If you’re building a web app and you don’t have a lot of cash to play with, you won’t be able to afford a full time developer.
If you’re a young startup and you can afford a full time developer, you’re probably spending too much money and will quickly go out of business. (This still applies to those who’ve taken funding. Don’t waste your cash on expensive payrolls).
Ummmm … now what?
This is a major long term problem and it’s one we’re wrestling with right now at Carson Systems.
Our two web apps (DropSend and Amigo) were built by two different (and very talented) freelance developers. We got them built quickly for a very affordable price (around Â£6K each).
Feel the pain
When you’ve outgrown your freelance developers, you’ll know it. Trust me. Here’s the dead give away:
Getting bugs fixed and new features implemented starts taking fricken’ forever.
So what if you find yourself in this situation, but you still can’t afford a full time developer?
You’ve got three options:
- Figure out how to increase your revenue so you can hire someone
- Raise some funding
- Go offshore
We’re taking option #3. DropSend and Amigo don’t really generate enough revenue at this point to justify a full time developer (we could, but it wouldn’t be a wise business decision).
The problem is that things are stating to take way to long to get fixed.
So we’ve decided to create a two person team (one full time developer and one part time project manager) in Russia that will work for us full time. Gone are the days of battling our freelancer’s other clients for their time!
We just started with our Russian team, and you know what? I absolutely love it.
We were fortunate enough to have friends who already had in-roads in Russia, so they could help us find the right team. This is vital. I don’t think you have a prayer if you hope to go through rent-a-coder or some other 3rd party service.
You really need someone you can trust, and that can only be done through recommendations.
So we’ve got a full time developer for a very affordable price. This includes: desk space, hardware, broadband and a little bit of project management by a second person (our developer doesn’t speak fluent English so we go through a project manager).
Rock and roll. DropSend and Amigo are really going to get a kick up the pants and you should see some great new improvements and bug fixes soon. I can’t wait!