How To Manage A Freelance Workforce

Adopt an anti-management approach for freelancers

The key to a healthy relationship is communication.

A freelancer will often be working on multiple projects for a range of clients simultaneously, all of whom require their focus, creativity and time. Whilst a freelancer will give their all to each client whilst clocked in, they are not always accessible to change or adapt work outside of these hours.

Milestones and motivation

Staying on top of a project is vital whether a freelancer is working remotely or not. Carly Vidal Wallace from fashion company Not Just A Label (NJAL) says that she uses “different project management systems from Asana to Wunderlist as well as the multiple types of video conferences apps which exist to regularly be in communication visually as well.” Advancements in the way we can connect via video, screen sharing and voice is facilitating remote working relationships like never before.

Feeling like part of the family

When it comes to getting the job done, freelancers have one huge advantage. They are much less likely to be involved in the company’s social structure and office politics which means they are free to exclusively concentrate on the work at hand. Remember, the hierarchical structure of employer and employee doesn’t work as well when it comes to freelancers. We’ve found that treating freelancers like business partners or collaborators will provide the foundation for a healthy working relationship.

Capitalising on their skillset

A freelancer’s unique set of skills often produces fresh perspectives and ideas that full-time employees wouldn’t have thought of. Our very own Matt Dowling, founder of Freelancer Club notes how “the best part about working with freelancers is that they are masters of their craft and often bring a huge amount of value to a project above and beyond my expectations. They are typically more versed in self-management and don’t require as much of my time as an employee.” This is reiterated by Vidal Wallace who notes “as freelancers are working on so many different types of projects for multiple clients, they never get stale and always have innovative ideas. We also find they are ready to jump in and embrace any size project.

Conclusion

Despite the challenges, hiring freelancers in the UK and internationally is not slowing down. In fact, it’s rapidly speeding up. The UK’s is now home to an “estimated 5 million self-employed people,” according to consultancy.uk.

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