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Outsourcing Web Development

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We’re probably not going to see the end of the office environment anytime soon, but workplaces are becoming increasingly reliant on virtual talent. In fact, it’s not unusual for a company to hire workers from around the world. Outsourcing web development talent has proven invaluable for companies—especially small businesses and entrepreneurs—with a desire to throw a wide net, acquire the best talent, and even do away with the overhead costs associated with brick and mortar offices.

According to Urjashee Shaw, web developer at Simpalm, a Maryland-based web development company, tech professionals, including freelance web developers, have recognized the need for their talents, and will often opt to offer their services under contract instead of employment. This is beneficial to them because it gives them opportunities to work on their own terms, and it’s beneficial to employers because they’re often more affordable than in-house talent.
What are benefits of outsourcing talent for your business?
The obvious benefit of outsourcing talent to freelance web developers is the cost. A standard cost for this kind of work runs about $150 per hour—yikes! However, many overseas developers will do the same work for as little as a quarter of that cost.
Another key advantage of hiring freelance web or app developers is simply the sheer range and selection available. The amount of outsourcing among small tech companies has made the field competitive to the point where freelancers have to be on top of their game to appear desirable. And since global communications have advanced to their current state of ubiquity, the employers are no longer restricted to geographic location. When all the options in the world are literally at your fingertips, freelance developers will strive to stand out and gain your attention.
To be an entrepreneur is to be driven, talented and relentless in your goals. However, even the most intrepid business owner cannot do it all. One of the major pitfalls of tech start-ups is the desire to burn fast and bright, but they usually end up just burning out. Rather than attempting to take care every aspect of the business, you should outsource specific duties to professionals with specialized skills. Although this may seem like an unnecessary overhead cost (especially when you possess the skills), placing your web or app development duties in the hands of a freelancer will allow you to focus on running and maintaining the business.
Tips for hiring freelance developers
Despite the numerous benefits, hiring a freelance app developer is not a foolproof, “quick-fix” solution to all your needs. Establishing relationships with regular collaborators takes time for you both to know what to expect from the other. Investing in regular freelancers—as opposed to jumping on the most affordable option at the moment—is still a cost-saving measure in the long run. After time, they will be able to deliver on your expectations.
Also, virtual communication, however advanced, still does not offer the same face-to-face attention you can give an in-house employee. Subtleties and nuances often become lost over email, or processes can become over-complicated. Establishing long-term freelance relationships will, hopefully, smooth out these issues.
Author: This article has been provided by SourceGuru, an online marketplace where you can buy and sell talent services such as freelance graphic and web design, programming, app development, writing, translating, marketing and more.
Published: May 29, 2015
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