Don’t hire a freelancer to build your minimum viable product. Make sure whomever building it is close and accessible.
The freelance and gig economies are upon us as more and more of our workforce choose to work as an individual rather than stick it out in their 9–5. When it comes to software development, hiring a freelancer can help cut costs, but there are times when it is beneficial and others when it can be a hindrance. We take a dive into hiring a minimum viable product freelancer. As a budding entrepreneur, it is important to understand who to hire, how to hire, and when to hire.
Building an MVP is not the time to hire a freelancer. A MVP is the stem from which all other features and pivots will sprout from. As your product evolves over time, you will want your team to have a rich understanding of your product history so they understand how it has been built and why. This causes an issue when using a minimum viable product freelancer since they will no longer be involved once their contract is over. Many are just looking for one off projects, but a handful will bite the bullet and join the team on a contractual basis. The latter is your best bet, if you truly want to use a freelancer for your product build.
Once the MVP is up and in users’ hands, you will begin to generate the most valuable income within entrepreneurship (aside from money of course), user feedback. This feedback will help to set a road map for your product, as it’s important to strive to provide more value to your customers, which will create a need within your company to iterate quickly. Significant problems arise when a freelancer is hired to build an MVP and then leaves afterwards. You lose time and money, as you have to hire another freelancer, in house developers, or an agency, to get caught up with the build of the MVP and eventually make the necessary updates.
If you are going to use a freelance developer for the MVP, ensure that they will be available for further updates once the product gets released. Try to work something out so future updates will not cost you a fortune.
This was the fourth of a five part series about the importance and benefits of building an effective minimum viable product. Click here to read the fifth and final post in the series, Steps After Minimum Viable Product.
Originally published at blog.venturestorm.com on December 15, 2016.