Traditional business models, one where the boss provides office space and any necessary equipment for the job, are gradually becoming a thing of the past. The formation of new models of business relations, together with quarantine restrictions, has become almost canon for hiring for a specific task, rather than the permanent maintenance of an entire worksite.
So now the moment arises when you need to start a conversation to find the perfect candidate who can fulfill the order and … here is where we stop to consider our options.
How do we choose from the thousands of applicants? How do we assess each applicant’s qualification for the job? And, after all that searching and sorting, how do we decide who will provide us with the results we are looking for?!
Let’s Look at our Options
Freelancer, I choose you!
Few people in the modern world have not heard the terms “freelance” and “outsourcing”. For now, let’s focus on the first one. In some cases, the term freelance is associated with a traveler, a person who can find work wherever he is. It’s romantic, isn’t it? And some consider this type of self-employment to be… almost unemployment. Each of these opinions is true in its own way and here’s why.
In the modern hiring market, the freelancer is the most competitive niche; name, experience, and quality of the work performed are valued in it, but you should not expect that after one order they will stay with you forever. That is, freelancing is a workshop format in which an employee is an independent specialist and can, and do, lead several projects for several clients at the same time.
So it would seem that here he or she is – the ideal worker. Unfortunately, a long-term working relationship was not meant to be, for whatever reason.
The lack of guarantees is the biggest disadvantage of such employees. In fact, in most cases, the assignment ends up being done incorrectly and may cost additional expenses because, as they said, “they did it”. All additional services, such as the number of edits, are negotiated separately and have their own price list. Plus, freelancers rarely use formal tax avoidance contracts. And as you know: no document – no person.
Outsourcing can take care of these headaches
What is the difference between hiring a freelance employee and outsourcing? First of all, let’s figure out what outsourcing is.
Outsourcing – in simple words – means hiring a mini-company that will take on all aspects of a specified project or project with a full set of related contracts. Outsourcing the work means transferring all responsibility for the implementation of a long-term project to a group of specialists, each of whom performs a specific task.
An indisputable advantage of outsourcing is that the outsourced company or business takes on full management of the project or task during the period specified in the contract, which means that your product receives long-term service. In addition, outsourcing work will allow your business to reduce the cost of maintaining individual systems and infrastructure.
As a general rule, the following are given to outsourcing:
- Accounting Transport
- Advertising Services
- Web Programming
- Website Development and Maintenance
- Development of Various Startups, etc.
The Big Question: Who is safer to give money to?
Now, having a clear understanding of each, it’s time to answer the question, which is better:
Freelance or Outsourcing?
Let’s remember the key point – responsibility. For a freelancer, his or her reputation and name are at stake, but no one can give a 100% guarantee that at any point they will not want to change occupations or return to regular employment.
Completion of a task that is outsourced is a matter of long-term cooperation in which, most often, both parties are interested. While taking responsibility and documenting it is more costly, this format gives certain guarantees of performance, moreover, it allows the customer to freely deal with other issues while receiving reports on the work being done.
Outsourcing is about paying a little more while eliminating worry about the results because it offers internal communication, transfer of all developments, preservation of confidentiality, and in the end, the opportunity to rest while the work continues. Of course, everything depends on the importance of the goal and the funds allocated for it, but in business, everything is like the proverb: a miser pays twice.