Freelancers are free to choose their missions , and with whom they wish to work.
Of course, this choice must be made according to the expertise of the Freelancer, and his field of activity.
In this article we will list the different types of clients, their advantages, and their disadvantages.
1. The individual
In some cases, an individual can use a freelancer and request his help in carrying out a personal project.
- An amateur photographer can by example find a web developer to build a website on which to distribute his works.
- Still in photography, a professional and freelance photographer will take care of the wedding photos of a couple of individuals…
Often the individual does not have great constraints and leaves the freelancer relatively free in his work. It also allows you to work faster.
Invoicing a private customer is optional for services under 25 € (but of course, compulsory beyond this amount). Individuals tend to pay very quickly.
An individual pays out of his personal money and does not own the cash of a company, its budget will therefore be tight.
In addition, it is necessary to provide it with General Conditions of Sale before starting the mission.
The flexibility of a freelance (greater than that of an employee) and the expertise provided appeal to start-uppers whatever the stage of development of their company: this is why it is common for a start-up surrounds itself with several freelancers in its development phase.
The projects are always innovative and the working atmosphere most often relaxed: even for a serious project, the low number of members in the team (most often young) brings a conviviality that we will not necessarily find in other types of customers.
Another originality, the payment terms of providers are often short and rarely exceed 15 days.
The budget of a start-up can vary from 1 to 100 and is very dependent on its stage of development, on whether or not there has been a lifting of funds, a business angel, etc.
A costly freelancercheaper than an employee for a company, you have to remain vigilant and watch that the mission does not turn into a disguised employee ..
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In the short, medium or long term, an agency can afford the servicess from a freelance. This is often the case when an expertise or skill is not available among agency employees.
Between the agency team and their clients, working for an agency is an excellent way to expand your professional network. In an agency, the projects are varied and the client profiles very different.
Most of the time, the agencies are rather generous on the budget.
Alas, not always: it existse agencies that lower prices to ensure they sign a contract, by not worrying about the remuneration of their subcontractors.
Invoice payment is often made within 30 days, such as French law requires it in exchanges between professionals.
4. Large groups
If they close this list, it isthat large companies are not the first people think of when it comes to Freelance work. And yet, these companies too are likely to call on freelancers, for a wide variety of specific projects: developer, consultant, designer, copywriter, etc.
A large company will tend to have the same freelancers work regularly, and therefore be a loyal client for a freelancer already imbued with its corporate culture.
Loyalty, and generosity: The big groups are often the most generous with freelancers.
The work is often done in teams, and most large companies have complex validation processes coupled with a certain slowness of execution. These processes are very precise and must be followed to the nearest comma: it is a way of working that may be suitable for some freelancers but not for all (for example me, it is rather no). In addition, once the work of the Freelance is accomplished, the latter often goes through many departments of the company and goes up several levels: this represents a lot of people, and all have a right to inspect the work, make comments, ask for corrections ...
In addition to having a complex billing system, payment is slow and takes 30 to 45 days and even 60 days for some companies. Make sure you have the information you need for all of this from the startcollaboration (including the right contact in accounting, to be able to send the invoice when the time comes.)
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