The Many Shades of Employment

Finding the right people has become challenging for everyone. Once you find them, you have options for how you hire them. You can hire them as full-time employees, as contract persons, or as a freelancer. Regardless of the company’s size, thousands of employees, or one, companies can engage people in a way that best suits their needs. People in marketing and advertising have been doing a variety of ways of employment for years, so it is great that these choices are becoming more mainstream.

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The following are the top three ways to engage workers and the typical breakdown. I’ve also added some commentary as to where each of them would work best for your business.

FREELANCE

Tax form = 1099

Net 30

Likely off-site

No benefits or benefits paid by individual

Makes own schedule

BEST FOR: 

  • When you know the work is temporary, either a surge of work or need a specialized person for a specific project. 

  • You want this person to be an expense vs overhead.

  • Prefer the opportunity to work with a person before committing to hiring.

CONTRACT

Tax form = 1099 or W2

Retained for a specific amount of time

Off-site or on-site

Benefits paid by hiring agency or individual

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Makes own schedule or agrees to time worked

BEST FOR: 

  • When you know the work is temporary, either a surge of work or need a specialized person for a specific project. 

  • You want this person to be an expense vs overhead.

  • When you want the stability of a person that a) is a business, or, b) affiliated with a business.

FULLTIME

Tax form = W2

Salary paid weekly or bi-weekly

On-site or blend

Benefits paid by you

Schedule determined by you

BEST FOR: 

  • When you know the role is permanent and needed daily.

  • This is your person and you want them as a team member.

When you work through an agency like Portfolio Creative, it takes on the image of the Contract employee. Basically, we put the person you choose on our payroll, provide them with benefits, and take care of all of the paperwork for you. I believe it is the easiest way and I have tried them all in the past as a freelancer, contract employee, and full-time employee. Which is why we exist. To make your life easier. Contact us for help, or if you just have a question. www.portfoliocreative.com