There are a multitude of reasons why to opt for a freelance rather than an employee. These are sometimes strategic, managerial, or economic.
The Covid 19 crisis makes the climate particularly favourable for calling on self-employed workers, highlighting the difficulties that companies have in dealing with an excessively large wage bill. Just as the 2008-2009 crisis favoured the “gig economy” around the world, there is no doubt that the Covid 19 crisis will result in the emergence of freelancing and part time jobs in Mauritius.
We have selected for you the Top 5 reasons why you should hire freelancers!
Achieve flexibility and responsiveness
The inherent flexibility of a freelance keeps him in the forefront of staffing solutions.
It is a cost-effective way to replace employees who go out on family leave, maternity leave, vacation and sabbaticals. Freelancers can also help you cope with a peak in activity (such as an extra salesperson in your store during the Christmas season) or fill a part time job.
Not to mention that once your need for resources decreases, you won’t have to go through the same administrative and financial formalities resulting from the decision to lay off staff. Indeed, a freelance is hired for a predefined period of time or for a project that ends when the deliverable agreed upon beforehand is delivered.
Having highly productive staff
Provided that the freelancer works for a defined and precise mission, with a limited duration, he is totally dedicated to the mission entrusted to him. Indeed, one of the main objectives of a freelancer is to build customer loyalty to ensure future assignments. This is why professionalism, efficiency, reactivity and flexibility are his watchwords!
Reduce overall staffing costs
The cost of a freelancer may seem high at first glance, but it turns out it’s not when compared to a salaried employee in a company. Indeed, a freelance is only present for a very specific project, well defined in time. Whereas hiring an employee necessarily leads to a longer-term commitment. If one compares the costs for a company in Mauritius, the service provided by a freelance is much lower since the company pays the worker over a shorter period of time and does not have to pay the charges and taxes that would arise from hiring an employee (NPF, NPS, Levy, Insurance, local and sick leaves, office spaces and equipment…).
Valuable technical expertise and external vision
By hiring a freelance, companies offer themselves the benefit of well-founded expertise and advanced skills in a specific field. Today’s freelancers are present in all fields, at any level of experience. Nowadays, companies can hire computer specialists, creative people and even senior executives on a freelancing basis to fill short-term or part time needs.
Ability to “try out” potential future hires
You have an urgent need but you are not confident in the candidate? A profile attracts you but you have no particular need and you want to know your return on investment before embarking on a permanent hiring? Offering a freelance contract to start with is an excellent way to test the skills and ability of this person to adapt to your business environment before offering him or her a long-term employment contract.
However, hiring freelancers isn’t a cure-all. There are times when hiring permanent workers is the better solution. Self-employed workers may take more time to get up to speed with company procedures, and they may not possess the same level of loyalty as your regular employees.
Thus, for each position to be filled in your company, we advise you to ask yourself the following questions in order to define the appropriate collaboration agreement.
|If NO, then consider a(n)…||If YES, then consider a(n)…|
|1. Can your in-house resources complete the work by deadline, without sacrificing other projects?||FREELANCE||EMPLOYEE|
|2. Is this a long-term need?||FREELANCE||EMPLOYEE|
|3. Does the work require special skills training?||FREELANCE||EMPLOYEE|
|4. Does the worker have to perform this specific job full-time and exclusively?||FREELANCE||EMPLOYEE|
|5. Can the worker decide when the work’s done and from where?||EMPLOYEE||FREELANCE|