Thinking about outsourcing versus insourcing
This article is a guest article by Briskstar Technologies - at the end of this article, we add our thoughts too.
Where to head for outsourcing and why should you choose outsourcing to business instead of job portals?
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Many experienced within the technology sector understand how difficult it can be to put together a team of top talent. We can’t just walk over to Silicon Valley to find the best developer for your project(s).
On-boarding development has become unaffordable. The costs are high, losing capital to inexperienced developers with miscellaneous costs included. If you’re looking for extremely high-quality engineers one can go to Toptal or a similar assorted developers communities. (At a minimum rate of $70/hour, the maximum rate can be astronomical).
Quality is important, but at what price?
Offshore outsourcing can look overwhelming - that’s why we’re here. We will help you find the best-relevant resource or a team that matches your goals, your budget, and your timeline.
We have software developers ready to get started on your project today.
If you’re just beginning to build your team, you’ll know that in-house development costs a lot of money and time to put together. The business chooses outsourcing in place of insourcing can bring down their overhead:
and so much more!
Again, When it comes to building apps, most people assume that a freelance web/app developer is the best choice. The cost can seem tempting and the freelancers seem to be qualified.
So you may be asking, "Should I just use a job portal like Upwork?"
The short answer is NO!
If you have done any research into freelance job boards like Upwork or Freelancer, you’ll know there are plenty of horror stories out there.
In most of these freelance groups, many developers will post their un-verified qualifications, forcing clients to pay for a poor job because the qualifications didn’t line up.
Why put your project at risk?
With an offshore outsourced team working for you, you’ll be working with a trusted and verified team of developers.
There are plenty of advantages to outsourcing versus a using job board, such as:
A dedicated team who won’t disappear on you when things get critical. On a job board, you may be held at ransom if your freelancer disappears on you.
A team has multiple skill sets. They can brainstorm and problem-solve together. Freelancers work alone.
A team can help you balance costs by hiring a more senior developer to lay the foundation + a junior coder + a quality assurance officer. Your very own experienced team.
A team gives you access to onboarding, daily meetings, or check-ins. With a freelancer, you’re at their mercy.
Offshore outsourcing can be simple. See, what our client says for us:
"Briskstar Technologies LLP was instrumental in saving a software project that was costing me tens of thousands of dollars. They immediately rescued the project in a very short time frame, saving me a lot of time, money, and effort."
Thank you Info Rhino - Our Strategic Technological Partner for allowing us to share our thoughts on your platform.
Thoughts by Info Rhino on outsourcing versus insourcing
Thanks to Briskstar for putting there thoughts on the challenges software enterprises find when deciding whether to outsource or insource, and the additional challenge of hiring freelancers. There are a couple of things we want to add from our experience of working with freelancers and their platforms.
per hour freelancer platforms and why they rarely work for serious technology projects
We at Info Rhino do use logo designers, and some marketing sources on these freelancer platforms. There are two main challenges we find with these platforms (not legal advice).
- They are agency based legal agreements. This means that the client and/or supplier cannot negotiate the terms. This leaves these platforms unusable because of the risk both parties can face in the event of something not working out. The freelancing platform won't make a fair assessment.
- The awkwardness of freelancer platforms business process. To get freelancers and clients, each freelancing platform has to find a way to ensure both parties are locked into their process. Sometimes this means only uploading code/content through their platform. Sometimes we have to pay for a package that doesn't fit what we need. For serious technology software engineering, we have struggled to find competent freelancer platforms.
per hour freelancers and relying upon reviews
At Info Rhino, we are often faced with highly challenging requirements from our clients. Often, our unique skills focus on building solutions that are reusable and will help the client beyond the original application use requested. Our experience of outsourcing to freelancers is generally the case;
- There are some incredibly talented freelancers.
- They don't tend to have the experience of building large scale enterprise solutions. A great example would be the release process of software.
- They won't have the strength in-depth across the technology stack. They may be able to write code but they won't have the data modelling skills needed, or database skills.
- They won't have their own website, which when working with website and application developers who want to showcase their skills does not make sense.
- A review is only as a good as a reviewer. Is the review genuine? Does the hirer have the ability to assess the skills of the freelancer?
When does freelancing platforms make sense for software development?
The only time it makes sense, as far as we can see, is if you are prepared to pay a freelancer over a period of time, giving them very clear requirements on what is required. The platform the freelancer is sourced through must have as few complications as possible. Even if both these conditions are satisfied most clients will find it hard to scale that work, and testing the quality of the solution will become hard.
Thank you for reading
Briskstar focuses on having technologists across different technology stacks. Info Rhino focuses on having strength in depth across a number of stacks, but will engage former colleagues and partners to add strength in depth to the solution. These are both viable alternatives.
If you are a freelancer, do contact either Info Rhino or Briskstar to put your ideas across, we welcome dialogue.
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