freelancer.com.
Most freelancers are very good at what they do, which means you’re getting someone that is able to complete the job you need in the most efficient way without sacrificing quality. Freelance workers often don’t get paid until after the job is done, so you also take less risk because you can see the final product and make sure you won’t be dissatisfied or need alterations to it.
Hiring a freelance worker can mean a lot to the person you hire. Most freelancers are working from home or trying to make their living on their own terms, such as stay at home parents or entrepreneurs. Supporting these people can be positive, and it feels nice to know you’re supporting someone that needs it rather than sourcing the work from a big corporation or something that has no meaning to it.
Cons of Hiring a Freelancer
Hiring freelance workers can become a little risky when you’re not careful. Just like anywhere online, you have the chances of finding someone that is just scamming people or isn’t great at their job. You can avoid this in a lot of cases, but sometimes you don’t know the risk until it’s too late.
They’re In Control
Ultimately, the freelancer is the one in control of the situation as a whole or their workload. They have the right to refuse work with little notice or decide to change to a different project or find other options. Unlike employees, they have multiple sources of income and opportunities and can choose to pursue those if your work isn’t worth the while.
If your business or website requires a very specific routine or training to do the job you want done, freelance work may not be the best option for that. Unless you know you can speak to them about the specifics and get a product that’s just right, if your product needs to be incredibly specific it may be better to find another work source.
Freelancers are a helpful option for many businesses and websites, and if these pros and cons lead you to that same conclusion for your project hiring one could help you. It’s nice to be able to have an option that lets you get things done that you can’t do yourself or don’t have the time for, and when you work with freelancers you can often return back in the future when you need some work done again.
Article written by Jax. Jax is a 2020 high school graduate who enjoys being outdoors, exploring, and many niche topics. Jax is Brandy Ellen’s firstborn child & a part-time virtual assistant and content writer. You can find Jax on Instagram and YouTube.