We live in the age of the freelance economy. Some 53 million Americans currently freelance, reports Forbes magazine, and by 2020 half of all workers will be engaged in some kind of freelance work, full- or part-time. In addition, more than a third of U.S. workers currently telecommute or otherwise work elsewhere than their firm’s offices. Whether you are looking to add services or expand into a new market, hiring a professional who will work offsite has its advantages.
With today’s mobile technology, engaging with and managing a remote worker is much easier than it would have been just a few years ago. This means you are not limited to the pool of candidates who live within commuting distance or are willing to relocate. Having someone in a different time zone can in some instances also be an advantage. You may also be able to obtain services for a lower fee or hourly rate, depending on location. If you are looking to enter a new market, you can find someone who already knows the area and has a local network.
Just as with any other employee, you want to be sure the remote worker, whether an employee or freelancer, meshes with your firm’s culture and ways of doing business. Especially if the remote worker is an employee, they should develop a working relationship other employees so as to become more integrated into the day-to-day workings of the firm.
When hiring a remote worker, it is crucial that you verify skills and abilities, as well as thoroughly check their background and references. At DMC, we have the tools and experience to manage this process efficiently and reliably, so you can be confident you’ve made the right hire. Contact us, and let’s discuss your hiring needs and the best way to meet them.