3 Disadvantages in Hiring Non-Full Time Software Developers
Software development is the future of businesses thriving in the internet and for all entrepreneurs in the digital arena. However, the growth rate and competition in this industry have low tolerance to errors and delays. And its consequences are making companies realize the importance of building a dedicated software development team. Some experts in the business learned it the hard way, courtesy of the “cost-saving strategies” from hiring non-full time developers. And if you’re currently looking into hiring part-timers or freelancers for an important software development project, you need take a look at these 3 common factors inherent in some freelance software developers.
1. Lack of dedication and proper motivation
Part-timers and freelancers are non-full time for a few very good reasons. It’s either they’re focused on one other project or several more. And when a software developer isn’t entirely dedicated to a project, the output tends to be mediocre — purely 1s and 0s. But business trends state that a useful and profitable software is more than just a yes or no tool. An honest dedication is just one of the guaranteed element in building a software in this caliber. In this context, it’s rare to find a freelancer with an honest dedication working for a fixed time and budget.
In comparison, dedicated developers’ primary mission day in and out is to build with passion, producing the highest quality software possible. They are capable of doing so with dedicated time, project-exclusive devices and comfortable environment.
Another common instance in some freelancers and part-timers is that they tend to have lower motivation compared to full-time software developers. Permanent developers have more sense of pride as their names are inevitably engraved in a software they developed. These developers are naturally more inspired to build, redevelop and improve their products.
2. Requires extra time in grasping the overall objective of the project
It’s one thing to say that a software needs an X number of features in X number of days and another to say that it needs creative features that will support that app’s objectives. The former sounds more precise and simple. Once its built, it’s up to the stats to tell if such feature is profitable. It’s more like a wait-and-see approach. After some time waiting and numbers comes back negative, the development is essentially back to square one. That’s a normal thing except for companies competing against time and for customers. And these days, those are common description for most businesses.
If the objective is to continuously develop an app aimed at making it a market leader, placing the task in the hands of a part-time software developers may not be a sustainable business move. Also, any software development company that truly desires a sustainable business model will agree that doing things right the first time is the way efficiently to achieve growth.
3. Low level of loyalty
Loyalty is another factor that differentiates a completed task from an impressive output. Apart from being dedicated and motivated, loyalty in permanent developers who are part of the team are more inclined into looking after the best for their organization and therefore delivering the best products. Instead of completing a list of tasks as it is, loyalty urges software developers to look further into a build such as possible better features, preventive measures from bugs and overall improvement of the product.
Hiring reliable full-time software developers requires a significant amount of time and effort. In software development, an exclusive software development team is undeniably a major investment. Although such a big leap is scary, it is now possible to build a dedicated and reliable full-time software developer teams with lesser risks and investment.
Originally published at getdevs.com on October 12, 2016.