The current economic times have caused many businesses to trim fat and find ways to make each dollar go farther.  However, in this digital age, software and technology applications are too important to a successful business model to be skimped on.  Unfortunately, hiring a custom software programmer or developer to work at one’s company can be quite expensive, especially when quality work is a necessity.  Many companies bite the bullet and hire an employee for these valuable services, but oftentimes, hiring a freelance software developer can be a far more fiscally responsible decision.  Here are the benefits to hiring a freelance developer:

Expert Help

Due to their dealings with a wide variety of businesses, freelancers have the ability and knowledge to handle a far larger array of technology solutions than most employees could.  This leads to superior creative problem solving, and a faster turnaround.  Additionally, by using a freelancer for different technological aspects of a company, throughout the year, a different expert can be hired for each specialized task needed.

Saves Money

By hiring a freelancer for a job, companies can often afford to get a far more qualified individual than whomever they would hire on a yearly salary.  Freelance developers also only get paid for work, so sick days, health benefits, insurance, and 401Ks do not need to be paid for. Freelancers also come with their own equipment and workspace, so small businesses do not have to worry about making room for someone new or providing them with equipment.

Unburdens Staff

Employees will frequently spend the majority of their time tending to existing technology systems, leaving them with little time to develop new software.  By hiring a freelancer, custom software solutions can be developed, while employees are able to put their full attention into what they do best.

They Need Your Referral

Freelancers live job to job; their online ratings, reviews, word-of-mouth and referrals are absolutely crucial to their ability to make a living.  This means that, not only will a freelancer do the job to the absolute best of their ability, they will also fix anything that goes wrong and do whatever it takes to make whoever hired them happy.

Minimum Firing Friction

The economy is rough, times are tight, employers may need to make layoffs, but, knowing an employee won’t be able to pay their mortgage without the job can make such a necessity very difficult.  Freelancers are not emotionally attached to their pay rate for a job -- it is one of many they will need that year.  Employees are emotionally and dramatically affected by being fired, and freelancers relieve the stress of needing to let someone go.

No Blame Game

When an employee comes to work, they get paid. Period. Yet, often work does not get done on time, or is not up to the quality the employer desires.  Employees will often blame their coworkers, or feign ignorance that the project was due so soon.  Freelance developers enter into a written contract with the employer, promising the creation of X product by Y time.  This puts the full burden of responsibility on the freelancer’s shoulders, and protects businesses from paying for services that were never rendered.