October 20, 2019
Let us have a brief examination of these three available options
Hiring an in-house PHP developer in the developed countries, for example, for around $90,000 a year isn’t the cost-effective option for many businesses. When you add the costs in benefits, taxes and equipment, and cost of recruitment and hiring, the total cost can well exceed $170,000.
The most efficient model is one where around 30% of the work is done by a core group of in-house talent, and 70% is outsourced to freelancer or remote agencies.
Now, let’s examine the viability of hiring a freelance developer directly, versus contracting them through offshore development companies such as Capital Numbers.
Getting a freelancer directly off of a job site or through referrals may come with lots of benefits apparently.
- You can save on costs, especially if you are hiring offshore
- Freelancers are quick and agile.
- Some of them are highly specialized and very skilled.
- Using them frees up your team for other projects.
However, this method also comes with its own set of drawbacks like:
1: Freelancers may vanish
When someone hire a freelancer, basically one is working with individual personnel who is trading for his time for money. Human beings are unpredictable by nature, if a single person is working on a project, he may get bored or go on a holiday or find a better client. If nothing happens he/she may get sick and decide not to proceed work anymore, by leaving the work in cold state.
2: To get quality work, you need cloud of professionals
Hiring one freelancer refers to hiring a one specialized skill whereas for a full-fledge product development you just more than one person having different domain knowledge. For example, working on a web or mobile app you need some who have specialized skills in GUI someone in coding someone in testing or someone having skills in product management.
3: Scaling is difficult
One of the most mouth-watering characteristics of hiring individual is that they bid very low price tag sometimes a few dollars per hour. Although apparently it seems beneficial what this approach brings some problems with itself as well. Say you found an extra-ordinary skilled developer, now you want to scale you product by adding some more features. What will you do? You will find another one with same skills, same language, same working style, same coding style?
Each freelancing developer works in their own style own nuances. It becomes very complicated if you change developer each time and you require each team members work together. If you haven’t as much expertise in patching team members believe us: it’s going to be extremely challenging.
4: No support and continuity
Freelance individuals go to others one after another. They just complete one project and quickly jump to next one. They usually do not get stick on same project for further development or maintenance. So, if something goes wrong after development or code gets buggy, you have to find some other one with same skills and characteristics to fix the errors and provide you relief.
5: Weak quality guarantees
If you think it makes logical sense for a freelancer to want to do excellent work and then get repeated work from clients. But, unfortunately all the freelancers do not work in this way: there are plenty who are happy to make it past the interview process, do the work without communicating, turn it in the day of the due date half-finished and then disappear, leaving you to clean up their poor quality. Although you can take them into accountability if hiring through a platform by leaving negative feedback and getting money back but nevertheless, you have wasted your time: and TIME IS MONEY..
ANOTHER OPTION: HIRING AN AGENCY DEVELOPER:
Here are some qualities that make agencies your best option:
1: You aren’t just relying on a single personnel
If you go for an agency, you have an option to not only choose the developer of your desired skills but you can also hire the full team. The team already has worked with together and understands each other how to work in team environment to solve a particular problem.
Hiring developer from agency ultimately save you time by not sitting through applicants and taking interviews of large number of developers. Once you sign contract with agency, you are done; that’s it and start you work within 1 or 2 days.
3: Ongoing maintenance & support
Once the product is developed and deployed, every company needs security in terms of bug-free systems. Freelancers might become irresponsible once the deliverables are completed but with agency proper support is written in contract. Good agencies will not leave you alone in hard time by helping in maintenance, support and will secure you code even after development is done.
4: New technologies and industry trends
It’s necessary for the survival of remote development agencies to stay on the top of emerging trends by evolving themselves into newly introduced technologies. Freelancing developers have limited set of skills and goals, so it’s not important for them to adopt new methods each time. On the other hand agencies adopt new methodologies quickly and provide you the state of the art skilled talent that match with your interest.
5: Multiple skills
Most probably you are running a setup where developers of different skills are required like UI specialist, digital marketer, developer or product manager. A good agency can provide you all resources in the cost of one under the same roof that become very easy for management to deal with them and lead them.
Hiring a freelance developer means hiring EXACTLY one freelancer. You have to hire another one if you want to scale you product up. If a freelancer flakes, your company has to wait for the new one to hire and proceed work.
However, when company you go for an agency, it is company’s the responsibility to maintain resources and provide you one after another, where required. Ultimately, you neither lose money nor time.
Hiring freelancer is an economical solution when compared with in-house team. However due to certain solid reasons it becomes difficult to manage freelancers properly and it feels unpleasant when scaling of maintenance is concerned.
Whereas hiring a developer from a digital agency helps you to do all tasks under one roof in the cost of one developer. The responsible agencies provide you after sale services or maintenance once the project is completed.
We recommend to go for a digital agency if you want security, reliability, economy of scale, quality work, support etc.
Hiring a developer from an agency helps mitigate these risks. Agencies provide proper management and support, and they come equipped ready to scale.
If you have a question, you can always contact us directly to learn more, or simply leave a comment