According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 1995, 93% of the workforce in the U.S. was comprised of full-time and part-time employees managed by HR. This trend remained the same up to the early 2000’s.
Between 2009 and 2012, the number of part-time employees increased by 29%. A study of the 200 largest American companies found that, on average, 22% of their workforce consisted of part-time workers and the number is steadily increasing.
Professionals from different industries are realizing that they can be productive outside of the office without having a long-term employer.Many of them have actually ventured in the realm of freelancing.
The steady growth of the freelancing community was brought about by several factors including the global economic downturn, advances in technology, workers wanting to improve their “work life balance,” parents having difficulty or wary of placing their kids with child care providers and many other circumstances.
Take note however, that freelancing does not only benefit the freelancers. There are instances when companies need to hire more people to do particular tasks. Although hiring additional staff and outsourcing to large businesses can help, freelancing is a good way to find fresh talent for tasks such as SEO, customer service, web design and a host of others.
Freelance websites like Jobider can help you benefit from top talents from around the world. They can provide you with a list of hundreds and even thousands of freelancers to choose from, for practically every job without any geographical constraints. You can reach out to them, provide details of your project, negotiate terms, and hire the best possible candidate for the job. The entire process is simple, fast, practical, and highly efficient.
Freelancers do not come with a lot of overhead costs. Freelancers simply provide you with a proposal for the work. They quote a price and you can negotiate. Once you accept, that’s exactly the amount you’ll pay. You don’t have to deal with the hassles and costs associated with for insurance, health care, travel time, mailing, equipment, office furniture and other expenses.
People go into freelancing because they don’t have to follow set office hours. Clients can also benefit from this flexibility. They can email their freelancers with a list of tasks at the end of the week and find all tasks completed by Monday. Moreover, if you have a large project, you can hire freelancers from different time zones so that you have someone working 24/7. Hence, no time is wasted and the project is completed faster, resulting in increased productivity for clients.
Unlike new staff, freelancers are used to working on their own with minimal supervision. Of course, you need to define what your expectations are and they will need to have access to information about your business but you won’t have to sit with them through every task and explain everything in detail. You will be able to focus on other aspects of your business while your freelancer completes the tasks that you assign.
When you hire freelancers, you have access to the freelancer’s work history, skills, client reviews, ratings and samples of previous work. You don’t have to rely on just a resumé and cover letter to determine how a freelancer works and the quality of service you’ll get.