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Full-Time or Freelance? Understanding Your Staffing Options

When you first start a business, you do everything out of necessity. But as you grow your business, you begin to look at your options for hiring other people. Here’s your guide to finding the best staffing option.

You Need a Little Help and Have a Small Budget

Before you say “I can’t afford to hire anyone,” hear me out. Many small business owners don’t realize they can afford to hire someone, just not full time. Freelancers or interns are ideal if you’re in this situation. A freelancer works just the hours you pay her for, and can help with things like:

  • Writing/blogging
  • Graphic design
  • Website design
  •  Marketing
  • Social media

You can discuss what you need and get an estimate of what it will cost each month. A freelancer typically won’t work in your office. Alternately, if you choose an intern, you may not have to pay them, depending on what local laws are for working with interns. Just keep in mind you’ll have to spend more time training a newbie, which can take away from what you should be working on.

You Have Regular Staffing Needs, But Want a Professional

If you’re leery of working with a freelancer (for which the stereotype is often that they’re unreliable; not always true, but is that a risk you’re willing to take?), consider hiring an agency for your needs. Sounds expensive, but it’s not necessarily. Typically you work out a retainer for a set amount of hours or tasks each month, and that’s all you’ll pay. The advantage is you’ll work with someone with tons of experience in whatever it is you need.

You Want Someone Around the Office, Just Not Full Time

As you move up the ladder of employment needs, we get to part-time work. If you have enough work to warrant someone being in the office and being part of your team, but not enough to pay a full-time salary, part time is the way to go. You might even move that position to full time when you get busy enough. Benefits of part timers include: not having to pay benefits and flexible schedule arrangement.

Full-Time: The Ultimate Employee

If you’ve moved all the way to the top in your employment needs, you’re now ready for a full-time worker or two! Having someone who is dedicated to your business 40 hours a week can take a huge load off of you. You’ll no longer be in charge of everything, and you can focus on the tasks you need to do as the business owner. Be prepared to offer a competitive salary and benefits package.

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Susan Payton

Susan Payton

Susan Payton is the President of Egg Marketing & Communications, an Internet marketing firm specializing in content marketing, social media management, and press releases. Susan is also the founder of How to Create a Press Release. She blogs about marketing on her blog: The Marketing Eggspert Blog, and also writes on Small Business Trends and BizLaunch. Susan has written several books, including DIY Press Releases, 101 Entrepreneur Tips and Internet Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs. Follow her on Twitter @eggmarketing or on Google+

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  1. Using contracted workers/freelancers are really the best way to go for small businesses. Many times they just need the labor to complete a larger project, rather than on-going work.

    For example, I’ve heard people recommend to wait until you hit the $1 million revenue mark before you hire on a full-time marketing person. Either pull in a freelancer or part-time worker to do the misc marketing work until you hit that marker — otherwise there’s probably not enough work or best use of allotting the salary to hire on a full-time marketing person. Not a fact — just a general idea.

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