The growth of the freelance industry in recent years has been phenomenal. If you’re a project manager working on a specific task, you can benefit from the wide range of expert skills that come with the freelancer marketplace, and companies of all shapes and sizes are realizing that they’re adopting freelancer skills rather than trying to to buy them at home.
According to recent research, in 2014 companies around the world had ambitious plans to increase the use of freelancers by more than 60%. Popular freelance marketplaces like Elance and PeoplePerHour claim that in 2013 about 80-90% of freelance contracts were paid for by companies. If you haven’t seen the benefits of hiring a freelancer to help with your projects, you may be missing out.
Why Hire Free Agents?
When you hire an independent contractor specializing in their field to carry out your project, you reap a number of obvious benefits. Some of them are listed below:
No matter what you and your team are good at, there are parts of the project that will force you and your team to do things outside of your comfort zone. What if you don’t have the talent in-house to do it yourself? If you don’t have these skills, why waste time designing an app, writing a press release, or designing a logo? Freelancers provide quick access to a variety of fields, allowing you to fill in gaps in your team’s skills without the additional expense of recruiting and training.
2. Flexible contracts
There is actually no minimum or maximum term for freelancing, which is in stark contrast to employment. You can hire support for a specific job by the hour, day, or month, depending on how long it takes to complete the job. While it’s possible for companies to work longer with freelancers, and even some of those freelancers become full-time employees of the company, this is neither the norm nor the most common occurrence.
3. Try before you buy.
If you go through an agency for part of a project, you may find that their “bulk order” prices lead you to place large orders with them before you have much opportunity to determine if they are of any use. If this is the case, you should not give in to temptation. When you work with freelancers, you can hire them for very short and discreet jobs to assess their skills. If the evaluation goes well, you can ask the freelancer to provide more work for the rest of your project. If you don’t like what they do, you just have to move on to the next option.
4. Original concept
Freelancers are not subject to the same time constraints as your project team. They are not subject to any restrictions on the day-to-day functioning of your company’s operating environment. You will not have a conversation with your project or previous concepts of your stakeholders. You will bring new eyes and a new mindset, both of which have the potential to energize and inspire any project team.
5. Stable and reliable work
You may think that working with freelancers is a risky job, after all they don’t report to anyone so who will make sure they get the job done? Remember, freelancers don’t have a company to hide behind; in fact, they only have to rely on their own reputation to get their food on the table. Oftentimes, you will find that freelancers sacrifice a lot of value in order to win future business through your company. This is because any freelancer would be embarrassed to put their name next to something that wasn’t their absolute best effort.
You can easily hire a freelance project manager on many UK and international platforms and in many cases the platform itself will ensure you are fully protected in terms of payment and return on investment. Before you start working with them, you should always verify their experience, ask what project management courses they have taken, and inquire about the project management qualifications they have earned. Also, you should make sure you have a good communication plan in place to ensure they deliver as promised.