A consultant costs more per hour than a developer you can hire right? That depends!
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A big firm may cost a few thousand per day. But a smaller firm or one-man shop can bring you savings in line with a team hire.
1. You’re still looking
Have you been looking for 3 months? 6 months? You might find someone. But maybe never? I
2. On-boarding takes forever
3. Fulltime hires quit
I’ve worked at a few firms where the fulltime hires quit within a few months. Why? One was a very mismanaged team. They were juggling a lot of technical debt & lacked leadership direction. Devs were frustrated and morale was suffering.
At another firm the CTO left. A new one replaced him who started throwing his weight around. Many of the old team members got fed up & left.
In all these cases a consultant will still be there, working day-by-day, getting things done. I wrote about this How do we measure devotion.
4. Halftime need
Smaller demand? Perhaps your capacity isn’t a full 40-hour week. Then an on-demand hire is really ideal.
5. Hit the ground running
Of course the biggest advantage is quicker on-boarding. You can expect productive work right away. That’s because a solo consultant has a lot of experience jumping right into the fray, and making an impact right away.