Freelancing and outsourcing are two words that are often used to indicate a similar meaning; but these two words have two opposite positions in terms of their meaning and functions. Many people use these two words synonymously with each other because they do not know the meaning of these two words. Let's explore the difference between these two ideas.
To begin with, we must define both separately in order to find similarities and differences. Freelance, by definition, means to earn money by working independently without any obligation. On the other hand, outsourcing is the performance of a job by a freelancer, paying him/her without a permanent job. In other words, freelancing is a modality in which a person decides to work, he/she becomes a freelancer. But outsourcing is the action of an employer to seek a freelancer to perform some projects.
A freelancer works like a freelancer; he has no obligation to do any work. He can do the work whenever he wants and if he delivers the completed work on schedule, he will get paid. If he doesn't, he won't get paid. At the end of the day he is a person who takes complete control over the decisions of his professional operations. An outsourcing contractor functions to maximize the utility of the resources he has by simply having the work done by someone without employing him. An outsourcing contractor can also function as a mediator between the company and the freelancers. So as you can see, there is a relationship between the terms, in general they have a similar meaning, but they are not the same.