I've been helping startups as VP Product and am now considering freelancing. Whether you're early stage or growth stage, I can see the need for a dedicated PM, but a good PM in whatever shape or form is way better than a dedicated average PM. So I'm curious - would you hire a freelance PM to help you out ?
In my experience, unless you have a strong ability to offer more value than just product management, the assignments tend to go to a dedicated product manager or the other teammates or CEO provides this role and then they hire either a long term consultant or a full-time person. If you're a long term consultant, at least half your time is invested in the project, typically. You can freelance more easily doing two VP Engineering roles that also covers Product.