Sooner or later, an entrepreneur faces a question: look for developers and designers on stock exchanges or contact a studio and visit this site?
Freelancers: who do you need? where to look for? how to choose?
It all depends on several variables and constants:
- The scale of your project
- Stages of development
- your budget
- Development timeline
- For a small project, one or two freelancers are suitable, who will deal with everything at once. Each of them will be, as they say, “and the Swiss, and the reaper, and the player on the pipe.” We will talk about the disadvantages of such a strategy later.
It will still be difficult for a couple of people to cope with a more difficult project: the volume of data is larger, the list of tasks is longer, the risks are higher that one of the developers will refuse such work, and you will have to start the process of finding employees all over again.
It turns out that the “team” will require more specialists, namely:
- Designer – will be responsible for the prototype and bringing the visual of the site/application into a divine form;
- Typesetter – will make, from what he designs first, a product with which you can interact;
- Programmer – will deal with the “stuffing” of the site/application – the backend: organize work with data, set up integrations with external services, test and debug the code, etc.
- Content Manager – fill pages or screens with text, and make sure that the user understands what they want from him.
Something like this is the case if you plan to launch something more serious than an online ceramics store, and if the product development will be on the code.
As you can see, the number of tasks for each freelancer will be many.
If it was decided to develop a site or application on NoCode, you will need:
- Designer – everything is classic here: he will assemble a prototype, and draw the final visual of the site.
- NoCode-developer – will debug the internal logic of the site or application, build a system of internal roles, set up integrations between services (for example, through Integromat or Directual, connect CRM and e-mail newsletters), etc.
Freelancer pros and cons
- If the development deadlines are burning, and there is not much left to finish, then you can quickly find someone at least more or less suitable.
- It may be cheaper than working on a similar project with a studio. Again, if you have a simple enough project that at most a couple of freelancers can handle it, it will most likely actually be more profitable. However, certain risks remain, about them – further.
- If an optional performer comes across, the quality of work will suffer. And you have to redo either everything or a tangible part. For example, if a back-end developer messes up with the code, and you find out only after the fact, when the artist has already caught a cold – change plans, postpone the launch, free up time, and prepare minted coins again.
- You will have to independently divide the total amount of work into tasks, distribute them among the performers and monitor the work of each of them.
- You really need to search and conduct a thorough selection. For example, some freelancers use programs for mass responses. In addition to finding an artist who is ready to understand and dive into your idea, you will need to wade through such spam.
How to choose a reliable studio?
In the case of traditional development, you can simply view the ratings, explore the studios’ websites and sign up for a consultation on terms/cost/conditions.
- Takes full control of development. In the studio, an account manager is responsible for communication with the customer. This is a person who is engaged in conducting a brief with a client, selects tools, calculates the cost and terms, prepares documents, and monitors the work of the development team. You will communicate with him throughout the entire process of working on the project.
- Work under a contract with clear legal guarantees. With studios, they usually conclude an agreement on the creation of a work (author’s order). It should describe the task in detail, indicate the deadlines, and the cost of the work, and specify who will own the exclusive right to the result of the development. Relations under an author’s order agreement are governed by the general provisions of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation on transactions and contracts, as well as special rules relating to this particular type of agreement.
- Reputation is more important for a studio than for a freelancer. Roughly speaking, it will be easier for a freelancer to hide in the event of a dispute. For the studio, it will be more difficult to cover up the traces after the conflict: it has a registered name, a website, that is, it is easier to point to it in a post on Twitter or in a complaint.
What is the result
Development is a responsible process, this is obvious: both in terms of costs and risks. And before starting the development of a website or application, it is important to decide who should be trusted with it.