Hiring a Freelancer During Bad Economic Times
Hiring a Freelancer During Bad Economic Times

Times are tough. News of the American recession seems to get worse every day. It’s hit everyone in the United States. Not just those who work in factories, but company owners, independent contractors, and even stay-at-home moms. Not only that, other countries are getting hit by these poor economic times. It’s affecting the entire world.

Although it all seems hard to handle, we still have to move on and keep working. Industries will always need marketing material, novels, scripts, and someone who can write them.

You have a choice. You can keep hiring full time writers to work within your in house staff, or you can use the help of a freelance writer.

Freelancer Versus Full-Time Employee

This is the common problem. The traditional route is to hire someone to join your team. The only problem is that you’ll have to pay them a full time salary. While this might be okay in better times, most companies just can’t afford it these days.

In walks the freelance writer.

Right away you can save money with a freelance writer. You won’t be paying them to sit in a cubicle all day, five days a week, nor will you spend money on benefits. Instead, you let them work from home while you only pay for the work you want accomplished.

Doesn’t sound too bad, does it?

You only pay for what you want. Need a web content article introducing a new product? Hire the freelancer to do it and spend your money only on what they create.

Then again, you need to be able to trust the freelancer. You won’t be able to look over their shoulder like a full time company employee, making sure they’re working. Then again, if you’re paying by project and not by hour, it won’t matter anyway.

Tips for Hiring a Freelance Writer

  1. Times are tough for everyone. While you may ask for lowered rates, keep in mind that the freelancer is trying to get by as well. If you both work to agree on a reasonable price for a service, you’ll be happy.
  2. Look for freelancers with experience. You want to make your company look good, right? Then you may want to bypass the junior writers who are willing to sell themselves for pennies. While it’s cheaper, you get what you pay for.
  3. Be up front about your budget and your needs. When you tell a writer what you’re willing to pay, as well as your project needs, it’ll make it easier from the start. After all, you want them to choose to work with you, right?
  4. Refer your favorite freelancers. If you’ve worked with someone who really hit the ball out of the park, share them with your business contacts. This shows your appreciation and helps keep your favorite writer in business. If they’re busy or on vacation, the freelancer can do the same by referring you to another writer.

Although it’s timely now, this advice is still good even when the economy is doing great. Freelancers cost less money when compared to a full time employee, and working with them can really be a blast.


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