Everything has its pros and cons especially freelancing. When it comes to outsourcing and freelancing it is important to make an in depth and qualified judgment before hiring. It is easy for a freelancer to claim ‘they are the best’ or what they do is ‘better than anyone else’. Trust only the reviews and opinions of your peers, including feedback and comments. This is the most natural form of criticism and certainly the most valuable. Below is a list of disadvantages of freelancing – be sure to look out for these key components when seeking to freelance:
Productivity and Self Discipline
The very first thing freelancers require is self motivation. With no supervisors or managers, freelancers have to push themselves to work at an optimal level. Often they work autonomously, so ensure you have them record their time and tasks in a spreadsheet.
To overcome this professional hazard, freelancers often draw lines that mark the boundaries between their personal and professional lives. Some freelancers are not as skilled as others and work extensive hours to win and maintain your business. Ensure your freelancer works only a standard work day and is refreshed for the long run.
Lack of Security
Certain jobs are more desirable than others because of the security they offer to employees. Freelancers can fear their job security which will affect their performance. Re-assurance that they have your support will always encourage the best out of them.
Since freelancing offers much flexibility in terms of who you can serve and when you can work, customers expect you to be ever present to serve them. This requires freelancers to be ready to cater to their clients round the clock. This is especially a problem with International time zones and time differences. Be willing to speak to your freelancer after hours via skype, email or even telephone.
There will be times when the language barrier can affect communication. Some of the best workers in the world are not able to speak English fluently. It is extremely important that your instructions are concise, clear and not full of complicated terms and phrases. Your use of language will have a direct affect on the quality of work you receive from an outsourced party. Be wise and be clear!
There are many advantages for using an outsourcing service, but always keep in mind the disadvantages before employing your next freelancer.