Thanks to the post-pandemic adoption of working from home and the rise of the freelance economy, businesses have realised that workers no longer needed to be in the office to do their nine-to-five to make their company successful, meaning they can hire the best talent from anywhere in the world on a freelance basis. There are many benefits of hiring a freelancer, so could this be right for you and your team?
Benefits of Hiring a Freelancer
Many successful businesses opt to hire a freelancer rather than hiring a full-time employee for a plethora of reasons. Our Senior Creative Recruiter, Sheetal Shah, discusses the benefits of hiring a freelancer over hiring a full-time employee.
Not all tasks need an employee working for you long-term. You might just need a helping hand for a one-off task or project. For example, you may need a designer to help with a company rebrand, but you may not need them throughout the rest of the year.
Hiring temporary workers may not work for all businesses, but for some, it can be the right flexible solution. If your busy periods change throughout the year, it means you can have extra assistance specifically during those times without having to commit to more permanent team members.
Freelancers often charge an hourly or daily rate. This means you can get help only when you need it. At Devonshire, we can find talented freelancers from our extensive network and have them with you ASAP.
Specialist talent pool
Freelancers are specialists at what they do in their respective fields and can often complete niche tasks that your team may not be skilled at.
If your business requires a specific skillset for a project, you can identify a freelancer that has spent years perfecting that same craft, and as they are constantly switching between companies and working from project to project, they’re always acquiring new skills and market knowledge from different sectors. Due to this, a Freelancer will always use cutting-edge tools and best practices that can be translated into your business.
You don’t have to manage freelancers like you would an employee as they are used to being their own boss and likely to be very self-motivated. A freelancer’s reputation is everything to them, therefore they won’t do anything to jeopardise that, this usually means good quality work that is delivered on time. Additionally, they won’t need you to constantly check-up on them to keep them working and uplifted, they will just get on with the work given to them.
A freelancer is always building their reputation, expanding their portfolio, and increasing their chance of future employment or referrals, so are 100% motivated to successfully
completing every project to the highest quality and within the promised timeframe to avoid their reputation being compromised.
Save Time and Money
The words that any business wants to hear – “hiring freelancers can save you money”. As freelancers often work remotely, they already have access to the necessary equipment and office space. Additionally, regardless of their hourly/daily rate, you save money in terms of a salary package, as they won’t get those extra benefits you may offer, such as private healthcare, pensions etc that a permanent employee will be entitled to.
If your team is working on a new project and needs extra assistance, or you need holiday cover to pick up any projects, then hiring a temporary employee is a great way to get an extra pair of hands involved. Devonshire can provide experienced freelancers to work with you within twenty-four hours, we have already interviewed, pre-assessed skills and done all the compliance checks, so you can avoid a long interview and hiring process.
By hiring freelancers and temps, you will also avoid long notice periods that some permanent hires may have, meaning they can add value to your business instantly.
Fast and Efficient
Freelancers can often provide faster deliverables than full-time employees, as they can focus on the task in hand. Whereas full-time employees are often juggling many projects simultaneously, leading to slower results times. In contrast, freelancers can give their undivided attention to the project within a shorter time frame, meaning the project can get done efficiently and quickly.
Temporary staff are skilled in their specific area and due to their specialist knowledge and doing their job day in and day out, they will be quicker at doing tasks than your employees, who may not have as much experience in that area.
Freelancers can help bring fresh and new ideas to the table. As an outsider, they may think outside the box and offer unique perspectives that will benefit your project. This fresh perspective may be the solution to a problem or a new idea that may give your business a competitive advantage.
It can be easy to get stuck in a rut when you have been working at a company for a long-time and you can fail to look at things in a different light. This different approach could really put a spring in your business’ step while breaking free from the “that’s how it’s always been done” mentality.
When you hire a full-time employee, you invest your time and money into that individual with things such as onboarding and training. This creates an element of risk, as the new employee can leave at any time, which means you lose out on your investment.
Working with a freelancer reduces all these potential problems, you can create a contract with specific deliverables before payment, reducing the risk involved. And you also don’t need to make any changes to your internal processes, so it doesn’t detriment your company.
Creating Agile Teams
At Devonshire we can we provide one temporary worker with a specialist skill set, but we can also provide agile creative teams to work on projects at a short notice. If you have a sudden busy period and extra workload, then a temporary team solution may be required. For example, a bigger task, such as rebranding or urgent bid may need more than one pair of hands. We can provide a dynamic team of creatives, proofers, presentation designers and everyone you may need for the project!
We can take the pain away of finding people can create a whole team and put them together for you. Our freelancers are the best of the best, so you don’t have to worry about whether they’ll be good enough for the task. They’ve been working with our clients for years and always do a sterling job.
We believe that there is no such thing as a “hard-to-fill role” because we have multiple talent pipelines for hiring freelancers, full-timers, or anyone in between. We have a pool of tried-and-tested exclusive freelancers, who are available to join your team immediately. We have pre-accessed and interviewed creatives, reviewed portfolios and we are fully compliant with up-to-date legislation, so you know you’re in safe hands.
So, after reviewing all the many benefits of hiring a freelancer, if you need some extra assistance for a project or to support your permanent team, why not start your search looking for some experienced freelancers within our talent pool? We can help find the perfect match to help you get tasks done within your business unit. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, and we’ll match you up with a suitable hire.