Offshore freelancing is a process whereby a client hires a freelancer to work remotely from a different location than the client. More often than not, the freelancer works from home and is based in a foreign country.
Clients should hire freelancers for short-term projects. This is because, in most instances, a freelancer can work independently if a project is short term and does not require significant inputs from the client. It would, however, be unadvisable if a client hires a freelancer to work on a project (or projects) that is likely to span six months or a year. This is because an outsourced project(s) of such a long duration would require at least some regular interaction and collaboration between the freelancer and the client. By default, due to the very longevity of such a project, it is highly unlikely that the freelancer could work independently for a whole year. Such outsourcing would demand that the client and freelancer work directly together.
Freelancing is not ‘designed’ for the client and freelancer to work closely together. This is one major reason why freelancing is unsustainable for long-term projects. There are other reasons as well and let’s see what these are:
At any time during their association, all these potential inefficiencies can cause a client to abruptly stop working with a freelancer or vice versa. A client then has to start from scratch – search for, screen, and hire another freelancer. In a project already riddled with delays, some more time will be gobbled up with the client having to build a rapport with the new freelancer, train the freelancer, and for the freelancer to catch up with the work at hand. A client, who has a consistent work flow, may find himself having to repeatedly contract with different freelancers, which is costly and time-consuming. A freelancer abandoning a project mid-way can have dire consequences for clients with pressing deadlines.
In summary, outsourcing with an offshore freelancer on a long-term basis can be highly inefficient for two reasons. Firstly, working with a freelancer is very impractical. Secondly, clients are likely to find themselves having to repeatedly source and hire new freelancers.
Is there an alternative? Yes, there is.
Hiring a Virtual Employee is by a far a better alternative for clients with long-term projects. Take a look at the advantages.
In conclusion, for clients with long-term requirements, hiring Virtual Employees is a lot more efficient than hiring freelancers. This is not only because working with virtual employees is easier but also because clients can work with the same individuals on a long-term basis and they won’t have to waste time on recruitment, learning how an individual works and in retraining.