;
Freelancer vs. Remote Worker
what is the difference and who should you hire for
your small or medium business?
Freelancer vs. Remote Worker
what is the difference and who should you hire for your small or medium business?
Anastasia Shiverskikh
Marketing Manager @ HRimplant
JANUARY, 31 / 2020
Hiring can be a real headache. As a small or medium business, you are faced with a number of challenges, from the fact that you can't offer a salary that could compete with that of bigger companies to the lack of time and the right tools to find the best suitable candidate.

That is why an increasing number of businesses turn to outsourcing, or hiring freelancers, for different projects. But today there is a better - and a more sustainable option.
According to Zapier, 95 percent of U.S. knowledge workers want to work remotely, and 74 percent are ready to quit their current job to be able to do so.
First things first, who are remote workers? Are they the same as freelancers? The simple answer is no, although they may seem similar at first. Remote workers, or telecommuters, are your company's employees, just like any others, except they don't work from the office, but instead from home or wherever they feel most comfortable. The main difference between freelancers and remote workers is that freelancers are not employed, but rather contracted by you, for a limited period of time (often for the duration of a project), whereas remote employees sign a contract with your company and can be working full-time.

Why do employees decide to go remote? There can be many reasons, the primary being the need for more flexibility at work, wanting to achieve a better life-work balance and avoiding a stressful commute. Thanks to modern technology, being physically present in the office is becoming more and more obsolete and often today all you need to work on your daily tasks is your computer and a stable internet connection.

If you think remote work is more an exception than the rule, think again. According to this Remote Work Report by Zapier released in 2019, 95 percent of U.S. knowledge workers want to work remotely, and 74 percent are ready to quit their current job to be able to do so. So how to know who is a better hire for your business, a freelancer or a remote worker? Here are some facts to help you decide:
Successful businesses know, your culture is your brand. A big part of every company's success lies in aligning their culture and brand as it creates a competitive advantage and ensuresgrowth. How strong your culture is, heavily depends on how committed your employees are to building and maintaining it. Your remote employees are more likely than freelancers to feel ownership over the company's culture and share your company's values, which is essential when you're trying to build a brand that is recognized by many.

Download How to Hire and Manage Remote Staff: Checklist for Managers


4
Finally, choosing remote workers over freelancers positively affects relationships with your clients

Another important part of your brand is the impression your clients form when interacting with your employees. Customers and business clients always look for consistently good service and in order to ensure that consistency, you need a team that works seamlessly to provide it. Unlike freelancers, who don't feel personally responsible for your company's success, your remote workers make sure your company's values and goals always guide their actions when interacting with your clients.

The bottom line is, whether to hire a freelancer or a remote worker does not have one definite answer and will depend on a number of factors. Before making a hiring decision, consider how often and for how long you are going to require the services of that professional you're looking for (which will in turn help you estimate the budget), what your goals are with the job you're trying to fill, the job description itself (whether the job to be done is a one-time thing or more long-term), etc.

Hiring a remote worker ultimately seems to be more rewarding, as you save time and money in the long run, as well as get all the benefits of having an employee without the extra office rent cost.
Looking for a remote worker?
Let us help you find them

1
Hiring remote workers instead of freelancers saves you money and time in the long run

Even though it may at first seem that it is less costly to hire a freelancer than invest in a remote worker, the numbers tell otherwise. While paying for freelancer's services might save you some money in the moment, the ordeal of looking for a freelancer over and over again costs you the energy and time of your HR (or your own if you are a small business or just starting out), not to mention the overall bill you will pay. While contracting freelancers can be less expensive than hiring an office worker, when you turn to the remote option, the benefits clearly outweigh the cost. When done right, investing in a remote employee can provide you with an engaged and loyal team member who will grow into their role and can be eventually given more responsibility.


2
Hiring remote workers helps ensure a consistently high quality of your projects

Getting a freelancer to do the work may be a risky endeavor. What a freelancer delivers might not always live up to your expectations. Full-time remote workers have a better understanding of your business' goals and your clients' needs, as well as feel more ownership over their work, which usually leads to better results. Besides, your most trusted freelancers might not always be available but your best remote workers are always there for your company which means you never have to settle for the results you're not 100% happy with.


3

Remote workers ultimately help strengthen your brand

Successful businesses know, your culture is your brand. A big part of every company's success lies in aligning their culture and brand as it creates a competitive advantage and ensures growth. How strong your culture is, heavily depends on how committed your employees are to building and maintaining it. Your remote employees are more likely than freelancers to feel ownership of the company's culture and share your company's values, which is ultimately essential when you're trying to build a brand that's recognized by many.

4
Finally, choosing remote workers over freelancers positively affects the relationships with your clients

Another important part of your brand is the impression your clients form when interacting with your employees. Customers and business clients always look for consistently good service and in order to ensure that consistency, you need a team that works seamlessly to provide it. Unlike freelancers, who don't feel personally responsible for your company's success, your remote workers make sure your company's values and goals always guide their actions when interacting with your client.

Looking for a remote worker?
Let us help you find them
Made on
Tilda