Neat Team October 24, 2020 1:58 pm

5 Advantages of working with freelancers as a startup or SME

This post is in collaboration with Freehunter.

When you’re a lean startup or a small business, you want to maximise every penny you spend. That’s why you may be considering outsourcing your work to freelancers.

In a small company, you don’t always have the resources or needs to justify hiring an in-house designer or a full-time photographer.

Whether you’re hiring services from photographers, graphic designers, web developers… let’s take a look at some of the biggest advantages of working with freelancers.

1. Avoid the overhead costs of hiring a full-time employee

Of course, the biggest advantage of working with a freelancer is that they’re typically more affordable than hiring someone full-time.

With freelance talent, you don’t have to clear out a desk space, pay a full-time salary, or provide medical benefits – things which may be difficult to offer when you’re just starting out your business, or when you just have a small project you need to outsource.

Which leads us to our next point.

2. You can hire freelancers project to project

The flexibility to pay for work on an as-needed basis is a huge advantage of working with freelancers.

Especially if you’re running a startup or a small business, you just may not have that much work for someone to do.

You might need a blog post here and there, or the occasional website redesign once a year. But you definitely don’t have enough work to hire a content creator or web developer for 40 hours a week.

When you have some one-off projects you’d like to get done, freelancers are your best bet.

3. Find industry experts

Most people choose to go into freelance work because they have a very specific skill or talent.

Most freelancers specialize in one area – like graphic design, animation, photography, or digital content, to name a few. And that means that day in and day out, they’re working on these projects, and continuously honing their skills doing work for a variety of clients.

So if you’re looking for an expert to do some work for your business, freelancers are the way to go.

4. It’s less risky working with someone on a freelance basis

If you’re a business owner or a manager, you know that finding great talent is difficult. The last thing you want to do is make a bad hire, only to find that it isn’t working out.

Another advantage of choosing to work with freelancers is that there’s no obligation to continue working with someone if you’re not satisfied with their work.

For example, if you’re looking for some help creating a video series, you can hire someone to create one of the videos you need and see how it goes. If you like their work, you can continue using their services for the rest of the series. If you’re not sure it’s a great fit, you can find someone else.

5. It’s easy to find freelance talent online

It used to be incredibly time-consuming and frustrating to look for a freelancer directly, but fortunately that’s no longer the case.

Every year, more and more people are choosing to freelance. In 2020, it’s predicted that 50% of the workforce will be freelancers, at least in the USA. Needless to say, there’s no shortage of talent nowadays.

What’s more, there are a variety of marketplaces and matchmaking services online like Freehunter that will help you connect with the right freelancer, for whatever job you’re looking to hire for.

Ready to find freelance talent?

For startups and small business, it’s smart to work with freelancers for some of the odd jobs you need to get done. If you’re on the lookout for freelance creative talent in Hong Kong, you can check out Freehunter as we mentioned, where you can browse over 1000 registered photographers, videographers, illustrators (and even dancers, singers and magicians!) by profile, styles, previous work, ratings.

Find the perfect person for the job, and start reaching out yourself!

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