Ok, we’ve seen quite a few threads on “how to get freelance work”, “What should a freelancer make” and “I’m officially ROGUE, now what?” to name a few. Would anyone like to look at the other side of the coin?
No need for hypothetical situations; lets get right down to the nity gritty.
I’m a small business who has decent cash flow and a strong urge to expand, even in these uncertain times. I know my design skills are not on par with the likes of Taylor, Michael D or the vast number of the people here. I know a stronger product offering is a catalyst to take the business to the next level. Should I hire a freelancer?
I agree that this looks like a “no brainer.” However, I have a few reservations.
First and foremost; There are no guarantee’s in life. There is no guarantee that hiring a freelancer to design a few items will result in increased sales or better margins. All of the risk and expense is on me, they bear no cross in this venture, so to speak.
We are cash flow positive at this point, but our budget is no where near the level of household Brands (who seem to be struggling as they aren’t as lean). Hiring a designer sounds, without serious investigation, expensive. Then I refer to my initial reservation above.
What if my freelancer turns out to be a flake? References?
How would you talk me into hiring a freelancer? I’ve toyed with the idea for a while and I would like to put it out there for discussion.