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Jason AzocarDec 15, 20202 min read

Freelancers or Full-Time Hires: Which is the Better Hire?

Time and time again we hear the debate of freelancers versus full-time team members and the age old question of “When do I really need to hire someone to do this work?”

But how do you know which to hire and why? Let us do the explaining for you!


Think of freelancers and contractors for short-term projects and work, or to get you through an extremely busy period of time in your business. If it’s a job that doesn’t constantly need to be done, freelancers might be your best bet.

Full-Time Team Members

There is value that a full-time member of your team that a freelancer can almost never provide. It has nothing to do with skill, but it has everything to do with where the worker’s priorities lie. Having a full-time member on your team that lives and breathes your brand comes with implicit value around culture and retention surrounding your other team members.

When you bring someone on full-time, you are investing in their talent and commitment to your team to produce quality results.

Believe it or not, some clients care about contributors to your team

This isn’t something that is talked about as often. Occasionally, you may have a potential client ask about your team and what their commitment is to working with you. This could be a make or break question that this potential client is asking you. Some clients couldn’t care less about what type of employees you have, but others may care about how dedicated your team will be to their company’s agreement to working with you. If you have freelancers on your team with multiple priorities and commitments, your client may feel like they could be someone else’s number one priority.

Cost is a huge factor

A lot of the time agencies believe that hiring freelancers or contractors is going to be cheaper in the long run, when really it’s quite the opposite of that. Freelancers and contractors are constantly inflating their rates to make up for not having benefits, paid time off, stability and more. It’s very rare that a freelancer or contractor is less expensive than bringing on a full-time member of your team.

It’s so important to consider the benefits of hiring someone full-time, especially when it comes to cost. Because that full-time team member is dedicated to only putting out work for your company, you are making a huge investment in that employee and your team’s desired results. 

Still not sure which hire is right for you and your company? 

Let’s set up a meeting to discuss your options and weigh the pros and cons to determine the best fit for your company. We will keep your company’s best interests at heart and help you figure out what the best steps are for your business.


Jason Azocar

Jason is a former HubSpot Recruiting Manager, a leader and a start-up veteran. A passionate team builder and an expert in recruiting and talent acquisition program design.