1. Consider Hiring Freelancers or Consultants vs. Employees
For many nonprofit organizations their immediate future is very uncertain. When hiring employees, there is always an outlook for a longer-term commitment on both parties. This can definitely be a mutual relationship, however sometimes hiring a freelancer vs. an employee has not even been considered.
Hiring a freelancer or consultant can be more manageable and beneficial compared to hiring an employee.
- Expertise: Freelancers/Consultants specialize in a certain subject matter area, such as fundraising, grant writing, social media, crowdfunding, accounting, legal counsel, etc.
This is good because they have experience and are really good at what they do. A lot of times I have seen these technical expert areas crammed together under one job description for an employee. That is not sound as it leads to that employee not being able to live up to all of these skillsets or burning out trying to accomplish them all (hello, women).
Just imagine if on your job description you had plumbing, marketing, accounting, crocheting, public speaking, and veterinary work. Okay, maybe I am being just a bit facetious but there really are differences in skillset between organizing a fundraiser and writing a grant. However these skills always seem to be thrown together.
- Contractual Basis: Your nonprofit will not be committed to the never-ending funding for an employment position.
You budget for a freelancer to do something specific, for a certain period of time, and know what your deliverable will be. For example, hire a freelance grant writer to find 10 grants and write five of them in a six-month period for $x amount.
Oftentimes with employees it is more ambiguous on the impact that they actually have on your nonprofit. Sure, you have certain milestones they aim to meet, but that takes work to manage.
- Remote Work: You don’t have to provide a computer or office space for consultants.
If you have employees right now and another surge comes where they are required to do remote work for a period of time, you are still paying for the office space, software, and hardware that they may or may not be utilizing. Freelancers are in charge of all of their own operating expenses.