If you’re a small business and having difficulty filling open positions, you aren’t alone. A recent report by the National Federation of Independent Businesses found that 37% of small firms had jobs they could not fill. A strong economy, and low unemployment equal fierce competition for qualified candidates. Unfortunately, small businesses are at a disadvantage because larger companies can afford to pay higher salaries and benefits.
With less employees, but a growing amount of work, outsourcing is one solution to help keep your business on track. With the growth of the gig economy, small business owners can employ highly qualified talent outside the four walls of their company. Whatever the term; freelancers, virtual support, or remote workers are not only here to stay but a growing segment of the job market.
The advantages to hiring remote workers for small businesses include:
Most freelancers have highly specialized skills in specific areas such as marketing, IT, copy writing, book keeping, and more. You can hire for specific skill gaps in your organization.
Business owners will save money. You’ll pay the professional’s hourly or retainer rate without the added expense of taxes and benefits.
40 hours a week, 5 days a week. How much of that time is actual productive work? Let’s face it. You’re paying for meetings, chatting with co-workers, web surfing, and other activities not directly related to the actual work tasks when you have a salaried employee. With a freelancer, you pay only on productivity.