The companies or individuals just entering online business have budget constrains for web development. These companies or individuals search for cheap web developers; in a bid to do so they come across freelancers ready to render services for very low price. If you are one of them, placing a project on freelance site will give rise to 50-100 bids. You will feel that you can’t have a better start than this. But the trouble begins from here.
Large number of bids will make the process of selection a bit more difficult. Every freelancer tells that he is the best and not all are telling the truth. You have to make out which of them is correct. It is very difficult to find a freelancer who is expert in executing the complete work as per your requirement, after all web development is a very vast field.
After you select a freelancer for your website development work, the troubles do not stop here. Most of the freelancers have regular jobs somewhere else and are not available all the time. This gives rise to slow communication; they are not able to reply you back promptly. Also web development involves various types of skills like HTML conversion, PHP programming, design of website, testing and delivery which an individual cannot do efficiently alone.
Your selected freelancer will search for others to do the part of project that he is not comfortable with. This exercise will consume time and in the process delay your project. As many of the freelancers have full time jobs which demand lots of energy and time, at times freelance web designers do not get sufficient time to work on your projects. The web development requires lots of involvement of developer to build a quality website.
When you select a freelancer for your web development work, you have to solely depend on an individual. Any health or social problems of an individual will hamper progress of your project since there is no other person to carry on the job. Sometimes in order to cover their shortage of time, freelancers give excuses of being not feeling well or someone in the family in the hospital.
Most of the freelancers are loaded with excess of work as they render services at cheaper rates. This causes delay in your project and hence frustration in you. In some cases freelance web developer stops responding to your calls once you pay him initial part of money for the project. This leads to money loss over and above loss in time.
Now here are the benefits of hiring a web development company instead of a freelance. A web development company works professionally. It has ample resources to design, develop, test and host your website. Company is bounded legally so you can sign a contract for your web development work with the company. The backup resources with the company are sufficient so if there is a problem with one of the developers company is prompt to assign the work to another so chances of you work getting suffered is the least.
Finally a web development company charges money as the project completes various stages so you can track the progress of your project and your money is safe.