Pros and Cons of Freelance, In-House or Outsourcing in Mobile Development

pros and cons of freelancing, freelance vs company, in house vs outsourcing pros and consFreelance vs company vs inhouse

Hire a Freelancer, put together an In-house development team or simply outsource the project is really a tough question to deal with when planning a mobile development project.  


So let’s be clear, developing a mobile app is no cherry pie. A big part of it depends on your budget, crystal clear business objectives, and timeline. If for any reason you pick the wrong option, it could have a snapback effect on your business once the app is up and running.


We’ve put together the Pros and Cons of each option to help you cut through the noise while avoiding the hidden pitfalls.

pros and cons of freelancing, freelance vs company, in house vs outsourcing pros and consIn-House Development

Putting together an in-house development is good for you if you have unlimited resources. In considering such activities as in house vs outsourcing let`s focus on the pros and cons of the first one.



  • Resource control– This ensures that every member of the team is pulling his or her full weight. You can modify, reinvent or change the product in real time according to the market pull without losing a sweat.


  • No Legal Hassle– Since you are running the show and everything is happening under your watchful eyes, you don’t run a right of intellectual property theft, source code ownership dispute and so on.



  • Cost and Time– Putting together a team of developers is incredibly expensive. Except you are lucky to find those who will take payment in the form of equity (Unicorns). Skilled developers are in high demand like Bitcoins convincing them to join your team may take more time than you bargained for.


  • Infrastructure– workspace, equipment, software, mobile app testing devices, and coffee machines (Not expensive but you get the idea of what I mean) goes into the budget.


pros and cons of freelancing, freelance vs company, in house vs outsourcing pros and consOutsource

While many companies enjoy the success of having outsourced a project to a company, others have sworn never to try it again due to awful experiences.



  • Cost and Time Reduction– Outsourcing means you don’t waste time and money on infrastructure, equipments, employing, training and retaining a team.


  • Short-Term Commitment– This means you pay a fraction of everything. At the same time, you have a team of Pros working on your project without long-term commitments.


  • Quality- With outsourcing companies popping up on every corner on the internet, the competition for clients means increased professionalism and quality mobile app(or bad Yelp review).
  • Risk Mitigation–  Once you put pen on paper with the outsourcing company the risk is automatically transferred to the outsourcing company. They bears the responsibility of on budget timely delivery.



  • Intellectual Property Theft– At some point you will share a privileged information with the third party.  When that happens you run a risk of that information being stolen.


  • Quality Control- Except you are a developer with some experience it is close to impossible to monitor the quality of work being done.


  • Communication- Mobile development is fundamentally a collaborative work and the process can break down if there is no direct communication.


pros and cons of freelancing, freelance vs company, in house vs outsourcing pros and consFreelancer

If you have a small project, tight budget, and flexible project turnaround time, then hiring a freelancer might be cost effective for you. Let`s discuss pros and cons of freelancing:


  • The communication line is direct to the developer, affordable rate and can always adapt to your preferences.



  • Finding the right fit takes a lot of time, no loyalty, risk of low quality product is high.


At the end of the day, the final decision boils down to cost and risks. Companies trying to develop a mobile app for a tightly regulated industry with high-security concerns might want to consider an in-house development team. Though expensive, it will benefit the organization in the long-term.


You can opt for a freelancer assuming you are looking for a particular skill set and you have a technical background that will help you evaluate the work being done. You must be able to confirm that the elevator of your proverbial Barbie house is working.


Startups, small and medium-sized businesses lacking time, skill, and resources to shoulder the development costs of a quality mobile app can outsource the project. Opting to do it internally doesn’t make much strategic business sense. If all your customers access your services and products on a mobile device then you definitely need experts developing your mobile app. This will help you stay competitive in this intense mobile space.