Directly hiring freelance developers is a cost-effective option when compared to hiring in-house talent. However, the characteristics of freelancers make them hard to manage and vet properly, and they present unique and costly problems where scaling is concerned.
Hiring a developer from an agency helps mitigate these risks. Agencies provide proper management and support, and they come equipped ready to scale.
For example, at Erudition Informatics, if one of our developers is sick or has to take some time off, we can easily refill their spot on the client’s project. This way, there’s no interruption on the work being done, the client hits all their deadlines, and they don’t have to waste time looking for another employee. If the project needs to scale up or down, it’s also easy to remove or bring on additional employees. This benefit is unique to agencies.
Agencies also make it easy to vet and manage employees. At Erudition Informatics, all the employees have at least three years of work experience and are supervised by qualified managers. In the name of security and transparency, we also sign NDAs and share detailed work timesheets. If you hire freelancers directly off of a job board, you don’t always get these benefits.
Even though you may be able to save on costs by using a freelancer, a much better option is to take advantage of the security, managed workers, scaling capabilities and resource allocation that an agency affords you.
If you have a question, you can always contact us directly to learn more.