Business leaders: Have you considered leveraging freelancers to support your team? In today’s tight job market, freelancers are an important resource pool to include in your workforce mix. Whether you are looking for someone with specialized skills, need additional resources for a busy period or coverage for someone on an extended leave, freelancers are a flexible talent-on-demand solution for your business. Have concerns or hesitations about using freelancers? Is there something that has been holding you back? There are a number of common myths around freelancing. We’ll break them down for you.
MYTH: FREELANCERS AREN’T COMMITTED
FACT: Freelancers have a wide variety of backgrounds: Career freelancers who have fallen in love with the variety of different clients and projects; late career individuals who have “retired” from their traditional job, but aren’t ready to stop working; or early career resources who are looking to build experience and perhaps adopt a freelance career. Despite these different backgrounds, our experience is that freelancers have the same passion and dedication to business clients as their traditional employee counterparts. Their reputations are on the line with every assignment. And as word-of-mouth is the best form of advertising, doing a great job is the best way to accomplish that.
MYTH: FREELANCERS ARE EXPENSIVE
FACT: Have you heard stories about the high costs of freelancers? Or perhaps you aren’t sure what the going rate is? Most freelance resources are great values when compared to traditional employees. Especially when you consider the full overhead cost of a traditional permanent resource. We’re here to guide you through the process of setting your budget and understanding compensation trends for the skills you are looking for.
MYTH: FREELANCERS DON’T HAVE THE SPECIALIZED SKILLS WE NEED
FACT: Just the opposite is usually the case. Leveraging a freelancer enables you to search the national talent pool to find the specific skills, work style and price point to match your needs, especially with remote positions. At Talimer, we take the work out of that process with our roster of screened and tested candidates and love the challenge of finding that perfect fit for your needs.
MYTH: FREELANCERS ARE AN ADMINISTRATIVE AND COMPLIANCE CHALLENGE
FACT: We keep the HR and Legal teams happy. All resources through Talimer are covered by liability as well as errors and omissions insurance and background checks are available when desired. We also manage time sheets and any expenses and provide simple invoices to your organization so you can avoid the hassle and security risk of 1099 contractors. Don’t worry about working with lots of individuals, we’ll make it easy for you.
MYTH: FREELANCERS CAN’T GET A FULL-TIME JOB
FACT: Career freelancers are usually so good at their job they can choose when, how and who they want to work with. They may prefer to work non-traditional hours or don’t want to be in a “corporate” environment, and a freelance career offers that flexibility, making them happier and more fulfilled in their work. A 2019 Oxford University Study found that happy workers are 13% more productive. Who wouldn’t want that person on their team?
THE BOTTOM LINE
Freelancers could be a valuable asset to your business. Using Talimer as your freelancer resource takes away the uncertainty and risk, allowing you to review screened and qualified tech professionals, understand rates and budgets and avoid the pain of HR and legal issues. Contact us today to find the right tech freelancer for your team!