Want change? Consider hiring a freelancer

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You might feel like you’re running on a treadmill. You’re knocking things off the to-do list, but never getting anywhere.

It’s not that you lack vision. You probably have a written strategy or at least a general idea of what you want to do. You’re just not able to pull together the resources to make it happen. Or, you don’t have the skillsets on your current team. Hiring a freelancer might be the solution you need.

The gig economy is growing. Businesses and organizations want to be able to pull in the skills when they need them, on more of an ad hoc basis. I’ve seen this positioned as both positive and negative. From my perspective, I’ve chosen to work freelance because it helps me live the lifestyle I want, plus it lets me do the work I love. I don’t view it as precarious employment. It’s an evolution of how we work.

4 reasons to hire a freelancer to help you with a transformation

Get a fresh perspective and ignite creativity at your organization

Someone who isn’t trapped in the organizational comfort zone may be more willing to suggest new ways. They can help galvanize the innovators you have on staff who were looking for permission to evolve.

Get specific tasks done quickly

A freelancer can take something specific off your list. Freelancers aren’t dealing with the day-to-day work at your organization so it’ll get done.

Get more value for money

I develop new ideas, consider language, and see connections that could help my clients. If our relationship is long-term, then the value grows. You benefit from the range of experiences I’ve had. Plus, my professional development isn’t your responsibility. And finally, you don’t cover my benefits.

You can test drive the freelance relationship

Freelancers are committing to your business or organization as much as you’re making a commitment to them. The relationship is easier to end than a formal employment relationship if either party feels it’s not a great fit.

Truth is, we’re choosing each other

Since starting my freelance work, I’ve learned not to jump at every opportunity.

I crave work relationships with colleagues who care about society and each other. They’re positive and motivated to work for improvement. They’re not afraid to admit what they don’t know.

I’m drawn to daring leaders who are both compassionate and competent, and who want to be on the right side of history.

Here are qualities I love to see in leaders:

  • have an equity lens to evaluate decisions
  • partner with employees  
  • willing to be different/take a stand
  • work in partnership and collaboration with other groups and organizations in the community
  • positive, optimistic and a source of hope for the people whose lives they’re part of

How to find a freelancer

If you’re looking for a content writer, I may be able to assist. There are many freelancers out there. Here’s some advice on how to find the right one for you.

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