How to Convince Your Boss to Hire Freelancers
As producers and editors, it can be difficult to expand your global video content library when your team is small or based in one location. You already know that hiring freelancers around the world can help fill out your team and actually end up saving money while producing more content, but your boss may need a little convincing. Don’t worry, though — we’ve got you covered. Here are a few steps you can take to convince your boss that hiring a freelancer is the right move for your next project.
Step 1: Start with the money case.
If you want to shoot a video on location, then it only makes sense to hire local freelancers because it will save money. You’ll have less travel costs, spend less time on logistics and budgeting, save on hiring fixers or translators, and more. When you present how much money you can save to your boss, it will only make sense for them to get your team the needed help.
Step 2: Show your boss what more you could be doing.
Freelancers don’t just expand your editorial capacity by being able to get stories around the world, but hiring them means that the money you save can go towards producing even more stories. Or you could put the savings towards creating bigger budget projects and campaigns. Plus, when you have more people within your reach, you’ll have more story ideas to work with and be able to choose from the best ones. You’ll also free up your time to buckle down and focus on what’s most important for your team.
Step 3: Explain how things will get done faster.
Hiring freelancers will actually help your team get work done faster and prevent your team from losing someone to a few days in the field. Your team won’t have to waste time traveling, take time away from other priorities, and freelancers can make the deadlines instead of you trying to juggle the deadline for a project along with everything else you’re working on.
Step 4: Reassure your boss of freelance quality and payment.
Your boss might be concerned that freelancers won’t have the necessary skills and experience to produce the same quality of work that your team would. Lucky for you, there are solutions to this. Curated networks like Storyhunter vet for quality and will provide you with the best possible freelancers for your project. Plus, you won’t have to do any extra paperwork for payments because freelance networks handle that, too.
And if none of this works, have your managers check out these incredible videos produced by freelancers, so they know what they’re missing out on.
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By D. Simone Kovacs, Storyhunter Editor