06 May IS HIRING A FREELANCER A GOOD WAY TO GO?
There are times where you don’t necessarily need to employ another person, but when a big project comes up, you do realise you need more hands and heads. Hiring a freelancer could be the way to go.
Stats show, in the US alone, that 47% of millennials are freelancing. In South Africa there is a large freelance workforce available to you too which can help your business on an adhoc, contract-style basis.
With a freelancer you don’t need to worry about recruitment contracts, UIF and PAYE payments, and all the other permanent employee legalities. There will be paperwork involved though, so know your rights and what legal aspects must be attended to.
In terms of hiring a freelancer, one must also look at the worker as someone who can add vast value to your business as a whole and not just the project at hand. Do not make the mistake of treating the freelancer like an indispensable commodity. You never know the impact they may have on your business.
Very often people who choose to freelance, whether on a permanent basis or part time, choose to do so because they either do not find they fit into the mould of 9-5, cannot work with others in an office environment, prefer their autonomy and independence, and like flexibility.
Freelancers are a different kettle of fish and companies should realise this when going into a contract with them. They cannot be moulded into a role that doesn’t fit a freelancer pattern. The parameters of the contract must be viewed quite differently and be adaptable to give the freelancer freedom to work as they need to. This can be scary for a business where keeping to budget is key, so a clear brief, a clear quotation for services, and a clear contract must be laid out upfront.
A few quick pointers to take note of before hiring a freelancer:
1. Clear outline of the hours to be worked
2. Ensure your permanent staff and the freelancer meet and are aware of the rules
3. Have regular and set meetings to prep for the week and recap after a week