HRM 5: Why you should hire freelancers
Are you ready for the gig economy? Here are some reasons why freelancers should be part of your recruiting strategy.
The world of work is changing. The need of the modern workforce for more flexibility and a stronger project orientation of companies has led to the gig economy and freelancers.
It’s not difficult to understand why full-time workers are a declining race while freelancers are the future of the workforce. However, there are companies that have reservations about hiring freelancers.
The common concerns are communication, monitoring and payroll. And let’s be honest, not every company is suitable for the gig economy and freelancers.
However, the benefits of hiring freelancers will more than make up for the shortcomings. And the rise of online recruiting platforms like Workana, which are helping to balance freelance talent with businesses, has made it easier for employers to jump into the freelance workforce.
Let’s look at five reasons why freelancers should be part of your recruiting strategy:
This is the age of technology and startups. And for startups, it’s all about speed. The traditional recruitment process of search, questioning, offer and notice periods takes at least three to four months. However, you can hire a freelancer within 36 hours.
“Many of our customers are startups because they have to act very quickly. They don’t have a lot of machines and money. What they have is speed. If you are hiring a full-time position, it typically takes three to four months for that position to be filled from the time you search to the notice period. At Workana, the average start-up time is 36 hours, ”said Tomas O’Farrell, Co-Founder of Workana.
2) Access to global talent
Why hire people in your country when you can find the best talent in the world? One of the drawbacks of full-time employees is that they have to be physically in the office – even though their work can be done from anywhere in the world. This greatly restricts and shrinks the talent pool that you can choose from. When you hire a freelancer online, you get access to a global talent pool that you normally wouldn’t be able to work with.
3) Specialized Skills
Freelancers tend to specialize in specific skills like coding, programming, designing, or writing – to name a few. So you get experts in their field who are tailored to your specific business needs or projects. Hiring freelancers allows you to compare their portfolios and work before deciding on the best talent. Who knows, you can even hire him or her on a full-time basis if you like their job.
One of the main benefits of hiring a freelancer is cost effectiveness. The cost of hiring full-time employees – from hiring to onboarding, training, equipment to insurance – can weigh heavily on smaller businesses that don’t have large cash flow. Additionally, having more remote workers means they don’t need as much space, which reduces rental costs.
5) Promotes diversity and inclusion
As companies today work towards a more diverse and inclusive workforce, challenges such as culture, bias, and prejudice still exist. And one of the benefits of hiring a freelancer is that you get a diverse pool of talent of different nationalities, backgrounds, and races. It also helps employers really focus on merit and skills instead of being influenced by external factors like appearance, language, and body language.