Could Freelancers Move Your Business Forward?

Submitted by Mark on 17th July 2017

HR, Freelancers, Gig economy, flexible working, employees, recruiting

It’s estimated that there are around 2 million freelancers operating in the UK, and recently they’ve had their fair share of media attention.

The ‘gig’ economy has become the new buzz word and firms like Uber and Deliveroo have been in the spotlight for the way they treat the people working for them.  

The world of work is changing fast, and the face of employment is looking very different from what it did just a few years ago. 

But what does this mean for your business? 

Is it possible to harness talent on a more flexible basis and keep your reputation as a fair employer? 

Could you be losing out on some great opportunities by sticking with traditional ways of resourcing your business?

Here are a few things to consider….

Any relationship with Freelancers should be properly managed.  You may have fewer legal obligations, but the reputation of your business could be in jeopardy if you don’t get it right.  Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous business owners out there who have ruthlessly used the gig economy.  It’s important that you act ethically and fairly; for moral reasons and to protect your brand image.

There are benefits in working with Freelancers; however, there are also potential pitfalls to consider.  How will you find the right people? Will they be as committed as permanent employees would be? Will they be available when you need them? How much should you pay them?  Will they solicit your clients for themselves?  These are all real issues that need to be considered.
 
There is a wealth of talent available at your fingertips.  Need technical support but don’t have the budget or requirement to recruit a permanent resource?  A freelancer could help.  Looking for an extra pair of hands to support with an ad-hoc project or struggling to find specialist skills?  It’s very possible that a freelancer somewhere could step in and deliver what you’re looking for. 

If you want to enjoy the benefits of creating a more flexible and agile workforce, then let’s talk.  You can get in touch by completing the Contact Form or calling us on 01604 763494 to arrange your no-obligation discussion.