The hiring of freelancers from Third World countries has become a very popular trend. The internet and PC revolution has changed the way we work. Today, we can work for a company from anywhere in the world. The question, then, arises: Why do SMEs (small- to medium-sized firms) hire freelancers from India so frequently; and why are the occurrences of the SMEs hiring full-time permanent employees from India are as so rare?
It is a moot point that hiring permanent employees is not in the interests of SMEs. Hiring freelancers has proven to be highly successful because of low costs and high talent, so surely the same rule would apply for permanent employees? Furthermore, the vast majority of multinational corporations have opened offshore offices in India to hire employees on long-term, permanent positions. If outsourcing permanent positions works for MNCs, won’t it also work for SMEs? The market for outsourcing full-time employees certainly exists; why then has this form of outsourcing remained fairly redundant for SMEs?
Hiring freelancers is often a productive move. However, they are often associated with a lack of professionalism. There are several reasons why freelancers sometimes suffer from such a reputation and, thus, why they are unsuitable to work on a long term basis:
If freelancers are unsuccessful in any particular case, it is almost entirely because of the reasons listed above, i.e. an unprofessional/unstructured setup. With permanent employees, companies require a greater level of professionalism than with freelancers. Outsourcing logo design to a freelancer is one thing but outsourcing large volumes of work to a permanent employee requires companies to take the following things into consideration:
It is for these reasons that we have witnessed a boom in outsourcing to freelancers but not so much to full time, permanent employees. A higher standard of care, professionalism, accountability, structure, infrastructure, and management is needed when outsourcing a long term job. So how does one go about hiring a full-time, permanent employee in India? Hiring a freelancer for a long-term position because of the above-stated reasons is simply impractical. The negative repercussions one could face as a result of hiring a freelancer on a long-term basis could be more serious than the potential benefits one could gain. Herein lies the reason as to why the freelancing industry has grown exponentially but hiring permanent employees in India is dwarfed by comparison. SMEs simply do not have any available method by which they can hire employees from India.
Outsourcing full-time positions was once considered unfeasible. However, we have made it a possibility. Virtual Employee Pvt. Ltd. is a third party that provides SMEs with their dedicated Virtual Employees who work from a well-equipped office in India. We sign a legally binding contract with our clients. The contract stipulates that the security of any sensitive data/information is the full responsibility of that service provider. It has also been clearly stated that ownership of works lies with the clients. This arrangement offers far greater security than hiring a freelancer does. The service agreement includes office space, office hardware, management, customer service, and a full-time employee. Though the employee works directly for and with the client, the client does not actually enter into any employment contract with the virtual employee. Unlike with freelancers, all tax, insurance, and employee benefits are considerations for the vendor and not the client.
So, SMEs can efficiently, easily and cost-effectively hire employees with us. Our long-term professional relationship can turn around your business.
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