What to hire freelancers forCHAPTER 2
A quick scan of the freelancers here show that they not only have regular business skills to offer you, such as:
on offer brings up:
“Require advice on a patent”
“I need someone to customise an eBay store”
“I need some rough marketing documents turned into professional PDFs”
“I need personas and a content plan created for my target market”
“I need a leaflet designing”
… but you’ll also find some seriously specialist skills like Welsh translation … stereoscopy … tarot … and even hypnotherapy, meaning there’s a lot of people out there willing and able to take on any kind of task you can’t or just don’t want to take on yourself – for whatever reason.
And even if you’re looking for a particular skill that isn’t in the search results, there’s nothing stopping you from listing what you want to be done anyway. There might be someone with that kind of expertise checking through the jobs on offer right now – just when you need them most.
Agency … or freelancer?
You might think that hiring an agency would solve your problems, especially on the creative side of things. And you could be right if you were a mega-corporation with lots of cash to splash around.
That’s because an agency has a lot more overheads to cover than a freelancer: there’s premises … salaries and benefits for all the staff … equipment and materials … cleaners … you name it.
Agency fees have to cover all that – and more. So you’ll find yourself paying a lot more for their services than if you used a freelancer.
Adding the personal touch
Using an agency usually means that, if you’re a small business, you’ll end up way down that agency’s priority list, since they’re naturally going to pay a great deal more attention to bigger and more established clients. Nothing personal – it’s just business.
A typical day in the life of an agency. 9:00 am vs 9:05 am
Freelancers, on the other hand, can give each of their clients a much more personal service for two reasons:
- They seldom work with more than just a few clients at any one time
- Their present and future income depend on giving their clients’ satisfaction
More creativity and quicker communication
On the creative side, while agency staff are paid to do the creating that somebody else has thought up, instead of thinking it up themselves, freelancers have the space to think outside the box and develop their original ideas with equally creative people in their network.
If you need an agency to get something done – or even give you information – in a hurry, it’s unlikely you’ll get through to the person you need to talk to straight away, while a freelancer is always just at the other end of the phone.
And let’s not forget that when you decide to take on a freelancer, you’re not the only kind of business to do so: agencies are renowned for using freelancers.
So it really is worth your while to cut out the added costs and hassle of going through an expensive agency middleman by taking on a freelancer yourself.
And we’re here to help you do just that.