Outsourcing Web/Software Development To Freelancers — How to improve success rate

freelancing-lessons

Hir­ing a free­lancer for your web/mobile app devel­op­ment sounds easy at first sight, But it can become worst night­mare of you if you are doing it wrong. Soft­ware devel­op­ment is a cum­ber­some process,  It requires to fol­low stan­dard cod­ing prac­tice to ensure a bug-free appli­ca­tion. Not only stan­dard cod­ing but also an under­stand­ing of the project, Some­times free­lancers are not aware of full-scope of the project, they do under­es­ti­mate it and then fails to deliv­er it on time or some­times not able to deliv­er at all.  Free­lance devel­op­ers are often over­loaded with work, they have to meet mul­ti­ple dead­lines So, they can not devote qual­i­ty time to your project. I have been a free­lancer since last 7 years and I have seen both, suc­cess­ful sto­ries & failed one as well. I would be shar­ing some tips with you so that you can min­i­mize the risk and max­i­mize the qual­i­ty.

 

Hire the appro­pri­ate: Web/Mobile apps are made of var­i­ous parts like graph­ics design, HTML/CSS design, APIs, CMS,  Fron­tend etc. Most of the free­lance devel­op­ers have full-stack skills but still if you want a qual­i­ty prod­uct then you should hire dif­fer­ent free­lancers for dif­fer­ent task, take me for an exam­ple when­ev­er i gets any web app devel­op­ment project, i ask them to hire a design­er sep­a­rate­ly for logo & web-page design cause I am not good in that,  like­wise some devel­op­ers are good in fron­tend devel­op­ment (Javascript/AngularJS/ Mobile App) and some are good in back­end (APIs & servers), So try to hire appro­pri­ate free­lancer based on your require­ment.

Ask for mile­stone deliv­ery: Break down your project into small mile­stones, and ask your free­lancer to plan devel­op­ment & pric­ing accord­ing to these mile­stones. You can break it down as per func­tion­al­i­ty so your mile­stone will look like — deliv­er user reg­is­tra­tion & login  func­tion­al­i­ty , Deliv­er les­son cre­ation & list func­tion­al­i­ty etc. and you can keep time­frame based on the com­plex­i­ty of func­tions  & urgency.  This way you can keep bet­ter track of project progress.

Research about tech­nol­o­gy stacks: Many times free­lancers impose tech­ni­cal stack which they are good in , they don’t care whether it is suit­able for your project or not , I have seen free­lancers  doing this  in many projects.  So do research about the tech­ni­cal stack which free­lancers sug­gest you. You need to research about things like fron­tend tech­nol­o­gy, back­end (API) tech­nol­o­gy, data­base, servers, frame­works and oth­er stuff.

Have reg­u­lar com­mu­ni­ca­tion: Nev­er let com­mu­ni­ca­tion gap hap­pen. Do talk to your free­lancer reg­u­lar­ly and ask him for updates. You can do it via skype/hangout or phone call in inter­vals like 1 day or 1 week (depends on your project). This way you will be updat­ed with the progress, and if it is going slow you can dis­cuss the prob­lem and way to solve it out.  Many of the projects fail due to the com­mu­ni­ca­tion gap, so avoid it at any cost.

Give rea­son­able time & mon­ey:   “Great Things take time and effort” Keep this in mind, always give rea­son­able time to free­lancer to com­plete the project, same with mon­ey. If you give them less time & mon­ey they will put less effort and result will be a poor­ly devel­oped appli­ca­tion, on which you have to waste mon­ey lat­er.

Hire Ver­i­fied & trust­ed free­lancers:  Hir­ing a free­lancer first time is a tough job, In inter­view you may find them skilled & enthu­si­as­tic, But on work space there are chances they may not per­form well, that‘s why hir­ing from a trust­ed resource is required.

Oth­er use­ful read­ings:

http://www.freelancermap.com/freelancer-tips/10654-the-5-most-common-outsourcing-mistakes

http://www.freelancermap.com/freelancer-tips/10766-why-do-freelancer-projects-fail-5-common-reasons

vivek

Web Developer & Server Admin, Skilled in Java , PHP , LAMP, Tomcat, Mongo DB & SQL. Available for freelancing project or Open Source Contribution, Feel free to contact me at contact@viveksoni.net .