WHAT IS A EXTERNAL ASSOCIATE?
An external associate is a person, with a specific skill set, hired for continuous business cooperation without making that same person your employee. Outsourcing in this case doesn’t require you to provide extra work space, equipment nor further education for the task at hand.
BENEFITS OF OUTSOURCING
Hiring an external associate for a project or a task has a lower financial cost in regards to hiring an employee of your own by avoiding additional expenses required in case of a new job opening.
Furthermore, there are also no additional requirements for acquisition of new equipment, computer programs, licenses or appropriate work space.
Business cooperation with an external associate is determined by a contract in which both parties agree upon the conditions giving them more freedom in choosing the options regarding termination or downsizing.
With outsourcing the person you hired doesn’t have to be phisically present in order to be available to you. While it definitely is an option, most of the communication is commonly conducted via telephone or an appropriate online appliction.