When businesses look at outsourcing, they often compare the idea of full offshore staffing with hiring people through sites like Upwork and Freelancer.
On the surface it seems like a good, simple solution – someone external to your office does the bulk of the work for you. Given the nature of the sites, it is highly likely that the freelancers will be overseas, a large percentage in the Philippines.
There are some significant drawbacks to using an online freelancer as opposed to investing in a dedicated remote team.
The first is in the name – Remote team. Freelancers on these sites are individuals.