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Common Challenges When Working With Freelancers

Common Challenges When Working With Freelancers

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Arn Houthooft, 2019/10/08

Working with freelancers can be a great way to scale your agency. Today’s digital nomads are flexible, bring expertise to your projects, and are often more affordable than hiring an employee.

But working with freelancers isn’t always rainbows and sunshine.

Here are the most common challenges agencies face when they collaborate with freelancers in a traditional way:

Availability

The best freelancers often have a busy schedule. This makes it hard to fit in extra work. It can feel like a hassle when you need to contact the freelancer and wait days for every small adjustment of your project - or just even to receive a price quote.

Dependency

The collaboration with a freelancer sometimes results in an agency becoming entirely dependent. Every time the client requests a small change, the agency requires the help of the freelancer to actually make the change. And don’t even think about the worst case scenario where the freelancer decides he/she doesn’t have the time anymore to work on your projects.

"I used to work with a freelancer to set up websites for my clients. I was totally dependent on him. But at some point he got a new job and said he didn’t have the time anymore."

Transparency

Freelancers generally work at an hourly rate. This can lead to suspicion and stress between both parties, because there’s a direct conflict of interest between freelancers and clients: The client wants the job to be done as fast as possible, the freelancer benefits from taking more time.

There’s also the hidden costs of maintenance: Every time the system needs an update, the freelancer will have to charge for his/her work. This makes it difficult to estimate your margins and the long-term cost of a project.

Communication

Agencies often work with more than one freelance. This can quickly become a mess and a hassle to manage your entire portfolio. Projects are scattered among different hosting partners, content management systems, and freelancers.

Cloud Freelance

Opportunities In The Cloud!

Cloud technology empowers agencies and studios to take back ownership of their different projects and reduce their dependence on freelancers.

It’s no longer necessary to collaborate with a freelancer for setting up hosting, maintain infrastructure and perform updates. These tasks are automated by the cloud platform.

This technological evolution doesn’t mean freelance work is dead. In contrary, thanks to cloud technology freelance becomes what it was meant to be: temporary. Freelancers can once again focus on the work they get hired for in the first place: building websites.

Traditional Freelance vs Cloud Freelance

Cloud freelancers are more flexible, efficient and effective than traditional freelancers and are a possible solution to many of the challenges.

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