21st Century Question. Freelance or staff? Remotely or at the office?

    Each team sooner or later raises the issue of replenishment. For example, we needed an Android developer. After the release of the application, many people noted that they would like to see Ridewithme for the Google operating system. So, the questions that we will try to answer in this article, and there are only two of them, are:
    In staff or freelance?
    To the office or remotely?

    Full-time employee - an employee who can be guided along the way and monitored in real time. In addition, such an important aspect as live communication distinguishes a full-time employee from any other.

    A freelancer is a person who is not infected with your idea, it is almost impossible to control in real time, and to motivate such an employee, often, can only be done with money.

    According to the first two formulations, a full-time employee is good, and a freelancer is a fiend of hell. But this is far from the case. A full-time employee, of course, has a number of advantages over a freelancer, however, do not forget about pay.

    A full-time worker requires: a chair, a table, tea, a cookie, a computer, a window, six square meters of area, a salary, a social package, taxes, holidays and more.

    The freelancer, in turn, requires money only for one specific task, no social contributions, permanent salaries and so on. As the saying goes, "I did the job - thanks, here's your payment!"

    If you need to implement one specific project, then freelance is a great solution. For the sake of drawing one logo, for example, it makes no sense to hire a designer. If there are a large number of tasks, then it makes no sense each time to give them to freelance to different people with different styles, terms and more. And this, I note, design is a matter of taste. And when is the question about programming? Where then to look for this g @ extracoder ?! Here is another pitfall - no one owes anything to anyone. This problem worries both the employer and the employee, for obvious reasons.

    What if I don’t get paid? What if he does nothing?
    Nothing, look for a new partner. Once again, no one owes anything to anyone.

    So, in order to understand what kind of employee you need, you need to think about what he will do after he does what is required of him now. If you cannot imagine him as a full-time team member, then you definitely need a freelancer. Freelance is also suitable if you have a limited budget.
    If you choose this method, it will be necessary to coordinate with the employee. Remember, if an employee trusts you, then this will definitely have a positive effect on his activity and responsibility. It is also very important to discuss aspects of further cooperation. Since the task of outsourcing will cost less than the salary of a staff member. Plus, if one day budgets allow you to hire an employee in this area, you will already have a proven candidate.

    Remotely or at the office?

    Imagine that our team is staffed. Where to stay and how to organize work? These questions can be answered in different ways, it all depends on the means and capabilities of your team.
    You can rent an office and buy furniture if you have money for it. If they are not, then remote work is your choice. This is not bad, no: it is convenient and comfortable. You don’t have to get to work for 40 minutes, everyone has their own mugs and no one is rubbing your food from the refrigerator.

    If you are together from the very beginning, then the remote mode will not shake the work efficiency. But with new employees, if any, problems may arise. In fact, for an employee who is not keen on your general idea, remote work is the same freelance, and if a person is not responsible, something could go wrong at the most inopportune moment. If all the guys are reliable, you don’t need to worry, everything will work out. Moreover, there are a lot of means for communication. For our team, this list is not large, but sufficient.

    1) Slack - a wonderful service, say, corporate chat, which supports the separation of users by channel, file sharing, private messages and more. By the way, another undoubted plus of Slack is the different subscriptions, including the free one, which came up to us.
    2)Skype - everyone knows what it is. We used it for live communication, so to speak. It’s not always convenient to write, and talking on the phone for a long time is expensive.
    3) iMessage / WhatsApp / Viber / VK - we rarely used, of course, but very functional programs.

    As we already wrote in the article about team building , each team needs to develop its own methodology, because each member of each team is unique, and in order to win it is necessary to choose a special “staff” and a set of “skills” for a specific task. You can download the results of our work in the AppStore . Rate and comment.

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