• Beware Unhappy Freelancers: Mistakes To Avoid When Dealing with Independent Contractors

    A happy, productive team of freelancers is beneficial to any business. Freelancers who often take part in remote work include IT support, content writers, graphic designers, web designers and more. Avoiding common mistakes helps your company maintain a positive relationship with independent contractors. To help you navigate working with contractors, avoid these errors when working with freelancers. 

    Prioritizing Pay Over Positive Associations with Your Company

    While fair, competitive pay matters to freelancers, they also have the freedom to choose companies they enjoy working for. Decide how you want to set your business apart from others. Employers willing to invest in their contractors receive more loyalty than those who do not.

    Acknowledge each freelancer's efforts and provide commendation when they deserve it. Workers who feel appreciated do better work and exhibit more company loyalty. Provide training courses and other resources for a freelancer to develop his or her skills.

    Failing to Integrate Contractors into the Team

    You cannot expect freelancers to seamlessly work with your employees if you put no effort toward integrating them. Do not treat contractors like separate entities. Freelancers help build your company and its reputation via high-quality work.

    If a contractor feels like an outsider, he or she may move quickly to a new company. Pair him or her with an established team member to help settle into the role. Treat your contractors the same way you treat any of your workers. For instance, if your company hosts business-wide events or Zoom calls to discuss projects, include the contractors. Likewise, offering perks and benefits, such as gym access or company lunches, can increase a sense of belonging.

    Slacking on Administrative Tasks Ahead of Time

    Choosing a business structure is one of the most important aspects of starting a business. One structure idea is to form a limited liability company or LLC. An LLC in CT offers tax advantages, less paperwork, limited liability and flexibility. Another option you might be interested in is a CT S corp, which enables you to net tax deductions on company losses and exercise the option of pass-through taxation. A formation agency can file your business’s paperwork on your behalf for a fraction of the cost of an attorney. 

    You can hire freelancers from all over the world if you wish. Search online job boards for remote freelancers. Before you search, know how you plan to pay the workers. Paying international workers through typical payment platforms and international wire transfers is cost-prohibitive, so research low-fee payment methods.

    Sleeping on Communication Strategies

    According to the experts, there are various ways to communicate with freelancers, including:

    • Face-to-face conversation

    • Telephone conversation

    • Instant messenger

    • Text messages

    If you hire remote workers, create a digital communication plan. Zoom, for example, is a common platform for businesses and school districts. Strategizing how to contact your freelancers in advance can help you foster a closer relationship with your contractors.

    When you treat independent contractors as part of the company, they will behave as part of it. The happier your independent contractors are, the more likely they will keep your company's best interests in mind.

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