App development · Digital marketing

Is it better to hire remote teams from a staff augmentation company or can Freelancers pull off huge projects with complete sincerity?

Moeen Khan MD - Synergy International School, Entrepreneur, Professional

July 22nd, 2020

I have a huge development project which I need to deliver in the next 3 months. What do you think?


is it a good idea to place my bets on freelancers or Remote managed teams are my best bet? I prefer remote teams as they comply with a contract and are answerable.


What are your thoughts?


Andrii Morozevych CTO, Smartphone App Dev: Limeapps.co.uk

July 22nd, 2020

If it is a huge project than it is probably a bad idea to use freelances, as you would need to manage all aspects of the work. In your case probably is better to use a remote team, who has a project manager or CTO

Nelson Osazuwa Founder Witda Nigeria tech entrepreneur with love & passion for Africa in software and Blockchain

Last updated on July 22nd, 2020

my opinion is you look for the most important part of the project and place key team members to work on,. While you look at the other side of the project to speed up things. this method is best used with respect to cost.

in conclusion, remote team is much better but expensive mixing both will help save cost and speed up/solve bottlenecks processes.

vijaya Rao Chief Technology Officer Linking Business & technology for value creation and Digital transformation

July 22nd, 2020

I have done both and found remote teams more useful due to consistency. Freelancers generally are not very responsive since they work for multiple clients at the same time

Anita Bassie Principal Designer and Owner, Group M Design.

July 22nd, 2020

Freelancers can be perfectly reliable. They work with contracts. Ask for references and follow up on them. What type of development project?

Amlan Chatterjee Head of Engineering at Decisionengines.ai

July 22nd, 2020

If you got $$ use someone like STRV.

Kurt Carter Senior Product Engineer at CloudSoft Mobile Inc.

July 22nd, 2020

Hello Moeen,

You have the answer already. Far too risky to bet on freelancers. They have no real vested interest and can easily bail out if they're not performing. Risk-wise it is much better to go with an actual development company. To do that effectively you really should have a tight functional specification and clickable prototype before you start development so that:

  1. All the key thinking is already done
  2. Risks are identified and mitigated
  3. You have a clear picture and reference point for what the end result will be
  4. You have a predictable, fixed cost before you start development

This is the only way to proceed on any development project and especially so when it is a big project. Anything outside of this will not succeed.

taieb ben dai CTO | Cofounder @webemore | Software Architect @VolksWagen with focus on e-commerce

December 29th, 2020

I would definitely go for remote teams.