The costs of having a developer on staff is rising and many companies are looking for different options. Hiring a freelance developer is an ideal option for small businesses, start-ups and those with development budgets. There are many benefits to hiring a freelancer, some of which are discussed here.
Reliable Freelancer Options
Regardless of previous rantings about freelancers, there are an ample number of reliable persons available. Freelancers that are experts in their field often prefer to stay freelancers so that they can work on several projects at a time and have flexibility. In 98% of companies polled, the employers were well-satisfied with the work completed by a freelancer.
Freelancers do have portfolios, resumes and references. Some also have letters of recommendation and degrees from colleges and technical schools. Many have a misconception that freelancers are uneducated in their fields.
Knowledge in Tech Trends
Freelancers pride themselves on staying “in-the-know”. What this means is that they pay attention to new concepts and trends. This helps them maximize your online reputation and website functionality and helps them stay in-demand for other companies. Essentially, it is a win-win situation.
Trends help companies keep a positive reputation and increases the number of positive consumer reviews that are given.
More Freelancers Available
Nowadays there are more freelancers in general available. Each freelancer has a unique set of skills and abilities to offer to your company. Many are also competitive or flexible in pricing should you have budget restraints. The diversity of the freelancers available in today’s workforce are more qualified and experienced than in recent years.
With the worker pool being larger and more skill, companies are able to pick and choose exactly what skills sets their needs require.
Not on Payroll
Freelancers are not on a company’s payroll. This reduces regular overhead for the company and does help their annual payroll percentages versus company revenues for profit reasons. Freelancers are contracted for a specific period of time. Some contracts work at a designated hourly rate with an hour cap per week. Other contracts offer a salary or fixed rate per week. Some occasions use a per job flat rate.
Another benefit to not having a freelancer on payroll is that you do not have to use the same developer for every project. You have the option of hiring a different developer for each project or a team of multiple developers to handle specific tasks.
Screening Services Available
There are services available to companies that will prescreen potential freelancers. Some will also run background checks and federal screening checks. This helps you narrow the field down to the most trustworthy and most skilled developers in the pool for your needs. These services are valuable to companies because you cannot always “take someone’s word for it” that a freelancer is good at what they do.
Take the time to use the service to make sure that you have the absolute perfect freelancer for your developing and engineering needs.
Freelancers learn many tricks of the trade simply by doing. They create their own system that works far better than trained and permanently employed developers. They have the time in their schedules to stay up-to-date on trends and changing protocols. This enables them to be more versatile than a traditional employee, making a freelancer more valuable to a company in many instances. For a freelance developer, a company’s satisfaction with them is a reflection of their dedication to their profession. Working hard and obtaining recommendations and positive feedback is what helps them further their careers and become more in-demand. The increased number of freelancers available makes the field more competitive.