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Why Is Software Development as a Service Better Than Hiring Freelancers?

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11/22/2021
Why Is Software Development as a Service Better Than Hiring Freelancers?

Any software development team can get overwhelmed if a new project turns out to be more complex than originally estimated.

This is especially true if the same team has to maintain the existing software at the same time.

Working them harder is likely to be counter-productive because overworked people make more mistakes that you then need to spend resources on fixing.

Even worse, over time stress at work can lead to a burnout, putting you at risk of losing some of your best talent.

So what should a CTO do when they realize that their team can’t handle the workload anymore?

Your first impulse may be to find a freelance software developer who has the necessary expertise to lend your team a helping hand.

But have you considered going with a software development as a service (SDaaS) company instead?

What Are the Challenges of Working With Freelancers?

It’s important to understand that bringing freelancers onboard introduces several issues:

  • Hiring. When you are looking for a freelancer, you have to spend as much time on the hiring process as you would when hiring an employee. However, the freelancer won’t stay, so the return on investment is much lower.
  • Professionalism. A freelancer might look great on paper, but then turn out to be lacking professionalism. Lack of responsiveness, poor communication, missed deadlines, etc. You know what I’m talking about. But by the time you notice this, it may have already caused significant disruptions. And then having to fire the freelancer in question and find someone to replace them will set your project back even further.
  • Loyalty. While a freelancer has incentives to do good work, they don’t have the same loyalty to the company as employees, which makes them less reliable. For example, if a better opportunity comes along, a freelancer may bail on your project midway. It’s understandable because a mercenary mindset is required to survive the feast-and-famine cycle of freelancing. But it means that you may have to deal with unexpected disruptions that might set your project back.

Of course, there are plenty of amazing freelancers out there who have the expertise, the professionalism, and the ethics that are needed to get the job done.

However, you need to keep these three potential problems in mind if you are thinking about hiring a freelancer, especially if the project in question is very important.

Why You Should Go With a SDaaS Company Instead

Now, if you are concerned about the aforementioned issues, you may want to consider working with a SDaaS company instead.

For example, with NerdCloud, you won’t have to worry about hiring, professionalism, or loyalty:

  • We will provide all the manpower you need to get your project done on time. Our software developers have already gone through a rigorous hiring process, have the necessary experience, and have proven themselves with a variety of projects.
  • We hold our software developers to the highest standard when it comes to professionalism. If they weren’t professional, they would have been fired a long time ago, simple as.
  • We cherish our reputation as a reliable SDaaS provider, therefore we won’t bail on you no matter what other opportunities come along.

Moreover, when you need to get a lot of work done fast, we can scale your team with dozens of developers per month, then scale it down to the original size once things calm down.

This gives you the agility that your competitors will struggle to match.

Conclusion

Hiring freelancers may lead to unexpected problems and set your project back.

Going with a SDaaS company like NerdCloud provides an alternative solution that is less time-consuming, more reliable, and more scalable.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page if you want to learn more about working with us.