We couldn’t agree more. Saying NO is an art, and a necessary skill to acquire to prevent stress, burnout, and even depression. We shared a few additional strategies for saying no in our article here: https://medium.com/the-mission/the-art-of-saying-no-399512c81ff1
Our lean, mean, startup machine at The Mission is made up of both full-timers and freelancers. Freelancers help fill the gaps in our skillsets and they also bring unique perspectives about our podcasts and content because they are somewhat removed. They are valuable to any organization, big or small, for all of the reasons you listed!