Why Freelancing Isn’t Very Freeing & How Outsourcing Can Help
Freelancers often hear how lucky they are to work from home and be their own boss. They can work when they want to, and not have to worry about the daily commute to the office.
But the life of the freelancer isn’t as glamorous as you’d think. In fact, freelancing can be quite stressful.
And while freelancers may perform outsourced tasks, hiring a freelancer isn’t the same as hiring outsourced professional support from an outsourcing business.
So, if you’re a freelancer and looking for a change, or a business who’s looking to hire freelancers, consider how outsourcing helps freelancers and the businesses they work for.
The Differences Between Freelancers and Contractors
While it’s common for the terms “freelancer” and “contractor” to be used interchangeably, more often than not, they are not the same type of worker. The closest nomenclature for these two job positions is the term “independent contractor” for a freelancer since freelancers work independently without an employer or employees. Here at Supportibles, we also use the term “telecommuter” for contracted workers working remotely.
Contractors, on the other hand, may have an employer for a short or long period of time—depending on the contract. And they may also hire employees—sub-contractors—who help them complete projects on time.
For an even better understanding of their differences, here’s a basic breakdown:
- Are almost always looking for work;
- Complete work on an as-needed basis;
- Frequently handle multiple projects at a time;
- Set their own schedules and work from home;
- Rely on networking to build relationships with potential clients;
- Must build their brands;
- Often struggle to maintain a healthy work-life balance when they have too much work to do;
- Do not always have a steady source of income;
- Don’t get employee benefits; and
- Must perform all the tasks of a typical workplace—worker, marketer, secretary, cleaner, and accountant.
- Are sought after and hired by companies;
- Usually only work for one client at a time;
- Work for a specified time on a project—such as three months, six months, or a year;
- Must stick to a schedule outlined in their contract;
- Often work on-site/in-office;
- Sometimes work from home;
- May receive employee benefits and perks for the duration of their contracts;
- Only have to perform an outsourced task—the job they were hired for;
- Have job security for the duration of the contract; and
- Enjoy a set job and hours, and a better work-life balance.
How Outsourcing Can Help Freelancers
In the freelancing world, when it rains, it pours. And then, when there are droughts, freelancers start to panic.
In other words, work for freelancers is precarious. Sometimes they will be drowning in work, and other times they will be desperately looking for work to survive. Either way, they can become very stressed out.
This is where outsourcing comes in very handy. Say, during a work dry spell, you (as a freelancer) applied to work for several clients, thinking the more the better since not everyone will get back to you. But then, miraculously, every client old and new has work for you, and it’s all due within the next couple of weeks.
What do you do? Do you take on all the work, and work 15-hour days, skipping meals and stressing out for the next two weeks? Do you refuse some work and potentially lose a valuable client or two? Or, do you ask for help and outsource some of your work, keeping both your clients and your sanity?
Another way outsourcing can help freelancers is by working for an outsourcing company. Outsourced workers often get the same perks as being a freelancer, but with all the other benefits of being a contractor. And after some time freelancing, a stable job with a regular paycheque and opportunities for career growth sounds like heaven.
What are the Advantages of Outsourcing For Your Business?
Businesses large and small benefit from outsourcing simply because there isn’t enough time in a day to complete all required tasks efficiently. Whether you outsource for customer support, answering the never-ending calls and e-mails, or you need a project manager to take on that project you can never get around to, outsourcing lends the expert helping hand to help your business succeed and grow.
Outsourcing companies often perform diligent screening and training of all their workers, so you can be rest assured knowing your clients and business will be dealing with professional, courteous people.
Outsourcing is also a scalable service. So you only hire on professional support for specific jobs when you need it. This helps cut back on the costs of hiring and training in-house staff that you may only need for a short period of time.
Why Contract Work Offers Greater Consistency
For businesses, contract work offers greater consistency because the outsourced support is already trained. When outsourced support contractors are hired to work for a business, they come prepared, already trained to perform specific, sought-after tasks. Their employer will provide extensive training that is in line with the business client’s needs.
For freelancers, contract work means more consistent hours working and job security for the foreseeable future. This consistency means freelancers don’t have to stress as much about how much money they will earn in the next month. And many outsourcing companies have positions for a variety of expertise, whether its customer support, tech support, or content production.
Why It's Important to Build Working Relationships
The well-known secret to finding a job is, “It’s all about who you know.” And this couldn’t be truer for freelancers. Freelancers often rely on networking to find and keep clients. These working relationships can pay off in the long run when an excellent job opportunity comes knocking. And, at the very least, it means someone will have your back when you need a reference for a new job.
For businesses, having a working relationship with contractors is also very beneficial. It helps boost communication, efficiency, and ensures your vision and needs are being met.
Overworking, losing clients, and crumbling under stress is never fun. So if your business needs an extra hand or two, consider business outsourcing.
And if you’re sick of the 9-to-5 job and you’re looking at freelancing as an option, or you’re burnt out as a freelancer, eyeing that stable office job, why not choose the best of both worlds and consider a career in outsourcing professional support?