These days, more global companies decide to outsource web development projects, rather than handle them internally. If you’re in the web development trade, the only smart thing to do is at least consider outsourcing as a viable option.
It’s not the way things used to be done 30 years ago, which means some people are still reluctant to outsource. But judging by the increasing popularity of this practice, it’s the way things will be done for a long time from now, so… here’s everything you need to know about it.
1. Outsourcing saves you money.
One of the main reasons why companies outsource their work is to cut down costs, so why be coy about it?
It used to be that if you wanted a good web development team, you would have to go through the laborious and costly process of scouting and training them, not to mention invest in apparel, software, and so on. With outsourcing, you no longer need to do that, you simply hire the services of already-trained specialists and pay them a rate per project (usually charged at a per-hour rate).
Outsourcing enables you to find the best dev team for your project at the lowest rate available. Some of the best web developers out there come from small and often poorer countries, where the living costs are automatically lower. This affects the project cost, because a team from Ukraine, for example, will usually charge less than a team from New York.
2. Outsourcing allows you to focus on what you do best.
Perhaps your company’s top skills aren’t development, but marketing, sales, and other important aspects of business. By getting rid of the development stress, you’re now free to focus on what you do best, and provided that the company you hire also does their best, you could have a bestselling app on your hands.
3. Outsourcing, despite what some say, is secure.
Or at least, it should be. Sure, you can still get scammed out there, but a trustworthy IT outsourcing company will usually sign an agreement protecting your rights as the owner of the project so that you don’t have to worry. The truth is, in outsourcing, as in anything else, you can avoid disappointment if you do just a bit of market research beforehand.
4. Outsourcing gives you access to specialists.
When relying on your in-house team, there is only so much they’ll be able to do, and this might affect the outcome of your project. When outsourcing, on the other hand, you get access to an immense pool of talent and can find the ideal developer to understand and care for your project.
Convinced? Why wouldn’t you be? Now that you’ve decided to give outsourcing a try, it’s time to:
- Define your goals;
- Decide on a timeframe and budget (remember to be flexible – at the end of the day, what matters most is the end project!).
- Lastly, research the outsourcing market (company reputation, hourly rates, different time frames etc).
And there you have it, you’re ready to outsource your next big project!