There’s no escaping the reality that the Coronavirus crisis has presented businesses of all sizes with unprecedented challenges. Those that have managed to continue with little or no income can count themselves lucky. While staying afloat obviously remains priority number one, organizations also need to start planning their post-COVID-19 recovery plan. And, no matter how big or small your business is, freelancers (either remote or on-site full-time) should be a part of that plan.
Here are a few reasons why:
Now, more than ever, businesses need to be able to leap on potential business opportunities as soon as they appear. Doing so successfully means having the right expertise on hand right away. But upskilling your staff takes time and prevents them from attending to other important work. Hiring, meanwhile, is time-consuming and may not be responsible in the short to medium term. With the right freelancer, you can get the exact expertise you need quickly, allowing you to keep the business flowing in.
No geographical barrier
If the Covid-19 crisis has taught us anything, it’s that we don’t need to be in the same offices, or even city as our colleagues to work effectively with them. The same is true of freelancers. With the technology you’ve been using to keep your office running, you can collaborate with a freelancer on the other side of the planet. Not having the right expertise in the same city you’re in is no longer a problem. As we have witnessed during these trying times, top talent is evenly distributed across the world.
Hiring a full-time staff member can be an expensive endeavour. Advertising on job boards, paying for social media promotion, and recruiter fees can all add up. That’s to say nothing of the business costs associated with reviewing candidate CVs and time lost to interviews. Using a freelance platform like Linkdpro, you can eliminate many of those costs. Not only will you be matched with the top 5% of freelance talent handpicked for your requirements, but you’ll also get fully vetted and qualified freelancers within 24 hours, allowing you to compare profiles, references and previous work and quickly choose your best fit across areas such as software development, design, product management, finance and management consulting.
A new normal
As businesses look to rebuild and recover in the wake of Covid-19, and at the same time transition to the fourth industrial revolution, each of the aforementioned factors will become increasingly important. Trying to do the things they’ve always been doing will simply not suffice in the new normal, especially when using freelance talent offers so many clear business benefits. And, as the new order of the day will be characterized by nimbleness and cost-containment, it is not surprising to see an increasing number of businesses implementing flexible work environments that include the use of freelancers.
Top Tip #1
Don’t treat your freelancer as an outsider. For the duration of the assignment for which you have engaged the freelancer, they’re a part of your core team. For them to succeed, you should give them access to the same array of tools, including ones for communication, productivity, and human resources, that your full-time employees use.
Top Tip #2
Linkdpro doesn’t just make it easy for you to find top-quality freelancers in software development, design, product management, finance and management consulting, we also make it easy for you to directly message or video call freelancers and seamlessly share files on our platform. That’s a seamless collaboration made simple.