Once a software idea comes into your mind, the next step to define is: who is going to develop it? The 2 main options you can consider for this are: a Freelancer or a Software Development Company, also known as Software Development Agency.
In this post, we wll explain you the main difference between them, and the advantages and disadvantages each one present.
A Freelancer is a “self employed” person who does particular pieces of work for different organizations, or have their own personal clients. They are “multitaskers” as they are in charge of developing, designing and testing.
Advantages of hiring a Freelancer:
Costs: generally, Freelancers offer lower rates than Software Development Companies, as they practically don’t have to pay office costs as companies do. The difference between the hour rates is 20%-30% less approximately.
Specified in one area: generally, Freelancers specify in one area. This point can be considered as an advantage or disadvantage depending on your project. I mean, if you need to finish a project similar to those they’ve already worked, they can be a good fit. But sometimes, when you hire a Freelancer, you end up hiring another, because the first one can’t finish the task you need. So, depending on your project, they can be a good fit or not. Probably, if you are starting a project from the beginning, hiring a Software Development Company will be the best option, as they have different developers that specify in different tasks.
Disadvantages of hiring a Freelancer:
Companies specialize in building web and mobile products for different clients. The main difference they have with Freelancers is that they assign groups of developers to work 100% in a project. In these groups, you’ll probably find developers and designers.
Advantages of hiring a Software Development Company:
Disadvantages of hiring a Software Development Company
To conclude, the best option of hiring a Freelancer or a Software Development Agency, depends on the product you want to develop. On one hand, professional Freelancers can be a great fit for specialized tasks, but on the other hand, for more elaborated projects, probably, a Software Development Company would be the best fit.
Despite this, in my opinion if you are short of time and want to avoid lots of headaches, Software Development Companies solve problems quicker, and are more controlled than Freelancers, as they have a team manager in charge.