How is Outsourcing different from working with a freelancer

If businesses have learned anything in the past year, remote working is essential. Companies have adjusted to the move from on-site working to remote working and how it can yield the same results, sometimes even better.

Outsourcing stood out as the go-to for most companies as it offered professional support at a fraction of the cost. there are however many who are still on the fence when it comes to outsourcing, they can’t decide whether they want to hire a dedicated virtual assistant or a freelancer. If you are one of these people, this article looks at the pros and cons in a bid to help you decide what is best for you and your business.

Aren’t they doing the same thing?

Though they share a few elements they offer a completely different work experience. Freelancers, as the name suggests do not adhere to your set timeline but rather work on a timeline and platform that best suits them. They manage your business processes and work for more than one client.

Dedicated virtual assistants work for one client, exclusively and partner with that client to give them the work they desire their way in their time. You are kept in the control of your workflow and deadlines.

What do I need to know about hiring a freelancer?

They cost less

Freelancers are always looking to find more clients. This means they are easy to find and are flexible in their pricing. They are self-sufficient so you do not need to provide them with anything to get your job done.

Need no supervision

Freelancers are usually masters in their fields of knowledge. this means you do not need to supervise them as they have likely done this several times before. All you must do is outline what you need and when you need it then they do the rest.

They are not dedicated to you

This is the one downside to freelancers. They are not dedicated to you so they will focus their time and energy on the task they feel is a priority some reserve the to discontinue a job at any given time.

They are not completely secure

Since freelancers work remotely, they reserve the right to keep their identities anonymous. This means whatever information you give them is not kept completely secure. You need to confirm the identity of your freelancer and a legally binding contract to be safe.

What do I need to know about hiring a dedicated virtual team member?

Save on costs

You can get a dedicated team member at a fraction of the cost of an in-house staffer. This team member comes with all the office materials and equipment they need to work and provide high-quality work.

Since they are dedicated to you, they will only focus on the work you give them. In addition, they will be working solely for you, so you are in constant contact with them at every turn.

With a dedicated virtual team member, you can incorporate them into your existing team and have them become of companies work culture. This will make it easier for your team members to collaborate with your team on tasks. Establishing a long-term working relationship with a dedicated virtual team member is easier.

Which should you choose and why?

Business needs stability and efficiency. This means you need a person you can rely on to produce quality work on time every time. Whether you are working on a one-time project or need to support your team in the long term, we advise you to pick a reliable service provider you can hold accountable. We strongly recommend you go with dedicated virtual team members.

This is not to say freelancers are not to be used at all. If you have a one-time job that you feel you don’t need to incorporate an individual completely into your team then by all means, consider freelancers. You are more likely to have a well-rounded experience with dedicated teams.


Dedicated teams allow you to grow your business and get more time. Accomplish your personal and business goals when you have a team member on call when you need them.

Get a dedicated virtual assistant today

Many do not like how time-consuming it is to hire a team member. ZimWorx has simplified that process by limiting it to five simple steps. Every step of the way you are kept in control of your outsourcing process. Get a virtual team member today from