Working with freelancers vs full-time staff

Have you ever thought of working with a team of people who have never met, will never meet and just work on a project for you?  These individuals would all work from home, or from their own offices and all offer pieces of the puzzle to complete the job that you need doing. This is how many companies work with freelancers and project based workers. Not in a sense that these people we are speaking of don’t have a sense of teamwork in the group, they can work in the group and be temporarily connected to people, but they are freelancers.  They are divided in terms of not being totally inclined to work solely for your business eight hours a day. 

Before we dive into what is like working with a freelancer compared to working with full-time staff, let us look at the statistics first. According to the United Kingdom’s Freelance Industry Statistics 2022, the workforce in the United Kingdom who engage as freelancers provide an estimated £125 billion in annual contributions to the country’s economy.

As with any work environment choice, there are several advantages and disadvantages of being with freelancers compared to full-time staff. However, a combination of both might be a good model of productiveness too. Now, what is it like to work with freelancers vs full-time staff? 

First, depending on their project, anyone that joins your organisation for a certain length of time or a project is classified as a freelancer or a contractor. Their employment with your organisation will come to an end after the project is completed unlike with full-time staff you can bond with them through whatever projects may come or even if there is none at all. Of course, the time of work is also considered. Working hours for freelancers vary widely; some are more productive in the afternoon, while others enjoy the late hours of the night. It is up to them when and where they want to work for as long as they do the task which is very unlikely for full-time staff who are expected to be in the office or at least expected to complete an eight-hour shift. 

Full time staff get paid for vacations, coffee breaks, lunch breaks. 

Freelance staff get paid for their work and for completing a project. 

Full time staff have benefits, sick pay, insurance, health care, and other such financial support. And you pay their taxes and National Insurance.

Freelance staff pay their own taxes and contributions and only get paid for when they work.

Full time staff need a uniform, name badge, desk, and resources to do their job.

Freelance provide their own.

There are many more differences. 

In the end, it comes down to hiring full-time staff or relying on your own abilities. Full-time workers need to know as much about the organisation as necessary to grow their careers.  Even yet, employing a freelancer makes sense if you have more flexibility, can work in sections, or require specialised talents for a short time.

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