We’ve helped so many great companies find their dream hires, we wanted to highlight the step that’s commonly overlooked—asking yourself what type of hire you need for your projects before you hire! Some projects need a permanent leader in the role while other roles require a part-time pro. Companies run the risk of hiring too hastily, thereby wasting funds and precious time. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you decide which type of hire you should be searching for…
Is this a brand new role?
You might think that you’ll always need a full-timer for a brand new role, but, surprise, this would be a great opportunity to audition a freelancer first. While your freelancer gets up and running, you can continue hiring efforts for a full-timer—but without the pressure to hire ASAP. Meanwhile, if they’re interested and apply, the freelancer might be a great fit that you end up hiring for the position full-time. Your teams will also thank you for filling the labor gap in the interim. This is a win-win for all parties involved.
Is the project seasonal or short-lived?
We’ll call this a no-brainer, but it’s important to mention this: Freelancers work best as seasonal hires and to fill in on project sprints. BUT make sure the freelancers you are hiring are appropriate for the level of work you need completed. Also, weigh the pros and cons of hiring freelancers for a job like this. Be honest with your needs and be willing to pay more for freelancers with a lot more experience to achieve the best possible outcome for your project.
Does the project need to be completed ASAP?
Freelancers are the optimal choice here. They’re used to jumping in quickly, acclimating to your needs, and getting things done. Plus, you can hire from one of the largest talent pools because everyone is able to work remotely these days. Again, be sure to vet their portfolio to ensure you’re hiring the right freelancer for the end results you want. But a freelancer also has the incentive to get your job done fast and on-point because it means they can invoice you that much quicker once the job is done.
Does this role demand consistency and company loyalty?
This is one situation where you’ll want to hire a full-timer—but be prepared for the process to take as long as it takes. Hiring a full-time employee takes time and you don’t want to rush into hiring just because there is work that needs to be done. If that’s the case, hire a freelancer while you search.
Still not sure? Ask your employees.
If you’re not sure if you should hire a freelancer versus a full-time employee, ask your team members that would be working directly with this person to advise. Of course, the leader within the team will add their input or even write up the full job description. But others on the team can weigh in on the length of the project, what type of help they’ll need, and how much help they’ll need to finish it. Never overlook how well these people will know best what this role requires and will appreciate that you’re asking them for their opinions.
If it seems like we’re advocating for freelancers, we absolutely are! But we also recognize that some freelancers who were driven toward contract work during the pandemic are possibly interested in full-time work, too. All we’re saying is don’t knock or overlook the power of freelance workers—they’re there to help you innovate, even while you’re still searching for that full-time powerhouse employee.
Say, if you’re looking for rockstar employees or part-time help, we’ve got a list of top-level talent that’s ready to hire.