When a business starts out there isn’t usually enough spare income to hire lots of staff members. But, if your workload is high enough, you might need staff. Usually, it’s not the cost of a salary that businesses struggle with; it’s the cost of setting up a safe place for their staff to work. When you take on an office, you also take on a host of other responsibilities. You need to pay rent, power, water, and any other bills that come in. But, what if there was a way to skip the need to a place to work?
Even for the most specialised tasks, as long as they don’t require specialist tools, can be completed by a freelance worker. Instead of hiring a staff member that is a permanent company asset, you contract a freelancer who is self employed. The new staff member then works from their own home or office, and you only have to pay for the work that they do. This entirely eliminates the need for an office, and in turn eliminates the need for expensive office chairs, conference tables, and any other office costs.
Getting your hands on freelance staff is easier than ever. You don’t need to pay a recruitment agent to find them for you; you can have the workers find you. Using a site like freelancer.com or upwork.com, you can post work for people to bid on. Because the prospective workers bid on the project, you will always get a good price for the work that you need to be done. You will also find high concentrations of freelance workers on recruitment websites. Make sure that your adverts are always clear about the work, and include as much information as possible. Also, it’s a good idea to prepare a contract for staff being hired in this way. If problems come up along the way, it’s good to know that you’re both protected.
Unfortunately, there are a few problems with getting staff this way. You won’t have to same level of control over the work that the employee does, or when they do it. They will choose their own schedule, in accordance with your deadlines. You may also struggle to communicate with your new workers, as they could be based anywhere in the world. And, finally, if you’re not prepared you could face payment disputes even if the worker hasn’t completed any of your work. All of these issues can be controlled by planning ahead, and evaluating the risks before taking the plunge.
To make this risks worth it, you’ll be saving a hell of a lot of money. Most freelancers will agree to be paid a set fee for their work; instead of working at an hourly rate. In most cases, this will result in the work getting done cheaper. You also won’t have to pay for any offices or other buildings for your staff. You’ll get more choice of staff, as they’re not limited to your area. Ultimately, hiring staff this way will almost always work out cheaper and easier, without a long term commitment.
Do some of your own research, and make sure that you’re completely happy with a staff member before you decide to hire them. Good luck, and be smart!