I've run into a lot of situations where company's and directors/CEOs/etc. are either on the fence about hiring a contractor/consultant, or against the idea. In these situations, they're thinking about hiring a full-time employee. If I find myself in this situation, I don't feel like I have the context or empathy to explain the benefits of hiring me as a consultant over hiring me as a full-time employee. I see the advantages for myself, but not them.

To gain empathy—and sell myself better—I'd like to know the pros and cons of hiring a full-time employee vs hiring a consultant, and I'd like this to be from their perspective, not mine.

  • Kinda think you need to ask company mangers/CEOs/COOs this question.. not other freelancers. All freelancers can do is give you a freelancer perspective, not a CEOs perspective.
    – Scott
    May 9, 2021 at 6:33
  • @Scott That makes sense. While I agree, I would think that every successful freelancer has to understand this to sell their services to people at that level. Is there a stackexchange for C-level employees or startups? it didn't seem like it to me. May 14, 2021 at 21:14
  • You could also try searching for an answer on The Workplace.SE, it's best to not repost this question there, as posting the same question on multiple sites is discouraged; but if you do be certain to link to your question here.
    – Rob
    Oct 11, 2021 at 22:31

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To answer the question, you have to consider beyond the headline cost...

With an employee, as well as the salary, you have to factor in (depending on the jurisdiction):

  • Additional payroll taxes
  • Other health care and/or social security charges
  • Sick pay and holiday pay
  • Pension contributions
  • Training and development
  • Provision of equipment
  • etc

With a freelancer, there is the agreed rate...

Then there is mutuality of obligation... an employee is obliged to turn up for work, and the employer is obliged to provide it (or at least pay them anyway) - but if there is no work to do, the freelancer likely has other tasks to do. Likewise, with an employee, terms of employment will dictate minimum notice periods.

Equally, hiring managers maybe constrained by headcount limits... or maybe they just want someone for a short period of time, to do a specific job.

In summary, there are myriad reasons.....

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