Freelance Business Content Subcontracting Questions

You’re freelance business is moving along and you’ve been wondering if you need to hire subcontractors to help with the big jobs. You may not be making much money yet, and aren’t sure of the pros and cons of taking this step. Is it financially worth it to hire subcontractors?

To answer this question, you have to ask yourself these questions first:

1. How much do you want to make per piece, per hour, per job?

Without the answer to this question, you shouldn’t commit to anything.

2. Will you earn what you want on this job if you subcontract some of the work out?
Keep in mind that you will need to proof (and possibly edit) the outsourced content. In addition, if the job involves a lot of posts or articles, you will need to create multiple spreadsheets for each subcontractor.

3. Will the organizing and managing of the project with subcontractors on board still allow for you to earn what you want?

Aside from the actual content writing, the organizing and managing of the project will be time consuming. Each spreadsheets mentioned above will contain: what specific job they are doing; the specifics of that job; when it’s due; when the content is received, keeping track of all the titles or other information; when it’s submitted to the client; when you’re paid from the client, when you pay each subcontractor.

And, don’t forget about the all the communications between you and the subcontractors.

There is also the bookkeeping aspect of the job. You need to keep track of income and expenses—this is a must.

You may begin to realize that all the time spent on organizing and managing the project could be spent writing your own content.

4. Is it possible to do the work yourself? Or, do you feel you won’t get done on time without the help of subcontractors?
In regard to these two questions, it might be that you think you have less time than you actually do. Maybe the client wasn’t very specific; this is where you need to request a specific and definite amount of content per week, or time period. Another possibility is to negotiate with your client for an extended time period so you can complete the project on your own without being overwhelmed.

Communication is essential.

Karen Cioffi

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