As an early tech start-up, should I hire developers or outsource work?
Being a startup you most definitely are in need of services that are reliable and affordable at the same time.
First up, congrats on your new venture!
In my view, the best strategy that works is that you have a tech member like a CTO that's internal to you and under him, you can build an outsourced team. This way you still have some level of control as opposed to completely be dependent on the outsourced developers.
Feel free to reach out should you have more questions, thanks!
There are too many Experts who have given answers. But as a new one in a startup, I will give you just one simple suggestion. Don't take my words "suggestion" as another meaning. I am suggesting to you because I have faced too many problems in my career.
First one is you should hire a developer. Don't give your project to outsourcing. Because if you will hire someone you can exchange ideas on what you want and what they have to do. If in mid-project you want to change directions or make updates you can. But in the case of outsourcing, it will bother all of you.
If you hire a developer, he should never feel that its startup.
The main point you should remember that if you don't have programming knowledge, never let him feel. Tell him/her that you are master in programming. Otherwise its damn sure he/she will cheat you. They will tell you 7 days for 3 days work. I am a victim of such things.
And at last best of luck (it always works with hard work).
I would suggest you go hire a developer. It will become easier to handle things. As a startup, you will have to experiment a lot of things and keep on making changes constantly, outsourcing the services may lead to problems in the long run, especially, in the initial phase. Supervising the developer will even give you some learning experience.
All the very best for your startup.
It is better to outsource development work and concentrate on core business development. Once your business establishes, you can hire developers, this is because development work will require team of developers. If you are not able to utilize development team, it becomes liability.
Definitely, you need to have a person who understands and knows programming as a team member and then you can outsource developers for your project.
Every great start needs a dedicated and reliable team and also need a perfect plan and strategy to run a company.
You have a small startup but the goal is the same, you need the best clients and also you want to provide 100% satisfactory services to there clients.
So the best advice to you is to hire full-time developers who need it like one backend developer and 1 mobile app expert and you can outsource the designing, marketing work to small local companies or consultants who have more than 5 years of experience.
Still confused? Direct message me. I worked for many tech startups and they are all doing well. Helping startups is a good habit of mine.