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 ?
Hiring a freelance Product Manager is a terrible idea. There is certainly merit to someone with a lot of recent Product Management success (notice I said success, not experience) helping an inexperienced product manager improve process and practice, but the idea of a wholesale outsource for this role is really not something that I would suggest you promote.
It would be a terrible signal to investors and it would lead in almost every case to a suboptimal result for the product.